The downloadable, digital audiobook edition of Rick Yancey’s gripping epic, read by the actors Phoebe Strole and Brandon Espinoza.
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: Trust no one. Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave.
On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, until Cassie meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope for rescuing her brother and even saving herself. Now she must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up. Cassie Sullivan gets up.
©2013 Rick Yancey (P)2013 Penguin Books Limited
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"Enjoyable and a bit different."
Wasn't expecting much here as it's not something I would normally listen to and it was a sale item. But I enjoyed it and recommend it.
"Not just for young adults"
I am a 53-year-old man and I bought this without realising it is a YA book. Actually I found this to be one of the most enjoyable books I have read or listened too all year. The writing is excellent: the characters are well-developed and interesting; the plot is very engaging; and it is very funny in places. My ten-year-old daughter loved it too so this is quite a feat that Yancy has pulled off. The performances are excellent too - it is such a good idea to have both a male and female reader. We have just bought the second book. My daughter has first dibs of course!
"A Fantastic Read!"
A friend recommended this book to me, but I also received a recommendation from Audible due to my taste in YA dystopian science fiction. Therefore, with my curiosity piqued, I downloaded an audio copy to listen to; I really enjoyed it!
This audio book is narrated by Phoebe Strole and Brandon Espinoza. They both did a wonderful job in bringing the story and the characters to life. Although, I did find the switch from female to male voice a little jarring at first (I am used to listening to one narrator only in most stories), but soon enjoyed the different points of view.
Cassie (short for Cassiopeia) Sullivan is a sixteen year old girl on the run from "the others" - aliens who have invaded the bodies of certain humans, and are the start of the 5th wave in a war to take over the planet. I really liked this character, she has a lot of spirit and determination. However, she also has an irritating habit of being a bit whine-y. I suppose teen angst is expected in characters this age, but what really bugged me about this character is her issue with trust. I won't go into specifics, as that will be a spoiler, but her easy acceptance of a character after all she had been through just didn't sit right with me.
There are three guys as main characters in this story, and each of them have their own quirks and, in the case of the older boys, secrets.
Evan Walker is not all that he seems. He hides a dangerous secret, but when he meets Cassie, something within him changes. However, this character is still a mysterious enigma, even when his secret is revealed. What was it about Cassie that made him change his mind? Why was he alone, rather with others like him who argued against colonization? These and other questions that buzzed in my head remain unanswered as the story continued. Perhaps they will be answered in the next story? I hope so, because I would love to get to understand what he and the others hope to achieve.
Ben "Zombie" Parish is a young man dying from a deadly virus they call "the Plague" from the fourth wave when we meet him. Rescued and healed, he joins the fight in the war against the "infected" - humans who have an alien infesting their brain. I really liked this character. He is quite bright and determined, not to mention charming. He also has a huge heart and takes a young five year old boy under his wing.
Sam (Sammy) is Cassie's young brother, who finds himself being part of Squad 53 and being called "Nugget". I really loved this character! He is so sweet, and what he goes through at such a young age made my heart wrench; I wanted to give him a huge hug! It made me wonder if children this age are as resilient as they say, or would he have problems later on in his life? And then there is bear! I love bear. He is Sammy's one comfort in a world gone to hell, but he gives it to Cassie; I cried when he did that!
This story is very compelling and the characters are quite lifelike. However, having read a few other dystopian novels, some of the scenario's didn't quite ring as believable (mostly the alien invasion and their motivation behind it). But, there are some scarily possible human ones that I could see happening in the not so distant future. Cassie's and Evan's relationship also doesn't seem to have the "spark" necessary to be believable either, which I was surprised at. However, this may because I was listening to the story and not reading it.
The fifth wave is actually about trust, or the lack thereof. Do the characters believe and trust everything that they have been told or shown by those in power? Or do they question everything and find themselves actually fighting in a war where lines are blurred and things are not as they seem? This theme runs through the whole story. And there are several twists and turns that make you, as the reader, question everything too, never mind the characters. I found myself riveted by the tale. And, even though the audio book is over twelve hours long, I found myself thinking it was too short! I will still have to wait until 2016 before the movie is released though. In the meantime, I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel, The Infinite Sea.
