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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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    Tom P DC 08-26-13
    Tom P DC 08-26-13
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    "this man needs an editor"
    What disappointed you about The 5th Wave?

    This book could have easily been cut down by half. The characters are prone to speechifying. Cassie, especially, seems to be saying the same thing over and over again (and it's rarely interesting enough to merit saying once).


    What could Rick Yancey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make it shorter. Also, make Cassie a little more likeable.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was fine. The male narrator was generally less obtrusive.


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

    It sparked several eye rolls in our car, as well as a few questions about why Cassie can't seem to focus on what's important in a given situation (e.g., danger rather than the body of whatever man happens to be in the room).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Normal, IL, United States 08-12-13
    Amy Normal, IL, United States 08-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "How do you survive when anyone can be the enemy?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I really enjoyed it.It was a good story that kept moving. It was clear that the aliens had a psychological understanding of humans that was chilling. It was also chilling how much each human desired to be rescued and instead of trusting themselves they abdicated.

    Loved way the perspectives changed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The 5th Wave?

    I was most enthralled twice -- when the main character is forced to discover just how far she will go to survive and with the unlikely and tender alliance she develops. I also liked the symbolism of the necklace.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Phoebe Strole did an excellent job. I was less enthused by Peter Espinoza. I know he had to do multiple characters, but he was less believable as the high school jock.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to see what happens next!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wilson St. Petersburg, FL, United States 06-05-13
    Wilson St. Petersburg, FL, United States 06-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I thought there was another part to download"

    I honestly went to download the next part and realized that was it. After I realized there wasn't a second part I accepted there was an ending but it was rather unsatisfying. Don't understand all the great reviews. Granted it could set up a second story with a bigger conflict, I still thought it was OK at best. The bad guys actions just didn't make much sense to me.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Browder Ocala, Fl USA 05-24-13
    Bill Browder Ocala, Fl USA 05-24-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Very entertaining"

    Meant for younger audience, but not juvenile enough to knock off a star. Entertaining with an original storyline. Will be waiting the next installment.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    julie Dingmans Ferry, PA, United States 05-24-13
    julie Dingmans Ferry, PA, United States 05-24-13
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    "This is a YA story!"
    Any additional comments?

    Somehow I missed that this book was in the teen/YA category. Probably because I don't shop for my books by category, I just browse along by recommendations, interesting titles/covers, etc.
    During the entire story, I kept chiding Cassie for being so childish and immature, it annoyed me. I didn't like her.
    When I heard the little 'promo' for more YA books by the same author go to..blah, blah...at the end of the story, it became clear to me. I know... I'm slow.
    With that being said, it took me a while to get through this book. I enjoyed the first 1/3 of the book about Cassie and her family and the events leading up to the 1st wave, but as soon as the alien military became a dominant theme, I lost interest. I finished it to find out what happened, but didn't really enjoy it that much anymore.
    3 stars for an average book.

    4 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    gary Wappingers Falls, NY, United States 10-13-13
    gary Wappingers Falls, NY, United States 10-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "It was OK"
    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book but it is not in my interest to listen to another of the same.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    a Los Angeles, CA, United States 05-21-13
    a Los Angeles, CA, United States 05-21-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Ok but not out of this world"
    Any additional comments?

    It's not a bad book and there are some fascinating (and terrifying) ideas in it, I just felt that some of the heroine's (and the heroes') reactions didn't ring true.

    I also felt like too many of the key scenes relied on 1000 to one chances (or on characters being completely oblivious).

    It is definitely worth a listen but in the rapidly growing field of teenage dystopian books, it really doesn't stand out.

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    Josh Redmond, WA, United States 05-14-13
    Josh Redmond, WA, United States 05-14-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Enjoyed most of it"
    What about Brandon Espinoza and Phoebe Strole ’s performance did you like?

    I particularly enjoyed Brandon Espinoza's performance. In his voice portrayal of Ben especially. His vocal inflections reminded me of a particular movie actor "Channing Tatum" who I could well see playing that character in a movie version of this book. Regardless of how you feel about Channing Tatum, Brandon Espinoza reading the part of Ben really brought that character to life for me. As regards Phoebe Strole, I will say I think she did a good job with her Narration. I had a hard time connecting with the main character, Cassy. During most of the book the main character is extremely sarcastic & flippant. Phoebe Strole delivered these lines so well that I would actually get irritated with Cassy and think that if I was actually in the room while someone spoke to me like that I would need to step outside to keep from getting angry. As I believe that's how the character was meant to be I think Mrs. Strole did a great job.


