The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave

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Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2013.
Branch Call Number: YOUNG ADULT FICTION
Characteristics: 457 p. ;,24 cm.
Alternative Title: Fifth wave

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Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them. The first book in the 5th Wave series including The Infinite Sea (2014) and The Last Star (2016).

Action packed, fast paced, gritty, strong characters. Will be interesting to see where Rick Yancey takes this story next.

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ChristchurchLib Jul 02, 2013

"The first four Waves of the alien invasion annihilated most of the human population on Earth. Now, the few remaining survivors are scattered and terrified, with no way of knowing who is still human and who has been turned into an alien Other. Among the survivors is 16-year-old Cassie, armed... Read More »


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alex_373
Aug 14, 2017

I'm glad I picked up this book. The premise was simple, the execution much less so. Rather than a generic alien invasion plot, this story showed hopelessness yet a fierce determination to survive. Campy flying saucers are replaced by devastating diseases and tsunamis that are horrifyingly realistic. The intense story kept me riveted from beginning to end, even on my second and third read.

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amylee290
Jul 20, 2017

I loved it ! Intense from start to finish. Can't wait to read the next 2.

sarahbru17 Jul 06, 2017

Characters: 7/10
Plot: 7/10
Writing: 7/10
Overall, this book was really intense. The whole premise, from the beginning, is that humanity has no chance of surviving. It made it hard to get into because it was like, “Well they don’t stand a chance, everyone’s dead, nothing matters.” At the same time though, that hopelessness led to, “Well they obviously have to survive, so how are they going to survive the un-survivable?” This book was engaging and driving, but so much so that it made it harder to sit back and enjoy.
I thought the changing perspectives added to the book. I like that it was divided by sections instead of just chapters, so the continuity was easier to follow.
I liked Zombie’s sections more than Cassie’s. Cassie’s first section was good, but then some of the subsequent sections with Evan were—dare I say it—slow? Uneventful? The first section was so loaded with information and events, and Zombie’s sections so action-packed, that her little romance and recovery was a little bit of a let-down. Also, Yancey made it easy to figure out who Evan was as soon as you meet him, so the fact that it took her the whole book to figure it out may have been too drawn-out.

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mellisarosesauers
Mar 08, 2017

The book was good, but for me it was hard to follow. I loved the movie, but I think the book could have been more easy to read, but otherwise, good.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jan 29, 2017

Okay, to start, I would like to express my thanks to all the people online who raved about this book. They motivated me to read it, and all I can say is that I am glad I did. The romance in this book truly felt genuine and realistic, and there is nothing better than a good romantic spin with some suspense and action. Cassie and Evan face down their differences, but can they come together to best the odds? (Definitely another ship.) Her love for her brother is actually so intense that it was powerful to read. This was certainly one of the best "end of the world" books I have read in a long time. 5/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

The 5th Wave is set against the backdrop of an apocalyptic era in the near future. In this world, the challenge before humans is to survive waves of attack brought on by aliens and preserve their humanity. Cassie is determined to save her little brother from the enemy’s hands, yet she is not fully aware of the enemy’s intentions. She will only pass the test of survival if she can identify whom to trust. The story is told from the perspectives of different characters, and therefore, all sides of the conflict are clearly seen. I found the concept of alien invasion both interesting and frightening. Like other science fiction dystopian stories, The 5th Wave is full of action and intrigue. The fast paced plot and well developed characters make this story an entertaining read. 5/5 Stars
- @VirtueofReading of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

This is definitely awesome! I like this book very much! The author is really creative and I was shocked when the truth is exposed. The story started when aliens had already attacked the earth for four times and the survivors were trying their best to survive and fight back. However, aliens figured out a way to pretend to be human beings. They did so well that it's really hard to distinguish. Actually another advantage of this book is that the author described the whole horrible thing from a young girl's perspective. Her feelings for her brother and her friends are so real that they made me get involved in the story, the destroyed world. Besides, the connection between the main character and the boy who was always helping her was impressive, although I had forgotten their names. I strongly recommend this book to you, especially to teenagers. I will give it a 4.5 out of 5.
- @Lize of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Overall, this was a great book. I really enjoyed the mystery of it, especially since there are so many small hints that you continuously had to put together and develop a theory as to what was going on. The characters in the book are often wary of trusting others, and I found that I was also getting into the habit after reading for a bit. It was a bit hard to follow sometimes and understand what happened, but I suppose it’s a type of book where you’re supposed to be figuring things out as you go rather than not. It was really haunting, too, the way that the author portrays the constant, underlying loneliness in most of the characters while the story develops. The descriptive writing in this was really nice, and all of the characters were extremely distinctive. 4/5 Stars
- @ClockworkReader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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KlügerKater
Dec 21, 2016

Yancey has breathed new life into the over-saturated genre of alien invader Sci-Fi with his "5th Wave" series! This is a serious page-turner that will have you biting your nails until the very last paragraph, making the painstaking wait for the next book in the series nearly unbearable. No little green men to be found in this book however; instead, except a dystopian, post-apocalyptic Earth, sporting a strong, female protagonist, setting out on her journey to find her family, evade the "Others", and restore some aspect of humanity to her shattered life. Expect something bordering a psychological thriller, rather than a re-scripted "Independence Day".

