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.
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.
If you liked RED DAWN and 28 DAYS LATER and all those other zombie apocalypse movies and books you'll enjoy this one. A fast-paced YA (that means young adult) for everyone, not just teens. This book is going to be a movie, of course, cuz it's AWESOME. Made a 12 hour car ride fly by!
This is my first experience with this author. I am very pleased to say that I have a new fav to add to my collection. So good I dreaded the ending. Now what am I going to do while waiting for the next book in the series? sigh...
I'm a mid-20s girl that is addicted to books! I love all things paranormal, fantasy, historical fiction and mystery. No romance novels here!
Yes, but they would need to commit to it... it is long and the big reveals aren't until the end.
The main character is pretty angsty. However, I did end up enjoying her by the end. I assume there will be a couple more books since it was left wide open at the end.
Love the narration! They brought life to the charactors.
A good read for younger readers. As a forty something adult this book lacked a little bit of edge. I enjoyed the story but at times I wished certain things could have been expanded upon. The performance was the first I've listened to by two narrators and both were excellent.The characters were well presented, you thought of them as real. The only item lacking was more detail in the story. Again, excellent for younger readers but slightly lacking but still entertaining for adults.
When Zombie and his squad are sent on their first mission. the tension was excellent. And the realization of what they were actually doing made for an exciting turn of events.
Most definitely. And despite my criticisms, I'll read it also.
Like historical fiction, apocalyptic and post apocalyptic genre, some horror and sci-fi and the occasional main-stream thriller.
Managed to finish it. Pretty fast pace. Was rolling my eyes a bit at the teen girl - teen boy dialog but only because I didn't realize it was a teen book. Not at the level of the Hunger Games but not bad...
The World. The 5th Wave built an exciting world that was a blast to watch unfold.
Watching the separate points-of-view careen toward one another!
It's always nice to read different POVs, but hearing them brings an added level of depth.
Reviewing this book for our Dyslexic 18 year old son. Captured my attention all the way through to the end. Great presentation. This 60 year old man will be reviewing more books by this Author.
Thank goodness for kids and grandkids. I also have to go to the movies and watch those great animation flicks. LOL