    Any additional comments?

    This book takes a lot of ideas about an alien invasion and spins them in new and unique ways. Particularly 5 unique ways and therefore waves. I was always wondering what twist would the author throw at us next. Among all it showed, there was one big plot hole that hit me 1/2 way through and I kept waiting for it to be explained. It sadly never was and since most of the book is about catching little details that seem out of place, only to have them brought up later as major plot twist, this particular hole is very bothersome. Hopefully there will be a 2nd book and that will explain it. Even if the author did one of those little interviews afterward and explained that would satisfy me and would raise the story and entire star in my opinion. My only other complaint is that the main solution to the issue the character's face is fixed with a bit of "Dues ex machina". Some reviews say mix Justin Cronin "The Passage" with Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game" but I would say mix Stephen King's "The Talisman" with Stephanie Meyer's "The Host". The world built by Mr. Yancy & the way he kept parceling out information kept me hook. I do think this was a technically challenging book to write and believe the author deserves credit for doing a job as well as he did, even with the things I personally dislike about it. I will say I gave the story 3 stars but if there is a sequel to this book I would read it. Also I'll be taking a look at other works created by Mr. Yancy.

    2 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Parajunkee Jefferson, LA, United States 06-28-13
    Parajunkee Jefferson, LA, United States 06-28-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Alien Apocalypse!!!"

    PJV Quickie: Are Aliens the new dystopian over-lords? It seems so and Rick Yancy’s The Fifth Wave is leading the charge in setting this new fad. In Yancy’s future the aliens have come to Earth and they are not fugly little brown men that like to eat candy and say funny quips in broken English, no they are here to destroy everything!

    The main character in this original Young Adult Apocalypse novel is Cassie. Cassie has lived through an alien take-over of the planet Earth. The alien motherships came silently and hovered over the planet and one by one each wave hit – thousands, millions, billions of people died. Cassie feels like she is the only person left on the planet, she can’t trust anyone…she knows she is hunted, but because the aliens where human skins in this last wave – just talking to another human can mean her death. She’s just lost her father, her brother was taken away and all she can focus on is getting him back. She holds on to his stuffed bear, she writes in her journal and she tries to stay sane and survive.

    Cassie was a great character, she was both parts innocence and survivor. Being in her head was enjoyable and scary as she lived within this screwed up world that Yancy created. I liked how determined she was, but also how she knew that she couldn’t do it alone. She wasn’t one of those characters that just made crazy decisions that worked out in the end, just so she could be obstinate for the sake of being obstinate and cause problems that led to plot movement. The other characters were also just as rich and Yancy pulled them all together seamlessly. He switched POVs and showed the current world from within the camp of children and actually from within an alien’s head to give their perspective. There was also a slight romance that gave the story a bit of emotional swoon factor. So, have we gotten the breakdown yet? Aliens + crazy internal dialogue + action and murderous alien intent + children training to kill + swoon-worthy romance + fab characters = a 5 star book! It’s like Ender’s Game for “grown-up” teens, meets The Hunger Games.

    A must read!

    The narration was also top-notch. Brandon Espinoza did the boy parts and Phoebe Strole did the girl parts. I love when they have a female and male voice with POVs shift. It gives the audiobook more depth. I did enjoy Phoebe’s voice more, but they were both on par.

    Recommendations: If you are a fan of apocalypse fiction in the young adult age range, you’ll love The Fifth Wave. The book was reminiscent of 80s/90s era fiction but modernized to the new taste of YA. If you like books like Ender’s Game…you should really enjoy.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Groton, NY, United States 05-13-13
    Michael Groton, NY, United States 05-13-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Really good character voicing and POV"
    What made the experience of listening to The 5th Wave the most enjoyable?

    The book keeps you in a constant state of tension because you are always waiting to understand more about the aliens and what is actually happening. This tension is something that pulls you forward.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Lots to like. Cassie's POV, some great action sequences, good humor, etc.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I have to say the rescue of Jamie


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

    Maybe I'm just dull emotionally, but it sure could have done those things. For me, it was more intriguing and enjoyable and made me think what would I do in such situations?


    Any additional comments?

    I learned some things about writing from this book. Thanks Rick.

    As to the performance, both of you did a great job and were VERY believable!

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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