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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

    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.

    67 of 69 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!!!

    3 of 3 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
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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!!!

    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

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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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    Emily Truax Athens, GA 08-06-14
    Emily Truax Athens, GA 08-06-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm a mid-20s girl that is addicted to books! I love all things paranormal, fantasy, historical fiction and mystery. No romance novels here!

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    "Took me 3/4 of the book till I finally got into it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but they would need to commit to it... it is long and the big reveals aren't until the end.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The main character is pretty angsty. However, I did end up enjoying her by the end. I assume there will be a couple more books since it was left wide open at the end.


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

    Love the narration! They brought life to the charactors.


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

    No.


    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 2008
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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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    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 06-30-14
    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 06-30-14
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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!

    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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    Judy Evansville, IN, United States 04-16-14
    Judy Evansville, IN, United States 04-16-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Good Book"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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