The 5th Wave : The 5th Wave

  • by Rick Yancey
  • Narrated by Brandon Espinoza, Phoebe Strole
  • Series: The 5th Wave
  • 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Passage meets Ender's Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey.
After the first wave, only darkness remains. After the second, only the lucky escape. And after the third, only the unlucky survive. After the fourth wave, only one rule applies: Trust no one.
Now, it's the dawn of the fifth 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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Not Your Typical YA Dystopian Fare

Anyone else over the trilogy happy dystopian and paranormal YA lit? This one stands out and is worth your credit and time.

Cassie feels like the last human on earth after aliens have quietly invaded our planet. There are no grand explosions, little green men, or friendly visitors wishing to interact and understand our race. Stealthy and cunning, the "others" unleash several waves to eradicate the human race while preserving the Earth's natural resources. The plot is layered with well thought out details; feels like peeling an onion instead of gliding the surface of most successful dystopian trilogies. Writing style is thoughtful, smart, and insightful.

Cared about the characters, enjoying alternating viewpoints and narration by Cassie and other character (no spoilers). Their journey was a little like "Revolution," "The Walking Dead," and "The Road" woven into a teenage tapestry of action, adventure, and the power of perseverance. Found myself walking alongside characters to find food and shelter and feeling just as disturbed trying to figure out how to distinguish the enemy from other humans. Interesting to explore in this read. Highly recommend.
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- FanB14 "Short, Simple, No Spoilers"

Not recommended!

I don't often write reviews. But since I purchased this book based on the positive reviews and I really didn't like it, I feel compelled to state my own opinion in a review.

This book started out great. I loved Cassie - I loved the story from her point of view. But then it switched to three different male characters, which was hard to adjust to. And then it became about the harshness of military training - again, hard to adjust to. The story did flip back to Cassie eventually, but by then I wasn't sure I cared anymore.

I was also frustrated by the naivety of all the main characters (which is a nice way of saying how stupid they are) when they don't / can't / won't realize not all humans are humans. If the reader realizes this within the first third of the book, the main characters should at least pick it up by the first half of the book. But when the main characters don't comprehend this until nearly two-thirds of the book is over, then I question their intelligence. And I don't like brainless main characters.

I believe the book has a strong beginning and ending. But for the middle of the book - when I found myself finding chores to do instead of listening to the audiobook, then I knew this was not a five star read (or even a three or four star). I made myself finish the book (because of all the other positive reviews) but was again frustrated with the cliff hangers in the ending. I will not be purchasing the sequel to the 5th wave. I figure whatever ending I make up in my head will be better than what the author comes up with.
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- Debbie Whelton

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-07-2013
  • Publisher: Listening Library