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.
I tried listening to a similar book recently about an apocalypse, and that one bored me to tears. When your character spends a good chunk of their time alone, they (and their story) have to be compelling. Rick Yancey, aka my new favorite author, did what that other book could not. He allowed me to feel Cassie's isolation and desperation without also making me yawn. In fact, I was on the edge of my seat for most of the book.
Some reviewers complained that Cassie was angsty. Well, she IS teenager! I thought she was very believable. I cared about her like I would a younger sister. Did she ever frustrate me...sure, but that is what made her all the more real.
I cannot say enough good things about the narrators. They were both perfect. My only complaint is that it appears Mr. Espinoza does not narrate the next book. Bummer.
When books change POV, they run the risk of alienating (ha!) the reader, as the reader often prefers one character over the other and spends half the book wishing the author would return to him/her. That is not the case in this story. Cassie and Zombie both have such compelling stories that they balance one another out perfectly.
Are there questions remaining...especially about Evan? Absolutely! But this is a trilogy. If there are holes after the series is over, I'll be disappointed, but for now, I'm just enjoying the ride.
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I really got pulled into this book when I first started reading it. It was creepy it had that air of menace that's really hard to cultivate, but then it started to turn into a lame teen love story and the female protagonist really starts to get on your nerves. By the time the climax hit I was really checked out. My advice is to pass on this one.
Not for me. If you liked the book then you'd probably want a sequel. Plot lines were left hanging and the ending was unsatisfying. I think it was clearly intended as a first book in a series.
Tired, overused plot, predictable cookie-cutter characters, lacking in imaginative science, or for that matter even believable science. Also, the book seems to be pitched toward the teen romance genre. I rarely ask for my money back but I did this time.
Although clearly written for a younger generation this is a great story, a fresh approach to an alien encounter.
I would definitely recommend this book to a friend, in fact I have to all of my friends! It's a great story that leaves you guessing most of the time and the main characters are overall very relatable.
Sammy! He is so innocent and adorable, but maybe it also has to do with the voice that the female narrator gives him.
I also really liked Evan, he was pretty badass.
They bring a lack of eye movement.
The part where Cassie runs away and is screaming in the forest, and then Evan comes back and forces her to see what is really happening. It brings back Cassies strength and determination.
I want the next book and I want it now!
The dual narration was a great choice, as the story is told from multiple points of view that are male and female. The voice for the youngest kid took getting used to, since it's obviously adults trying to sound like a little kid. The narration was otherwise smooth and well emphasized.
I was really drawn in to the idea that's introduced right away, that you can't trust anyone. It begins after the aliens have made their presence known and culled the human race without actually fighting them. When community is made nearly impossible, because you can't trust anyone not to just put a bullet in you, the story shows how being strong on your own isn't enough. How characters deal with that is very interesting.
I did. I recommend it for long drives, particularly if it's through isolated areas just to add that creepy feeling.
It's never explained why the aliens are there or what they want. They're a clever and patient race from their methods, but what they're actually working toward is unclear. Hopefully the next book will explain why they're taking their time killing off humans when it seems they could do it in one fell swoop.
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The 5th Wave is huge, 480 pages, 12 hours and 41 minutes on audio. That will make it a tough sell for some readers, but it’s action packed and I have several advocates already in place at school. I didn't realize that some readers had difficulty following who was speaking, because it wasn't an issue with the audio. The narrator changed.
The boys at school put this on my TBR pile. As big as it is, I think it will make a good movie--there are a lot of introspective thinking scenes that could be done with voice over and flashbacks, on the way to the action sequences. A bloody plague, bombs, child soldiers, and survival issues will probably carry the film. But in the mean time...read this! Both Cassie and Ben tell fascinating stories of how the world has changed and how they’ve had to change attitudes, behavior and expectations. It’s amazing how priorities crystallize when first world problems are merely luxurious memories, once important but now seen as frivolous and empty.