The book is very entertaining, overall. The problem with this book is that the plot moves forward at a snail's pace (no, at a fraction of a snail's pace) because it is constantly being interrupted with long episodes of back-story. And the back-story seems largely irrelevant at the time. It doesn't help that the back-story is way overdone.
The writer could tease some of what's coming to keep you reading (or listening) but tell the story chronologically. That way you're not waiting to find out what happens next while she takes time out to drone on and on about her teenage heartthrob. There's one spot in particular where this style is very frustrating. Within the span of about a minute or two of the main story, she takes a break to spend what seems like hours thinking back about what happened with her little brother.
I understand some of the reasons why it was written this way, and I won't post a spoiler in order to explain it. As an editor, however, I know there are other ways of leading the reader toward an essential focal point. I almost gave up on the book a couple of times, and that's not a good thing.
It takes a lot to wipe out the billions of people residing on Earth and as we experience one of those tactics (the fourth wave) we gradually get filled in on the previous waves that have hit our home planet hard. Each alien attack has resulted in a catastrophic loss of life and as the main protagonist, 16 year old Cassie Sullivan worries about what could possibly be next - the fifth wave - a gripping story of her survival unfolds.
The odd thing is how under the radar these aliens are. Bad things are happening, but there are no strange looking creatures walking around shooting people. There is a huge spaceship that gives people something to blame when a plague hits (one of the waves), but there are no aliens in sight, no smaller ships attacking earth installations or anything you usually expect to read about in a grand invasion from outer space.
This is a series and this first book starts out with a lot of quality. There are a lot of mysteries to be solved during Cassie's adventures and the explanations that come near the end of the book are quite satisfying.
I raved about another Science Fiction series in a previous review and while my daughter (who doesn't see herself as a science fiction fan) thought it was okay - she loved this book and talked me into buying the second volume. I'm noticing this first book is currently on sale for 6.95. .
Use a credit, or get it on sale. You won't regret getting this book.
Although clearly written for a younger generation this is a great story, a fresh approach to an alien encounter.
This book is full of suspense. I never came to a point where I was bored with the characters or the plot. It really is an attention keeper. It was well written with enough twist and turns, you stay interested in the story line and find yourself rooting for the main characters.
Rick Yancey really makes you feel for Cassie, as she struggles to find Sammy and the storyline between Cassie, Evan and Ben keeps you guessing, which one can she really trust. This book is a run away train that keeps moving until the ending.
I am looking forward to a sequel.
Yes, I think it is really different from what I usually read. I generally don't find alien type of stories interesting. At first, I was not really into the book...but it grew on me and I was looking for the sequel after I finished it.
I don't think I can compare it to anything else that I've read. It kind of has a Walking Dead type feel to it though...without the zombies of course.
No, this was my first. I liked the two narrators, I thought they did a great job. I
Not one particular moment, just after I got into the book I think it picked up and the characters started to grow on me.
I had heard great things about this book, so I was excited to start it. But right away I was struck by the characters being very one dimensional, the plot pacing being rushed, and the coincidental conveniences stacking up. I really hate that.
If you like sci-fi or dystopia and don't care if you plot really makes sense, then maybe this is the book for you.
If I was a teenage girl.
Something not in the "young adult" category
They were good narrators....the story wasn't for me
Annoyance at the continued mental meanderings and emotional fickleness of a 16 year old girl.
I'm not sure why Audible recommended this book as something I'd like. After listening to Cassie's internal thoughts for an hour, I was rooting for the Aliens.
I’m not quite sure where to begin with this one. My emotions were just all over during this listen. I was excited about this listen, I heard some GREAT things about this book. Initially there was excitement as I started this one, then curiosity. Curious because the book takes a whole new take on the alien invasion concept. Keep in mind I’m not really into aliens at all, but it sounded interesting. Curiosity continued for a while then to confusion. There were several narrator/point of view changes happening in the book. When I started to get into the current pov, it would change. Then came the frustration and boredom. I felt like some aspects were just dragged out a little longer than I would have wished. Then back to excitement…gah…see why I’m all over!
Okay, it could be my ADHD, I don’t know!
Back up! Alright, the story begins with Cassie telling her story. The first 4 waves have already happened and the human race is trying desperately to survive. Cassie is lucky, she still has her brother and father. They can’t trust anyone! Humans are anticipating there will be a 5th Wave but they don’t know what it is yet.
The other primary point of view is from Ben Parrish aka Zombie….LOVE HIM!! His journey was completely different from Cassie’s. He was basically brainwashed at a place called Camp Haven. A place where all the children were rounded up and made and trained into being soldiers. It’s not easy when the youngest on his squad is a 5 year old, the same age as his sister that passed away. Ben started out wimpy and quickly had no other choice but to toughen up and become a man.
Cassie meets Evan Walker. Evan becomes Cassie’s sort of partner in crime. Can I just say that I love Evan Walker? I knew who he was pretty early on into their meeting which brought on more confusion. He’s so cute and sweet. And of course he was another reason for confusion with me. Is he REALLY good or does he have ulterior motives?
The 5th Wave had some kick ass kids fighting against an alien invasion. Come on…doesn’t that sound interesting?
I just have to say a certain character BETTER come back. That’s all I’m saying. I look forward to reading the next installment to find out what happens.
Narration note: Both narrators are new to me. I thought they both did great. They both have opportunity to do child like voices and big booming voices and did well all around. Brandon Espinoza’s narrator sounded exactly like I would imagine and I think I liked his the best.
I think they would be the same.
Everything! It blew me away!!!
They did a phenomenal job
This book is amazing! Really, I’d have to say it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year!
Whenever I tell someone about this book, I always paint a picture of the first scene in the book because, for me, it totally sets the tone for the entire story. And I knew I’d love this book right after that scene transpired.
What makes this book amazing? The whole premise of the book is awesomely unique, the characters were very well developed and the execution was perfect!
As far as the characters go, I’m not quite sure if I’m really all that fond of Cassie, the main character, because her actions were really flip-flop to me. One minute she’s being super mean to pretty much every dude her age she interacts with, and the next minute she’s changing how she reacts to the other dude (can’t say cause it’s a spoiler). Yes, I know in her internal dialog she notices this character trait about herself, but she doesn’t really do anything about it, and it still bugged me. Plus, I’m not thrilled with how she feels about one of the characters by the end of the book. There are 3 other POVs in this story (all 3 are male character POVs), but two of them are kind of spoilers so I’m not going to talk about them (other than to say that one of those 2 is my FAVORITE POV.) The one male POV that I am OK with discussing is Zombie’s. I’m actually really fond of his character, and I think he rocks! OH! And pretty much all the other side characters from Zombie’s POV are my favorites too. I was always thrilled to be in is POV.
The ending is the BEST and I loved it! I’m so excited about this book…I truly believe it 100% deserves the hype it’s been given, and I know this one will be a big hit!
Great writing that grips ahold of you and doesn't let go. A fascinating story of survival, loss of hope, and no one to trust. Rick Yancey weaves the character's lives together in a unique way. I'm intrigued by the main character, her brother, friend, and, well, just who is this other person? The answers aren't handed to the reader on a pretty platter. No, we have to figure it out. It's GREAT! I will definitely finish the series. It ended like a LOST episode - on pins and needles to find out what happens next!