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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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  • Slim
  • Lexington, Virginia
  • 08-29-17

The 5th Wave

Spoilers.....

This book was so good like I couldn't help but listen to it when I was supposed to be doing my assignments. The beginning had me lost because I assume the guy narrator was talking as Evan, but I learned that he was the narrator for Ben. I assume Ben may not be dead and figured out Evan was an Alien.

But I was itching for Ben and Cassie to meet up again, and it's weird how he doesn't remember her, it maybe because of all that he been through because in my mind I believe he was the guy who was hurt in the tent ... wait yes, he was because he mentioned that he killed the guy who shared the tent thing with him.

Also, I was glad both he and Cassie made the promise to Sammie, that they'll come back for him. I was weak though when they both were staring at each other ready to kill one another, but Sammie saved them both by running to Ben and removing the mask from his face.

And like Evan, he is a beast I knew it was him that was blasting all of those people that the evil guy Vosuh had mentioned. He's the bimbo that killed her dad, right in front of her.

But I cannot wait to read part 2 and 3 I might have to find those books on Amazon the full set or go to Books A Million. And buy them because I am itching to know what happens next, plus I plan to buy the movie on google play so I can see it in video play.

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It Grabs You and Doesn't Let Go

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Great writing that grips ahold of you and doesn't let go. A fascinating story of survival, loss of hope, and no one to trust. Rick Yancey weaves the character's lives together in a unique way. I'm intrigued by the main character, her brother, friend, and, well, just who is this other person? The answers aren't handed to the reader on a pretty platter. No, we have to figure it out. It's GREAT! I will definitely finish the series. It ended like a LOST episode - on pins and needles to find out what happens next!

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exceptional story better then the movie

I loved this book, made the movie all that much better. I'm looking forward to finishing the series. an amazing choice in narrators, they made the store come to life for me.

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disappointing

Just another teeny-boppers-save-the-world esque book. I tried to get to the end but it just became too tedious. No trilogy for me. Yawn.

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This story grabbed me from the start

Wow! This was a great start to a wonderful new YA dystopian series. Although the story may not be entirely original, the writing was superb. It's another alien invasion plot but this time they do not come in peace. From the start I was immediately sucked into the story and could not get enough. Even though I don't care for the typical trilogy set up, I am happy this series will continue for at least 2 more books.
Narration was great as well.

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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.

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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

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AMAZING!!!

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

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  • John
  • Kenmore, WA, United States
  • 12-25-14

Intense absorption

What made the experience of listening to The 5th Wave the most enjoyable?

This story builds to strong intensity. Each segment reaching a higher level. Meanwhile the reader is trying to understand what has happened to the world. And the ending does not resolve the situation. I'll listen again.

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  • Melisa
  • MOSS BEACH, CA, United States
  • 05-23-14

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.

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