The 5th Wave

Yancey, Richard (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The 5th Wave

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"Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them"--
Authors: Yancey, Richard
Title: The 5th Wave
Publisher: New York :, G.P. Putnam's Sons,, c2013.
Characteristics: 457 p. ;,24 cm.
Summary: "Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them"--
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Alternate Title: Fifth Wave
ISBN: 9780399162411
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Report This Apr 11, 2014
  • Violet_Cat_646 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great book. Can't wait for the second book.

Report This Feb 21, 2014
  • bearfax rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A friend of mine is a fan of YA fiction and recommended this to me. She and I have both read the Uglies series, and the Hunger Games series, among others. She was really excited about the 5th Wave. I liked it a lot - Cassie is so strong and brave, the story is exciting and scary, the details about how the first four waves detroy the population are TERRIFYING. But yeah: Crushes. I was thinking about how much I appreciate that Katniss Everdeen doesn't really think about crushes. Like, if the world is ending, do you REALLY care about a boy's chocolate brown teddybear eyes? I don't know, I've never survived an alien apocalypse. Anyway! It was still pretty great, and I'll read the next book.

Report This Feb 10, 2014
  • Cynthia_N rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I picked up the book because I saw it on a list of books to read before it becomes a movie. As a general rule, science fiction is not one of my favorite genres but this book was amazing! The story moves quickly and is very hard to put down. There are changing POVs but they are very smoothly done. Highly recommended!!

Report This Jan 31, 2014
  • samdog123 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

All the great reviews I read about this book were right and this book certainly did not disappoint! It's a quick exciting read and flows really well. Follows the survival efforts of Cassie, her family and a school crush, Ben as they struggle to survive an alien takeover of the earth. Some excellent plots twists here and I enjoyed every minute of this book. Made me want to read more of Richard Yancey's books.

Report This Jan 07, 2014
  • JACK_FROST rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I'm currently two-thirds done and very impressed. Not the "best book you'll ever read" or "best this year" but a good novel nonetheless. It's a novel depicting what a massive alien invasion would be like - gruesome and well executed in waves of attacks that have decimated the human to dwindling numbers. Follow the characters of this world full of carnage, fear, and empty silence as they survive it, live through it, and fight back.

Report This Nov 19, 2013
  • LibraryK8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The aliens, never described in detail to leave the reader imagining the worst, have unleashed 4 waves of death upon humanity. The first, an electronic pulse to render all machines useless. The second, tsunamis to destroy coastal cities. The third, an avian plague called The Red Death. The fourth, Silencers, a race of humans implanted with alien intelligences as fetuses, an enemy we didn’t see coming. The 5th is upon us. Cassie, a 16 year old surviving on her own is one of the few left alive on earth. Armed with an M-16 and a teddy bear, she searches for her little brother with the hunky and mysterious Evan. Zombie, was an up and coming athlete when he was “recruited” by the military and forced into a cruel boot camp to train as an alien killer.

Report This Nov 02, 2013
  • emilyswartzer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"After the 1st Wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. After the 3rd, only the unlucky escape. After the 4th Wave, just one rule applies: trust no one." Cassie believes that she may be the last human on earth. Or at least one of the few that have survived. Now expecting the 5th Wave soon, Cassie is struggling to stay alive. The 1st Wave was an electromagnetic pulse, an EMP, that knocked out electricity, anything with batteries, or anything with an engine. Only chaos remained. The 2nd Wave was even worse, the 1st killed about 500,000, the 2nd made that number seem insignificant. the 3rd Wave was the Plague. It killed 97% of 4 billion people. The 4th Wave was the Silencer. She is the last of her family. Her mother was killed by the Plague. Her father is dead and her brother is probably dead too. Approaching Cincinnati is awful. You can smell it from miles away. The stench of dead bodies and raging fires. A Drone finds her so Cassie crawls under a car. Now squished, she realizes that she has cornered herself; run=die and stay=die. Eventually it goes away. Unconscious she she is brought to a house. She has been like this for a week and can barely walk.Evan Walker is the first live and healthy person she has seen since Camp Ashpit. Evan has taken care of her and now she decides that it is time to go after her little brother Sammy and Evan wants to go with her. On her adventure to save her brother who might be dead, Cassie makes it to the end. With only her M16 and her will to live will Cassie survive. My only complaint was sometimes trying to figure out who was narrating the book.


Report This Sep 22, 2013
  • BlueMoonGirl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Could not put this book down; it's that good!! Will be waiting impatiently for the next novel...

Report This Sep 03, 2013
  • JCLOctaviaV rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was a lot like "Enders Game" but much better.

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Report This Jul 15, 2013
  • stepha89 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Violence: Nothing overly graphic, but enough that I wouldn't recommend to younger readers.


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“God doesn't call the equipped, son. God equips the called. And you have been called.”

“I thought I knew what loneliness was before he found me, but I had no clue. You don't know what real loneliness is until you've known the opposite.”

“I didn't save you," he whispers, lips tickling my eyelashes. "You saved me.”

“There's an old saying about truth setting you free. Don't buy it. Sometimes the truth slams the cell door shut and throws a thousand bolts.”

“What doesn't kill us sharpens us. Hardens us. Schools us. You're beating plowshares into swords, Vosch. You are remaking us. We are the clay, and you are Michelangelo. And we will be your masterpiece.”

“We'd stared into the face of Death, and Death blinked first. You'd think that would make us feel brave and invincible. It didn't.”

“When the moment comes to stop running from your past, to turn around and face the thing you thought you could not face--the moment when your life teeters between giving up and getting up--when that moment comes, and it always comes, if you can't get up and you can't give up either, here's what you do: Crawl.”

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