The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

79%

10 Critic Reviews

...it is very well written, although I think that there could have been more information about the state of the world before the aliens. However, I think this book will do for aliens what Twilight did for vampires.
-Guardian

Synopsis

"Remarkable, not-to-be-missed-under-any-circumstances."—Entertainment Weekly (Grade A)

The Passage meets Ender's Game in an epic new series from award-winning author 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.

"Wildly entertaining . . . I couldn't turn the pages fast enough."—Justin Cronin, The New York Times Book Review

"A modern sci-fi masterpiece . . . should do for aliens what Twilight did for vampires."—USAToday.com
 

About Rick Yancey

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Rick Yancey is the author of The Monstrumologist, The Curse of the Wendigo, The Isle of Blood, and The Final Descent. He has also written the award-winning series Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, as well as several novels for adults, including The Highly Effective Detective and A Burning in Homeland. His memoir, Confessions of a Tax Collector, was named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the five best books on taxes ever written. He earned a BA in English from Roosevelt University in Chicago and worked as a field officer for the Internal Revenue Service before turning to writing full time in 2004. Rick lives with his wife Sandy and two sons in Gainesville, Florida. Visit him at RickYancey.com.
 
Published May 7, 2013 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers. 474 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 10 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 2

NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Justin Cronin on May 09 2013

A setup like this would be hard to resolve in one book, and Yancey doesn’t try; there’s plenty of room left for a sequel or two. Smart man.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by KatnissArrow48 on Feb 06 2016

...it is very well written, although I think that there could have been more information about the state of the world before the aliens. However, I think this book will do for aliens what Twilight did for vampires.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Lifeissweetinbooks on Dec 06 2014

Overall the book has everything you would need in a book. It has over 400 pages but it didn't seem anything like that to me as I was so caught up, it really felt like a 200 page book.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Laurenthereader on Aug 13 2014

This book has such a brilliant pace and storyline that you hardly have time to pause before the story takes a drastic turn and you're wondering what comes next; it's electric.

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Dear Author

Below average
Reviewed by Jia on Jun 25 2013

The romantic aspects were poorly executed here, and I’m not convinced they’ll improve.

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Kirkus

Excellent
on Mar 06 2013

...everything feels totally real, and that makes it all the more riveting. Nothing short of amazing.

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NY Journal of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Connie Goldsmith on May 03 2013

The 5th Wave is creepy good, steeped with a smidgen of classic sci-fi storytelling at its best and infused with fresh perspectives about what it really means to be human.

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AV Club

Below average
Reviewed by Todd VanDerWerff on Jun 17 2013

Truth be told, I found The 5th Wave deeply annoying for roughly two-thirds of its page count. I liked the early sections, when Cassie explains how the aliens decimated Earth’s population...But after that opening section, the book settles into a two-pronged storyline.

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USA Today

Good
Reviewed by Brian Truitt on May 06 2013

...The 5th Wave offers an intriguing male counterpart in Ben Parish, Cassie's high school crush. Ben's separate path puts him through the paces when the military trains children to combat the aliens, and he becomes a soldier nicknamed "Zombie" who experiences some of the most heart-wrenching and tense action scenes.

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The Maine Edge

Excellent
Reviewed by Allen Adams on May 08 2013

"The 5th Wave" is thought-provoking and challenging while maintaining strong storytelling and eminent readability. Yancey has created a fantastic book that - while bearing the label “young adult” - can be thoroughly enjoyed by readers of all ages.

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