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The 5th Wave | [Rick Yancey]

The 5th Wave

After the first wave, only darkness remains. After the second, only the lucky escape. And after the third, only the unlucky survive. After the fourth wave, only one rule applies: Trust no one. Now, it's the dawn of the fifth wave, and 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, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother - or even saving herself.
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Publisher's Summary

The Passage meets Ender's Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey.

After the first wave, only darkness remains. After the second, only the lucky escape. And after the third, only the unlucky survive. After the fourth wave, only one rule applies: Trust no one.

Now, it's the dawn of the fifth wave, and 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, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.

Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother - or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

©2013 Rick Yancey (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    FanB14 Rockville, VA, United States 05-21-13
    FanB14 Rockville, VA, United States 05-21-13 Member Since 2011

    Short, Simple, No Spoilers

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    "Not Your Typical YA Dystopian Fare"

    Anyone else over the trilogy happy dystopian and paranormal YA lit? This one stands out and is worth your credit and time.

    Cassie feels like the last human on earth after aliens have quietly invaded our planet. There are no grand explosions, little green men, or friendly visitors wishing to interact and understand our race. Stealthy and cunning, the "others" unleash several waves to eradicate the human race while preserving the Earth's natural resources. The plot is layered with well thought out details; feels like peeling an onion instead of gliding the surface of most successful dystopian trilogies. Writing style is thoughtful, smart, and insightful.

    Cared about the characters, enjoying alternating viewpoints and narration by Cassie and other character (no spoilers). Their journey was a little like "Revolution," "The Walking Dead," and "The Road" woven into a teenage tapestry of action, adventure, and the power of perseverance. Found myself walking alongside characters to find food and shelter and feeling just as disturbed trying to figure out how to distinguish the enemy from other humans. Interesting to explore in this read. Highly recommend.

    63 of 65 people found this review helpful
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    Candi Moser IN, USA 09-21-13
    Candi Moser IN, USA 09-21-13 Member Since 2013

    Candi

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    "Amazing!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The 5th Wave to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but the audio edition was amazing!


    What other book might you compare The 5th Wave to and why?

    I can't think of one at the moment unless you count The Hunger Games but that's not an alien invasion or anything.


    Have you listened to any of Brandon Espinoza and Phoebe Strole ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. They were amazing! I love their voices!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "To hold on, you have to find something you're willing to die for." or "They are coming for us."


    Any additional comments?

    This was an amazing book! My husband (pretty much a non-reader except for a few series) started listening to it and he finished it before I did! He loved it. He asked when the next one would be out and I had to tell him not until next year.

    I fell in love with this book, with the characters. I even felt like it was happening now. Outside my house. I didn't want to look outside!! It gives me chills! Amazing!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie White House, TN, United States 07-26-13
    Melanie White House, TN, United States 07-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Enthralling read!"
    Would you listen to The 5th Wave again? Why?

    Yes. I'm sure I missed things the first time around.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Couldn't wait to turn the page to find out what happened next to these characters.


    Which character – as performed by Brandon Espinoza and Phoebe Strole – was your favorite?

    Can't choose. Liked both equally.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. I had an emotional attachment to these characters. I laughed at things Cassie said.


    Any additional comments?

    I read a lot and have enjoyed many books but this one has to be in my top 10. It was the most exciting book I've read since The Hunger Games Trilogy. Can't wait for the next in the series. And I'm 51 years old.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    M. Herbert Sacramento, CA 07-15-13
    M. Herbert Sacramento, CA 07-15-13 Member Since 2012

    bookluvrmindy

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    "Deserves the hype!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The 5th Wave to be better than the print version?

    I think they would be the same.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything! It blew me away!!!


    What does Brandon Espinoza and Phoebe Strole bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They did a phenomenal job


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha CONROE, TX, United States 12-27-13
    Samantha CONROE, TX, United States 12-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The best I have listened to in a while."
    What made the experience of listening to The 5th Wave the most enjoyable?

    Everything. The narrator, the story, the characters, the prose. There is not a single thing I did not like about this book. LOVED IT!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cassie. She is very likable, interesting, and so freaking hilarious!


    Any additional comments?

    I finished listening to this book and was very impressed with how much I loved the story and the characters. I had no idea I was going to love it so much. I cannot wait for the second!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Uniontown, OH, United States 11-22-13
    Jason Uniontown, OH, United States 11-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Book - Couldn't Stop Reading it"
    What made the experience of listening to The 5th Wave the most enjoyable?

    The story and the narrator


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cassie - Great story line and good character development


    Which character – as performed by Brandon Espinoza and Phoebe Strole – was your favorite?

    Phoebe Strole - Great Voice, best woman's voice I have heard in a long time


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I won't spoil it


    Any additional comments?

    I usually stay with King or similar type books, but I took a chance on this one and glad I did. The story has a lot of parallels to other similar stories, mankind is practically gone, a few people left, but I usually can figure out what is going on and this book had so many twists that I was lost until the end. Wish it would have ended differently, but that is the way it goes

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley ELKINS PARK, PA, United States 09-30-13
    Ashley ELKINS PARK, PA, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Too much of a monologue"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. For most of this book nothing actually happens. The first 90% of this book is predominately two separate monologues, not just because it is being read by one person but because it is written mostly as the thoughts of a single person without very much interaction with other characters. The book being written as a monologue is not the worst part its that during most of this monologue NOTHING happens....literally nothing significant at all.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was what actually won me over. I originally was only going to give this book one or two stars but the ending was so good that even though reading most of this book was pointless and waiting for something to happen the ending was really good. A lot happened and it "finished" the book to a point where you weren't left wondering too much what would happen to the characters.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Brandon Espinoza and Phoebe Strole ’s performances?

    Another one of Brandon's performances yes I would try but not another one of Phoebe's performances. No insult intended but she read the character in a very annoying way that originally was unbearable to listen to. I had to get used to it but even sometimes I would get distracted from the actual book by the fact that I found her reading of the character horrendously annoying.


    Could you see The 5th Wave being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No I definitely could not. The book moves too slowly, the monologue style would not be entertaining to watch and the book is not well written enough or the plot well thought out enough to compensate for the other flaws.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Kure beach, NC, United States 06-29-13
    Emily Kure beach, NC, United States 06-29-13 Member Since 2011

    I am an avid reader! (Zombie and YA mainly) I am pretty much depressed if I don't constantly have a good read lined up!

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    "A pretty good read!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This reminds me of the Host BUT its good!! It's not 5,000 pages of boring emptiness. It keeps your attention and isn't pretentious like Ms. Meyers book. I enjoyed the characters and their struggles. A bit of a lovey story was annoying (only bc I don't like them) but was bearable bc it wasn't all frilly and obnoxious again like the Host was bleck! I generally like when books change points of view but for some reason I didn't enjoy that aspect in this book I liked Cassie's POV and found myself enjoying those chapters more than others. All in all s good book but not something I will obsess about!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa D. Lathrup Village, MI USA 06-29-13
    Melissa D. Lathrup Village, MI USA 06-29-13 Member Since 2013

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    "great story and compelling"
    Would you listen to The 5th Wave again? Why?

    I'm very good listen the two readers were wonderful


    What other book might you compare The 5th Wave to and why?

    a lot are comparing this the Hunger Games I think it's much better the characters are definitely more developed here and this book you couldn't help but really root for everyone from all sides


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    there were some season this book it actually made me cry I teared up the readers are wonderful in portraying all the emotions that the characters were feeling


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Readers Confession Deltona, FL, United States 09-20-13
    Readers Confession Deltona, FL, United States 09-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting take for an alien ya dystopian novel"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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