AL_LESLEY Nov 10, 2016

Well written with great characters this book was a gripping alien invasion multiple point of view page turner that gave an intangible 'some-thing more' than most YA offerings.

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publicenemy45
Nov 03, 2016

I like the 5th wave haven't seen the movie yet but book is pretty good.

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JackPurcell
Nov 02, 2016

This book is damaged on the binder and there's evidence of previous repairs. If they attempt to charge you for damage you didn't do point to this comment and the date and refuse. There's no telling how many times patrons have already paid for this damage.

JCLDebbieF Oct 13, 2016

"I recommend this to anyone who likes a solid adventure story, but in particular those who wonder what a total collapse of society might look like. Think The Walking Dead meets Independence Day. This one will be coloring my nightmares for some time. And I can’t wait for the next one.

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“I thought I knew what loneliness was before he found me, but I had no clue. You don't know what real loneliness is until you've known the opposite.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“Because we will die, but at least we will die unbroken.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“There's an old saying about the truth setting you free. Don't buy it. Sometimes the truth slams the cell door shut and throws a thousand bolts.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“When the moment comes to stop running from your past, to turn around and face the thing you thought you could not face--the moment when your life teeters between giving up and getting up--when that moment comes, and it always comes, if you can't get up and you can't give up either, here's what you do: Crawl.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“We'd stared into the face of Death, and Death blinked first. You'd think that would make us feel brave and invincible. It didn't.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“What doesn't kill us sharpens us. Hardens us. Schools us. You're beating plowshares into swords, Vosch. You are remaking us. We are the clay, and you are Michelangelo. And we will be your masterpiece.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“You can only call someone crazy if there’s someone else who’s normal. Like good and evil. If everything was good, then nothing would be good.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“That's what you do when the curtain is falling--you give the line that the audience wants to hear.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“You know how sometimes you tell yourself that you have a choice, but really you don't have a choice? Just because there are alternatives doesn't mean they apply to you.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“Sarcasm doesn't appear to work on him. If that's true, I'm in trouble: It's my normal mode of communication.”

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brown_crane_20
Aug 06, 2017

brown_crane_20 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

sarahbru17 Jul 17, 2017

sarahbru17 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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black_pony_62
Oct 08, 2016

black_pony_62 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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black_dove_98
Sep 23, 2016

black_dove_98 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 99

AL_DONNA Aug 19, 2016

AL_DONNA thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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LifeLoverSam
Jul 18, 2016

LifeLoverSam thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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henrymingay
Jun 14, 2016

henrymingay thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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violet_gazelle_31
May 24, 2016

violet_gazelle_31 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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black_bear_515
Mar 03, 2016

black_bear_515 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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indigo_beetle_81 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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sarahbru17 Jul 23, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: This whole book was frightening and intense (hence the age suggestion).

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dove123_
Aug 07, 2015

Coarse Language: A variety of cursing in each chapter.

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dove123_
Aug 07, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Some gory fighting and lots of death, but it's a book, not a movie. Yet. :)

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dove123_
Aug 07, 2015

Sexual Content: Kissing. Nothing too graphic for a YA novel. Not for younger readers.

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JihadiConservative
Jul 16, 2014

Sexual Content: Talk about sexual relationships

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JihadiConservative
Jul 16, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: This is a thriller. Its intense!

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JihadiConservative
Jul 16, 2014

Coarse Language: Ya know. Some uses of F bombs and SOB (frequent) and sh*t and some other stuff.

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JihadiConservative
Jul 16, 2014

Violence: Quite a bit but nothing to graphic. People get shot in the head. Blood Splatters some brutal deaths ect...

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stepha89
Jul 15, 2013

Violence: Nothing overly graphic, but enough that I wouldn't recommend to younger readers.

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

Cassie struggles to survive and protect her younger brother Sammy during an alien invasion.

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mardscott
Jul 21, 2016

This novel was outstanding. It is not predictable, as are many sci-fi novels. Aliens come to earth, but they are not like what we have imagined in the movies. They came not only to conquer us but also to annihilate us. They came in 5 waves, hence the book title.
Wave 1: turn off all electricity, machines, wipe out 500,000 people
Wave 2: cause earthquakes, wipe out 3 billion people
Wave 3: disease and pestilence , wipe out 97% of the survivors
The bulk of the novel is Waves 4 & 5. It involves trying to know who the enemy really is and what does he want!?? And how to survive. Great book!

Wave 4:
Wave 5:

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aheschl
Jun 26, 2016

Aliens called others are taking over the body's of humans and are killing everybody

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vbonbon14
Jul 01, 2015

Cassie Sullivan has to save her little brother who was taken by the Others. She encounters obstacles such as violence and romance.

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