The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)
Rick Yancey

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th 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.

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1) book cover

“It’s an alien apocalypse! Quick, grab the beer!”

Engagingly gripping and rather compelling throughout, it’s as much a psychological alien invasion as a physical one. I’m rather glad I picked it up, for although it’s not quite aimed at my age bracket, it bit me as much as the Hunger Games ever did.

“Trying to keep my cool in this strange and unexpected turn in the minefield. My head is spinning. Gut-shot, doped up, discussing Shakespeare with the commandant of one of the most efficient death camps in the history of the world.”

The characters are different enough that the POV shifts mean something, and the whole wave idea works surprisingly well. Impressed.

Published by Sean Randall

I am an avid reader, technologist and disability advocate living in the middle of England with my wife, daughter and pets.

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