Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

It's been a little while, but our friend and blogger, Katie is back with a look at one of the best selling books of the year. If you are in the market for a new dystopian series, look no further:

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

‘Tis the season for YA books made into movies. Have you seen Catching Fire in theatres? What about Ender’s Game? Did they leave you hungering for more? If so, I have just the book for you.

If you are a fan of either Catching Fire or Ender’s Game, you will want to make sure The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey makes its way to your 2013 holiday reading list. There are rumors of a movie being in the works for this book as well, but trust me when I say you’ll want to read it before you see it.

The Others who have invaded earth--in waves, get it?--look human but appear to be bent on total extermination of the residents of earth. No one knows how they arrived. No one knows what they want, but much of Earth’s population has been destroyed in the first four waves of attacks. Humans are now an endangered species. And in this dystopian future where your enemy looks like your friend, trust is impossible and survival is a lonely road to walk.

Cassie must work alone if she is to rescue her brother. But there is Evan Walker, who wants only to help, who she can’t trust, who might be her only hope. And there is Zombie, formerly golden boy Ben Parish, who is being trained to fight the aliens, who has become a pawn in a much larger game. As each of them struggle to decide who to trust, who to believe, and who they are, their lives intersect in ways that will surprise and captivate the reader.

Told from multiple points of view, the story unravels secrets while always posing more questions. Rick Yancey is not afraid to turn some of the conventions that we’ve come to expect from this genre of YA on their head.
The 5th Wave is a marvel of beautiful writing and amazing storytelling. The only drawback of picking this one up now is the realization that we have to wait until the next book to find out what happens next.

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