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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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    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 06-30-14
    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 06-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Action. Thrills. Teen angst."

    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!

    4 of 5 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 2014
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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 07-15-13
    M. Herbert 07-15-13 Member Since 2014

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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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    Nicholas San Antonio, TX, United States 01-19-15
    Nicholas San Antonio, TX, United States 01-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good, but needs a massive edit"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    tinyt 01-16-15
    tinyt 01-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Twilight, except with Aliens"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If I was a teenage girl.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something not in the "young adult" category


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

    They were good narrators....the story wasn't for me


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance at the continued mental meanderings and emotional fickleness of a 16 year old girl.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    crawford nathan peitso 01-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Not great"

    I don't see what the high ratings are all about. Seems more like a high school play to me. Melodramatic in the extreme, a missable performance for sure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ricky 01-09-15
    Ricky 01-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing!"

    A wonderful story, and nicely paced with lovable relatable characters. Exciting and made me want to listen to more!
    ~ Travlyn Pantana

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James 01-08-15
    James 01-08-15
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    "AMAZING!!!"

    Absolutely loved this book! Great story, great narrative. Hope the movie can live up to this!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Louann United States 07-23-14
    Louann United States 07-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Best Book I've read in a while! Hard to put down!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melisa MOSS BEACH, CA, United States 05-23-14
    Melisa MOSS BEACH, CA, United States 05-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I just dont know"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I don't know. I never really got into the characters, but I wanted to know what happened. I do not like the main character. I think her thought process is very annoying.


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

    It was expected.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Brandon Espinoza and Phoebe Strole ?

    I dont know


    Do you think The 5th Wave needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Its the 1st of a trilogy so, yes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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