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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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    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 TX, United States 01-19-15
    Nicholas 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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    Ricky 01-09-15
    Ricky 01-09-15
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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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    Sara 05-02-14
    Sara 05-02-14
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    "Not Usually Into Alien Stories"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I think it is really different from what I usually read. I generally don't find alien type of stories interesting. At first, I was not really into the book...but it grew on me and I was looking for the sequel after I finished it.


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

    I don't think I can compare it to anything else that I've read. It kind of has a Walking Dead type feel to it though...without the zombies of course.


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

    No, this was my first. I liked the two narrators, I thought they did a great job. I


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

    Not one particular moment, just after I got into the book I think it picked up and the characters started to grow on me.


    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 2013
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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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    Jennifer United States 11-12-13
    Jennifer United States 11-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Very one dimensional story"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Rick Yancey again?

    No.


    3 of 4 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
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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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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