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The 5th Wave (Book 1) by [Yancey, Rick]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 318 customer reviews
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Remarkable, not-to-be-missed-under-any-circumstances . . . JUST READ IT (Entertainment Weekly)

Wildly entertaining... I couldn't turn the pages fast enough (Justin Cronin The New York Times)

A modern sci-fi masterpiece... should do for aliens what Twilight did for vampires. (USA Today)

Nothing short of amazing (Kirkus (starred review))

Chilling (Sun)

Action-packed intrigue (MTV.COM)

This book is scary! (Teen Now (5 starred review))

Rick Yancey knows his onions... the book packs real power (SFX)

This is DAMN and WOW territory. Quite simply, one of the best books I've read in years (Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author)

...a twisty survival story that borrows elements from romance, horror and dystopian fiction (Wall Street Journal)

Breathtakingly fast-paced and original, The 5th Wave is a reading tsunami that grabs hold and won't let go. (Melissa De La Cruz, New York Times bestselling author of the Blue Bloods series.)

Yancey's heartfelt, violent, paranoid epic, filled with big heroics and bigger surprises, is part War of the Worlds, part Starship Troopers, part Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and part The Stand . . . a sure thing for reviewers and readers alike. (Booklist (starred review))

A fantastic read. The 5th Wave is an electrifying page-turner. (Kathy Reichs, New York Times bestselling author)

An epic sci-fi adventure about a terrifying alien invasion. You'll read it in one sitting (Bookseller)

A gripping SF trilogy about an Earth decimated by an alien invasion... the question of what it means to be human is at the forefront (Publishers Weekly)

Borrow this one from your teen's nightstand while they're at school (People Magazine)

By turns heart-pounding and contemplative . . . The 5th Wave will thrill you, chill you, and challenge you to keep the pages turning fast enough (Hypable.com)

Utterly gripping (Metro Herald)

High adventure with mystery and heart (The Sunday Times)

A cut above anything else in the genre. (Sunday Telegraph)

The pace is RELENTLESS (Heat)

About the Author

Rick Yancey (http://www.rickyancey.com) is the author of several adult novels and the memoir Confessions of a Tax Collector. His first young-adult novel, The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, was a finalist for the Carnegie Medal. In 2010, his novel, The Monstrumologist, received Michael L. Printz Honor, and the sequel, The Curse of the Wendigo, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1605 KB
  • Print Length: 484 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (7 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 318 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,281 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The 5th Wave is a well crafted novel that tackles the subject of an alien invasion with more realism and tension than I have come across in a long time.

The story is told in multiple points of view, the main being Cassie Sullivan, a teenage girl, on the run, surviving the wilds as she aims to find her brother who was taken to a rescue camp by the military. I really like Cassie, she was snarky, brave, enjoyable to read about. Yancey did a realistic job in creating a strong narrative voice in particular one of a teenage girl who always rang true and authentic.

I liked how he didn't gloss over the minutiae of living in the wild and the little details of the complexities of surviving by yourself, on the run with little experience was a welcome breath of fresh air (hello tampons anyone? Nice to know someone remembered!)

The 5th Wave's biggest strength is its ability to create that foreboding tension and paranoia that you imagine would accompany an alien invasion as you realise there literally is no one you can really trust, at times not even yourself. There are brutal elements too which were at times hard to stomach, the scenes of training child soldiers for war were difficult to get through and I admit to skimming at times as the age of them really hit home and was a stark reminder that there are areas in the world where children are performing such duties with no mother ship winking down at them as a reason.

It's biggest failing for me was the multiple POV's. I wasn't as emotionally invested in them all as I was in Cassie's and at times grew frustrated as I felt it stilted the pacing. I also found their final character reveal as predictable which dispensed with a lot of the tension as I read waiting for the book to catch up.
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What makes a great story? Not the label, not the window dressing, not the hype.... But the quality of the storytelling and the depth of the plot. Rick Yancy's has both of these in spadefuls. The fifth wave may follow a familiar line.... Aliens are among us.... How do you know who to trust, what will they do, can humanity fight back etc... But these are not dumb aliens with superpowers and technology......well yes, they do have the technology, no these aliens have been waiting and planning their attack for a very very long time....... They have anticipated and planned for all responses..... Or nearly all....

This, the first in a trilogy ends on a cliff hanger leaving me desperate to find out what happens next.... So altogether 5 stars for plot, 5 stars for storytelling, 5 stars for creating characters I can believe in and care about. This may be sold as YA fiction..... Which indeed it is.... But it certainly will appeal to anyone who loves sci fi and a good story.
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Great book. This book has it all. Brilliantly written, with likeable characters and an amazing plot. Every time I thought I had it figured out it took another turn. It hard to review this book properly without giving something away. What I will say and reiterate is this book is amazing I would recommend it to anyone.

In 5 months the would has changed. Humanity is all but been wiped out in 4 terrifying waves. With Humanity facing extinction the story follows Cassie who could by the last human alive. She has seen her species and family destroyed. She is even too beaten down for revenge, all she has is a promise to fulfill. This is a chilling emotional stroy of that made me want to just keep reading till it was finished. I enjoyed every moment of the book. Comparing Cassie to other the main characters of book like Twilight or the Hunger Games, Cassie is tougher then Bella and more likeable/relatable that Katniss. She is more like Tris from the Divergent series. I just loved this book I can't wait for the next in the series.
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Absolutely love these types of books!

The story focuses on 3 main characters points of views: Cassie, Ben and Sammy. You get to find out from them how they are dealing with the world being taking over by aliens.

I loved Cassie's character. So strong and determined.

Plenty of twists! Was very entertained and left shocked many times while reading this.

Wasn't so keen on the ending, but overall loved this book!

Looking forward to reading book 2 The Infinite Sea.

Also really looking forward to seeing the movie!!!!
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The Fifth Wave is an amazing YA book that was recently turned into a movie starring Chloe Grace
Moretz. I haven’t watched the movie yet, but people who have, say it’s nothing like the book and
that the book was much better (as always with a book turned to film). This is a must read for
science fiction fans and strays away from the clique dystopian books popular at the moment, with
an original storyline, characters with depth and lots of action throughout.
The plot isn’t easy to guess/not predictable and at times is really unexpected. As some people
have already mentioned, the point of view changes throughout the book. I liked this because it
made the story unpredictable, at first you assume it’s a character mentioned before but
information is given little by little so by the end you reach quite a few (sometimes right but mostly
wrong) assumptions.
The main character, Cassie O’Sullivan, is an amazing character that is easy to relate to. She is
somewhere in between Bella and Tris… She’s tougher than Bella but shows more emotion than
Tris. The aliens in The Fifth Wave aren’t the usual green things with big heads… They look the
same as any other human which makes it a gripping story filled with paranoia because the
characters struggle to trust anyone.
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