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5th Wave, The


After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother - or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

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Approval Rating: 50% (6/12)
Average Rating: 4.45

★★★★★ amazing

By Reviewer145101 on Sun, 12 Nov 2017 22:16:49

this book is the best! Its so interesting and literally could not stop reading it is really good and I like the little bits of comedy chucked in. It is the best. -Caitlin age:11


By qwert123 on Tue, 23 Dec 2014 10:00:39

This was not really my type of book, plus she said that evan smells like chocolate, how does someone ALWAYS smell like chocolate?! read the monstrumologist!


By fatimax on Thu, 23 Jun 2016 23:45:35

I loved this book and this sounds stupid but I still don't get why Ben's POV was shared although it was nice to read. He was still only her high school crush. BUT I LOVE EVAN AND OMG

★★★★☆ The 5th Wave

By Patron50449 on Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:20:06

First time reading a Rick Yancey book. Interesting story line but well written. Just enough character development to make you understand who is who without too much "frosting". Chapters move from person to person but not confusing where you are. This is the first book. Will definitely read the next 2 to see what happens.

★★★★★ Amazing read!

By Itsjess_28 on Tue, 12 Jul 2016 06:11:38

This book is one of the best dystopian books I have ever read! The book is about an alien invasion and 16 year old Cassie has to survive it while saving her brother. At first it sounded clichè in my head, but when I read it was an amazing storyline and the different perspectives were unique too. This book is absolutely amazing!

★★★★★ Great read!

By Mrs. Henning on Wed, 18 Nov 2015 13:02:28

I've read many dystopian novels, but this is the best one I've read recently. The plot is detailed and well-written, and it is easy to follow without being predictable. I definitely recommend this book!

★★★★★ This Story Is Going Places

By Aaliyah on Sun, 22 Jun 2014 14:01:53

It's better to go into this book with absolutely no expectations. I did and I was completely blown off my feet. This story was intense from the beginning to end, and I loved all the characters. What I loved most about this book was that even though you think you know what's going on, Yancey has a way of making you second guess yourself over and over again. I can't wait for the next one!

★★★★☆ A Great Story

By Bobalou on Tue, 10 Sep 2013 17:44:09

Alien invaders have conquered the earth, leaving Cassie, the heroine, her father and brother isolated. Without revealing the plot, the story tells of Cassie's ability to overcome the odds of rescuing her younger brother from the space invaders and her growth from a frightened girl to become a brave warrior.

★★★★★ The 5th Wave

By Bedford Summer Readers on Tue, 06 Aug 2013 18:52:52

Very original take on alien invasion/end of human race stories. A gripping tale!

★★★★☆ Nothing Is What It Seems!

By Becca1 on Sat, 29 Jun 2013 21:52:09

Alien invasions have fascinated me since I first knew what aliens were. In The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey aliens have come to earth and are in the process of taking over and destroying humanity. The invasion has occurred in waves. When the book begins we are in the process of the fifth wave. However, no one really understands what the fifth wave is. Cassie hides from the aliens. She knows that the aliens are masquerading as humans; therefore she has to be wary of everyone. Cassie believes in remaining alive and trusting no one. However, her perspective changes when she is saved by a mysterious young male. He supports Cassie and seems to cherish her presence. Nevertheless, Cassie’s main goal is to rescue her brother from the people who strangely took all the children from a survivor camp. Meanwhile, we also hear Zombie’s (as he is nicknamed) story as a member of the armed forces supposedly taking measures to prevent the aliens from taking over. We also get Cassie’s brother Ben’s viewpoint. Furthermore, we also have occasional glimpses of Evan’s outlook. The 5th Wave is the alien invasion you never want to witness, but love reading about being in the dire world that Yancey has created. I love the quote the author uses by Stephen Hawking as it sums up the book perfectly. I did enjoy that this book had multiple viewpoints as it gave the reader a more concise story. Cassie was funny and brave. However, at times I felt she was too naïve. But, this may lessen as she deals with the alien invasion in further books. I also enjoyed the concept of the alien’s appearance and the resulting terror they stirred within the public. However, I would have liked to learn more about why they invaded Earth. Some of the scenes that were meant to be scary did not move me towards terror while I was reading. But, I did enjoy that the author explored how humanity responded with an alien invasion. I also enjoyed the turn the novel took that changed everything for all of the characters. The writing is what truly sets this apart from other science fiction on dystopian series. The writing is lyrical, humorous, and extremely witty while maintaining a meaningful prose. I have to admit this is my version of an alien invasion. I am extremely interested in the reasons being the invasion and what the final outcome will be for the humans and aliens. Looking forward to the sequel! I would recommend The 5th Wave to readers who enjoy science fiction or dystopian series.

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