The 5th WaveBook - 2013
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ChristchurchTeens Jan 11, 2015
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.
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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“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“That's what you do when the curtain is falling--you give the line that the audience wants to hear.”
“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.”
“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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sarahbru17 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over
black_dove_98 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 99
AL_DONNA thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over
violet_gazelle_31 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over
Frightening or Intense Scenes: This whole book was frightening and intense (hence the age suggestion).
Frightening or Intense Scenes: Some gory fighting and lots of death, but it's a book, not a movie. Yet. :)
Sexual Content: Kissing. Nothing too graphic for a YA novel. Not for younger readers.
Coarse Language: Ya know. Some uses of F bombs and SOB (frequent) and sh*t and some other stuff.
Violence: Quite a bit but nothing to graphic. People get shot in the head. Blood Splatters some brutal deaths ect...
SummaryAdd a Summary
Cassie struggles to survive and protect her younger brother Sammy during an alien invasion.
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!
Aliens called others are taking over the body's of humans and are killing everybody