Rick Yancey has written an exciting, fast paced dystopian novel that kept me hooked from the beginning to the end. I love his fast pace writing style and the flow of the story was wonderful. I will definitely read more books by this author in the future.
I highly recommend this book if you love YA dystopian novels like Divergent and The Hunger Games, or TV series like Fallen Skies. - Lynn Worton
we listened to this audiobook as a family (boys aged 12 & 9) and everyone was captured by the story!
"Promising start, soggy middle, disappointing end"
I kept going with this book but felt a bit frustrated by the end. It seemed to get a bit bogged down during the middle, far too much detail that did not seem to add to the overall story and an end that made me say out loud in the car, 'this had better not be ending here!' Which of course it did....... Shame as it started so well.
"Another for the lovers of teen survivor stories"
The story benefits from beginning a way through in the life of the main character. We are then taken on a retrospect of what brought her to this point. Like it similar genres the main character is a teenage girl There is a interesting and topical section on Ebola spreading through the remaining population after the first and second wave have hit. I would recommend this story to teens and also to not so young 'teens' who have enjoyed similar novels . Great for a car journey....I feel a film coming on
Hunger Games,and Divergent Series. Similar future world scenarios with the central character of a teenage girl.
Losing her family
An Audible credit well spent
"I suspect it will split opinions"
I've got to say I liked it, I'm glad I read it, but I suspect this one will split opinions. This is a decent story with the narration split primarily between two of the young, teenage protagonists. And this is the crux I think of why some will like it and some will struggle. If you're comfortable with the teen-movie like delivery of the narrators then I think you will enjoy it very much. It's a gripping story that, consistent with the apocalyptic theme pulls few punches.
I think those who find the current teen-movie style a little grating may not find this so easy to like. Yes, okay I admit it I'm one of those who are maybe a generation or two older so it's not my favourite style and it did grate on me at times. But, this is the story of young adults cast into a tough situation so it makes eminent sense to write it this way and while it's been some time since I felt qualified to comment on how a teenager thinks these days it felt realistic enough to me. The characters, particularly Cassie, trying to come to terms with all the normal things teenagers have to get to grips with on top of the slight inconvenience of an alien invasion.
There are some clever twists and turns in the plot, plenty of points at which you are left guessing, occasional humour and some good interplay between the characters giving it enough depth to be entertaining, exciting and a worthy piece of entertainment. I don't see it winning any prizes but it's a very decent listen.
Hormonal teenagers with M16 assault rifles . . . you don't need the aliens to make this one scary for us parents :-)
"Is it scifi"
Gripping from start to finish. The story flows and just when you think you know what is coming, off you go somewhere else. Full of believable characters, this book left me wanting a sequel.
"You will Love this book!"
The two narrators were excellent! I knew exactly which character was speaking and they were two of the best narrators I have listened to in a while. Totally drew you into the story!
I loved the different view points told in the story. Made you relate to each character and understand what they were thinking or feeling at the time! I also just loved the story, totally refreshing and love that it included flashbacks so you understood characters backstory!
I loved Cassie! Her inner monologue was great, totally relatable and expected for a 16 year old dealing with what she has to deal with! I loved her!
Both! Cassie's thoughts often made me laugh, they were very realistic and just very funny without meaning to be! It was also very emotional and at certain points there were tears in my eyes!
If you have readers block and are sick of hearing the same story over and over read this book! Totally different to books I have read before and while some elements are similar it's given a fresh take on them and you won't be disappointed!
"Brilliant. Can't wait for the next one!"
Unique, fabulous. Didn't want to stop listening
The twists and turns. Who were the good guys and who were the bad?
The last bit I felt every second with Cassie.
Also had a moral message about how we look after our tenancy of the Earth
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