The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

25 Feb

The 5th Wave

the 5th waveIn modern day United States, the unthinkable has happened. Some form of alien life, called the Others, has come to the Earth and has conducted a genocide of the human race. They came in waves. The 1st wave all the electronics shut down; the 2nd wave the ocean rose up; 3rd wave was the pestilence, a deadly plague; and 4th wave were the Silencers who would hunt you and shoot you down; but still tiny pockets of human survivors remain. What is their purpose? What will be the 5th Wave?

In this maelstrom of death, we find one of our main characters, Cassie Sullivan, struggling to survive after her father was murdered and her little brother captured. Sammy is the only thing she has left, and she is attempting to journey to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base where she believes he is being held. Before she can get very far, however, a Silencer injures her, and she finds herself rescued by a sweet teenage boy, who seems too good to be true.

Our other hero is Ben Parish, Cassie’s crush before the Others came. He ran away from his family and is now at Wright-Patterson where he is training to be a soldier. He’s known as Zombie now, and what came before his training has been utterly erased. He survived the Pestilence, and the captured alien software program Wonderland shows he has great potential. He’s a squad leader of a small band of child-soldiers and charged with finding and killing the people who are inhabited by the Others. His past haunts him, and he takes a great responsibility for the youngest member of his group, Nugget, who actually is Cassie’s Sammy. When Ben’s band gets clearance to go off-base, something doesn’t add up. No one knows who can be trusted, and one wrong step could mean your life. With 7 billion people already dead, only the strongest will survive against the 5th Wave.

An apocalyptic dystopian and science fiction thriller, Rick Yancey has written a desolate yet emotionally gripping novel about an alien invasion. While it takes some time to create the backstory for each character and the world in general, by the middle the action is moving quickly and the stories are intertwined at the end. Occasionally, the confusion of the main characters might also create confusion for the reader. If you’re feeling depressed and alone, perhaps this isn’t the book for you right now. If you like mind games and perhaps like NBC’s series Revolution or The Walking Dead, try this book. It’s a heck of an emotional wringer imagining the sheer amount of the dead shown here, but you’re in for a great story.

Be prepared for graphic violence and strong language.

The Infinite Sea is out September 2014.

“How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

   Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

   Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.”


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