The Book: You may not have expected them. The aliens are here. We were not ready for them. Few of earth’s survivors are left. They have already attacked in four waves. The 5th Wave is approaching. One of earth’s remaining humans, sixteen year old Cassie, is fighting to survive, and must find her brother, Sammy. She made a promise, and refuses to break it. Armed with Sammy’s teddy bear and very few possessions, she moves carefully through the woods, until she is shot by one of THEM on an open stretch of highway. When she is rescued by the mysterious Evan Walker, things may be looking up. But who really is Evan Walker, and is Cassie’s brother still alive? What is the 5th wave and will it completely wipe out the rest of the human population? The first in a series, you may finish this book wishing you had Rick Yancey’s phone number so you could call and ask him for an advanced reader’s copy of the second book.
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (2013)
Suggested age range: 13 and up (Putnam Juvenile, 457 pages)
Rating: 5/5 stars
Source: Personal Copy
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Apocalypse, Survival
Spirituality in The 5th Wave: Is the power of love stronger than fear? Can hope survive in the midst of the darkest and loneliest moments? These questions surface as Cassie attempts to survive on the earth after 80% of the population has been wiped out by aliens. Her promise to her younger brother spurs her on. The promises we make to those closest to us are powerful, and this book illustrates that idea.
Who Should Read This Book: Young adults and adults should read this gripping post-apocalyptic novel. As many people as possible should consider how we would respond should a large spaceship appear in the sky. What would you do if earth was attacked by aliens? Do you have what it takes to survive in the wild?
The Final Word: The others were right. Once you start this book, you may not put it down until you find out what this 5th Wave is. You may not stop reading until you discover if Cassie is going to survive. Be careful about reading this book late at night—your dreams may be laced with running from aliens and stocking up on food. Then again, some of you may want to have these dreams. In that case, do read Yancey’s fantasy at night.
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