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
Short, Simple, No Spoilers
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.
Everything. The narrator, the story, the characters, the prose. There is not a single thing I did not like about this book. LOVED IT!
Cassie. She is very likable, interesting, and so freaking hilarious!
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!!!
Everything about this audiobook was incredible. The storyline kept me glued from start to finish. The narrators of this story brought it to life and I could feel the emotions from each character as they went on their journey.
This one had me from the beginning to the end! Can't wait for book 2! If you liked The Hunger Games I think you will like this one.
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).
Make it shorter. Also, make Cassie a little more likeable.
The narration was fine. The male narrator was generally less obtrusive.
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).
It takes a lot to wipe out the billions of people residing on Earth and as we experience one of those tactics (the fourth wave) we gradually get filled in on the previous waves that have hit our home planet hard. Each alien attack has resulted in a catastrophic loss of life and as the main protagonist, 16 year old Cassie Sullivan worries about what could possibly be next - the fifth wave - a gripping story of her survival unfolds.
The odd thing is how under the radar these aliens are. Bad things are happening, but there are no strange looking creatures walking around shooting people. There is a huge spaceship that gives people something to blame when a plague hits (one of the waves), but there are no aliens in sight, no smaller ships attacking earth installations or anything you usually expect to read about in a grand invasion from outer space.
This is a series and this first book starts out with a lot of quality. There are a lot of mysteries to be solved during Cassie's adventures and the explanations that come near the end of the book are quite satisfying.
I raved about another Science Fiction series in a previous review and while my daughter (who doesn't see herself as a science fiction fan) thought it was okay - she loved this book and talked me into buying the second volume. I'm noticing this first book is currently on sale for 6.95. .
Use a credit, or get it on sale. You won't regret getting this book.
I'm very good listen the two readers were wonderful
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
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
I don't often write reviews. But since I purchased this book based on the positive reviews and I really didn't like it, I feel compelled to state my own opinion in a review.
This book started out great. I loved Cassie - I loved the story from her point of view. But then it switched to three different male characters, which was hard to adjust to. And then it became about the harshness of military training - again, hard to adjust to. The story did flip back to Cassie eventually, but by then I wasn't sure I cared anymore.
I was also frustrated by the naivety of all the main characters (which is a nice way of saying how stupid they are) when they don't / can't / won't realize not all humans are humans. If the reader realizes this within the first third of the book, the main characters should at least pick it up by the first half of the book. But when the main characters don't comprehend this until nearly two-thirds of the book is over, then I question their intelligence. And I don't like brainless main characters.
I believe the book has a strong beginning and ending. But for the middle of the book - when I found myself finding chores to do instead of listening to the audiobook, then I knew this was not a five star read (or even a three or four star). I made myself finish the book (because of all the other positive reviews) but was again frustrated with the cliff hangers in the ending. I will not be purchasing the sequel to the 5th wave. I figure whatever ending I make up in my head will be better than what the author comes up with.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes. I'm sure I missed things the first time around.
Couldn't wait to turn the page to find out what happened next to these characters.
Can't choose. Liked both equally.
Yes. I had an emotional attachment to these characters. I laughed at things Cassie said.
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.
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