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ISBN13: 9780399162411
ISBN10: 0399162410
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Fifteen-year-old Cassie is the girl who lost it all. Her world ripped apart. Her mother and father dead. Her little brother captured.

On a lonely stretch of highway, she 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, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother — or saving herself. Now, she must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

Cassie Sullivan gets up.

In multi-award winner Rick Yancey's gripping, epic young adult series, the most dangerous lie is the one that gives us hope.

Review:

"This is DAMN and WOW territory. Quite simply, one of the best books I've read in years." Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author

Review:

"A fantastic read. The 5th Wave is an electrifying page-turner." Kathy Reichs, New York Times bestselling author

Review:

"Yancey's heartfelt, violent, paranoid epic, filled with big heroics and bigger surprises, is part War of the Worlds, part Starship Troopers, part Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and part The Stand...a sure thing for reviewers and readers alike." Booklist (starred review)

Review:

"Breathtakingly fast-paced and original, The 5th Wave is a reading tsunami that grabs hold and won't let go. A postapocalyptic alien invasion story with a smart, vulnerable heroine." Melissa De La Cruz, New York Times bestselling author of the Blue Bloods series

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"Prepare to set everything else aside when you launch into this one. The break-neck pace and high stakes will draw you in, but it's the characters who will keep you turning pages. It's been a long time since I've read a story this compelling." Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times bestselling author

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Rick Yancey (www.rickyancey.com) is the author of several adult novels and the memoir Confessions of a Tax Collector. His first young-adult novel, The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, was a finalist for the Carnegie Medal. In 2010, his novel, The Monstrumologist, received Michael L. Printz Honor, and the sequel, The Curse of the Wendigo, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. When he isn't writing or thinking about writing or traveling the country talking about writing, Rick is hanging out with his family.

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MindyBuchanan, February 21, 2014 (view all comments by MindyBuchanan)
Wow. I mean, that's pretty much all I can say about this book. I can't believe this book comes so highly recommended. My only assumption here is that because Mr. Yancey is a well published author, his agent and book editor saw fit to allow him to publish such cliched drivel. And I'm not even talking about the ridiculous alien plot-line, logic holes, or absolutely pointless back story vomit.

I know. I'm usually not so mean in reviews. And I hate to say terrible things about someone's hard work. I do, I swear.

But as a woman I feel I must say something about the absolutely awful representation of a female protag as presented in first person by Mr. Yancey. I am sorry for the women in Yancey's life, because he must think very little of them. His version of a young female is both boring and irritatingly cliched. It's like he took all the snippets that he knows about women from Glamour Magazine and tried to stuff her into an insanely boring shell. She's annoying. Simpering. Ridiculous. Illogical. Again, I feel sorry for the women in Yancey's life.

I usually have a rule about not reading authors who write MC's in first person when they are the opposite sex. Especially in YA literature. Because being a teen girl is hard. And unless you've been one, it is impossible (as Yancey clearly proves here) to write from an informed and meaningful perspective. And I do not mean to say this just for men attempting to write from a teen girl's perspective. I find the same to be exactly true of women who write from a teen male's first person perspective. However, and perhaps this is because it is easier to find on the shelves, I think this is done successfully more often.

I won't go into all of the other problems with this story, because by far the biggest fail in this is the author's attempt to portray a fleshed out and layered female protagonist. Plot, logic holes, repetitiveness, and pointless back story aside.
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universalmusiq, October 6, 2013 (view all comments by universalmusiq)
The hype for this book is up there with THE HUNGER GAMES for me. Cassie, Zombie, and even the 3rd person POVs from little Sam and a conflicted character are a great way to build up the overall tension in this new YA series.

The pacing works in terms of building characters and their sense of danger. The aliens came and broke down the world in waves or stages and it makes sense that Yancey also builds on the characters resolve in such a way.

Cassie is a fierce character who is wanting yet has a mission to rescue her brother Sam. Zombie is broken and put back together again to fight but who exactly is he fighting for? Little Sam just wants things to be the way they were and people to stick to their promises. The 5th Wave comes and the way the previous waves came and went and inflicted pain and demise on the earth are well constructed from Cassie's POV. I love her wit and I love Zombie's determination. Combined this makes for a good series that will have readers rooting for both of our narrator's and seeing how deep things go in terms of whether there'll be more waves and whether this war can be won.
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Larena, August 25, 2013 (view all comments by Larena)
Futuristic, Ohio


The 1st Wave leaves the world in darkness.

The 2nd Wave the lucky ones survive.

The 3rd Wave the unlucky are the survivors.

The 4th Wave makes sure you trust no one.

Now the 5th Wave is starting.


Cassie is all about survival even if that survival means running from them. The ones that look like humans but aren’t. The ones that roam around killing everyone they see. The ones that have made sure that Earth’s last survivors are scattered everywhere. Cassie knows the way to stay alive is to stay by herself. Until the day she meets Evan Walker. Evan is the only chance Cassie has of saving her brother but can she trust him? He is also her only chance at saving herself. Cassie now is going to have to decide to trust or not. She will also have to choose between defiance and surrender and between life and death. So far Cassie has chosen to fight but now she has to decide if she is going to continue to fight or to give up.




This is a great story about the resiliency of human nature and our will to survive. This story has a lot of action and some really good twists to it. It is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats and turning the pages just to see where this one will go. It will also keep the reader guessing just whose side each character is on and who is who and just what are they fighting and for. This is the first in a trilogy that will have reader mourning how long it will be before the next one comes out. It will also have them eagerly awaiting the next release too. The plot in this one moves along very well and is sure to pull readers into this new world. The story is also done in first POV so while some might find this not to their taste if they try it they will not be disappointed in the least. It helps readers really get into the minds of the characters and help understand why they react the way they do. This one not to miss.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780399162411
Author:
Yancey, Rick
Publisher:
Putnam Publishing Group
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20130531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9.33 x 6.32 x 1.5 in 1.5 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 480 pages Putnam Publishing Group - English 9780399162411 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This is DAMN and WOW territory. Quite simply, one of the best books I've read in years."
"Review" by , "A fantastic read. The 5th Wave is an electrifying page-turner."
"Review" by , "Yancey's heartfelt, violent, paranoid epic, filled with big heroics and bigger surprises, is part War of the Worlds, part Starship Troopers, part Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and part The Stand...a sure thing for reviewers and readers alike."
"Review" by , "Breathtakingly fast-paced and original, The 5th Wave is a reading tsunami that grabs hold and won't let go. A postapocalyptic alien invasion story with a smart, vulnerable heroine."
"Review" by , "Prepare to set everything else aside when you launch into this one. The break-neck pace and high stakes will draw you in, but it's the characters who will keep you turning pages. It's been a long time since I've read a story this compelling."
"Synopsis" by , 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.

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