Review: The 5th Wave

ImageTitle: The 5th Wave

Author: Rick Yancey

Rating: ★★★★★

Provided Synopsis: 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.

Review: Crap. Holy crap! When is the next book in this series going to be released?!

I have just finished The 5th Wave and I am completely blown away by what I just read. Think of this book as what would/could happen if all of the aliens in those invasion movies actually succeeded in their infiltration of the Earth. They do not come peacefully, they have a plan, they have been observing how we think for centuries, and they have inserted themselves among our ranks. Plenty of the characters in this book must come to terms with the paranoia of this post-apocalyptic time period, and so did I. Whom can you trust? Is there anyone to trust? Is there anyone alive, or is Cassie the lone survivor of the human race?

Since this book came with so many surprises there is very little that I want to say about the plot other than the gist of it. Cassie is alone and in hiding from the alien invaders. Because they have infiltrated themselves under the guise of humans she knows there is nobody she can trust. Yet, somehow, she must make it to where her little brother, Sammy, has been relocated to in order to fulfill the promise she made to him before they were parted. Along the way she will come into contact with the truth and with doubts. Along the way, the author also includes the perspective of a character named Zombie, which gives the reader some of the most thrilling and demoralizing insights into what is happening near those in command. I never wanted this book to end. I want the next book now. There is nothing more that I can say to you other than read this book!

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