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First I have heard about this book a lot via social media especially since I guess it has been turned into a movie. Then my librarian asked me if I had read it and of course I hadn't. So I picked it up and decided I would give it a read and see how it goes.
I really did like the book and how everything was done in waves to get rid of the human population. But I was confused at times with the different P.O.V.'s I was reading Cassie's story and then flipped the page and it starts off with the name Zombie and I was like wait what? Went back re-read a few pages went back to the chapter and started reading again and realized that it was a whole other person we were going to be talking about. That right there had me drop a star.
We get to learn a little bit about the other waves and how they affected Cassie but we mostly stick with the 5th wave and what is in store for those that are still here on Earth. Now I was a bit confused to exactly what was going on around page 317 because I wasn't sure who was in the right and who was in the wrong when you read the book you may know what I mean. As I got closer to the end it all made sense and made to be quite interesting since that is when the most action comes into play.
As a reader I didn't really get to understand the aliens and why they were doing what they were doing to the humans. What exactly were their intentions? Hopefully in the next book we get to learn more.
Characters: Cassie I liked how she was able to survive after no longer having anyone and set her goal to finding her brother. It was nice to see her think before she acted in some situations though when it starts going crazy you don't have time to think.
Zombie: I kept wondering who this person was and when we get towards the end if it didn't already click for you, you will know. He has a big heart for the little kids especially one called Nugget and so when he learns of the plans that are going on within the place he is at his goal is to get to Nugget.
Evan very mysterious. Someone that when I first started reading about it didn't click to me on who he was but as time went on I went oh my goodness okay. Let's leave it at that. You can tell he wants to be the good guy but who will trust him?
Hopefully I didn't give much away in this review. The plot was good I don't really do alien type books as they get to be too much but as I was willing to give this one a try I thought it was pretty good. Will be reading book two to see how some of the characters survive.
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on 2 June 2013
Bearing in mind I read this in just over 24 hours, the one word that must be applied to this Young Adult alien-invasion dystopian novel is PAGETURNER.

I'd not heard of the author prior to reading this. I gather he's won awards for previous novels: clearly with some justification.

The story is centred on 16-year-old Cassie Sullivan. After an alien spaceship appears in the skies above the planet, nothing seems to happen, at first. Then a series of waves of attacks results in 97% of the human population being wiped out. But there are no green-eyed monsters, no gigantic robots. Where are the aliens? Who are the aliens? What do they want?

The novel works on both intended levels: it's a rip-roaring SF/action adventure with some clever ideas; and it covers the usual YA themes of love and the meaning of life.

It really is a page-turner. The action comes thick and fast, with barely a let-up from start to finish. It might be 460 pages long but it felt like half that when reading it. The characters are well-drawn. I rarely felt short-changed. There were a few stereotypical characters but, even so, nothing felt clunky or awkward.

There were a few `Twilight-y' passages which, maybe, felt a little grafted on, but to criticise the book on this score would be nit-picking.

With no sex, or anything but the vaguest references to sex, only one f-bomb near then end, and the story being told only from teenage points of view, you could tell that this was a YA book. I mention this only because I am a long way from being a YA myself and yet I found it wholly engrossing.

One very minor complaint: the two line plot summary at the start of the book (below the publisher details) did rather give away one important plot point! (So, don't read the summary!)

Highly recommended for anyone from 13 to 103!

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on 31 October 2015
Just started reading the book and enjoying it.
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on 4 July 2014
Amazing book! Couldn't put it down until the last page. Can't wait for the 2nd book!
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