Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave was our Book Nerds Across America read along in January.  The movie hit theaters on January 22nd, so Flo thought it would be a great way for us to prep for the movie.  

I'm not usually a science fiction reader, but I found this book to be a great mix.  The aliens have come to Earth and are eliminating the human population in waves.  After the fourth wave, there is next to nobody left when compared to the billions of people that populated the earth prior to their arrival.  Cassie and her five-year-old brother are a couple of the lucky survivors.  When they become separated, Cassie promises Sam she will find him.  This promise is far easier said than done.

Ben Parish has been Cassie's crush at school for as long as she can remember.  He is a star football player and barely knows who she is.  He is one of the survivors who is taken to a military facility.  The recruits endure what has to be worse than a navy seal training program and will ultimately be humanities last stance against the invaders....or so they believe.

Evan Walker is a farm boy who finds Cassie after she was injured and helps nurse her to health.  There is definitely something unusually about this boy, but Cassie can't quite put her finger on it.  She doesn't feel like she can trust him, but she has no real reason not to.  He could have left her for dead, but he chose to help her.

The story is told from Cassie, Ben, and Evan's points of view, which allows the reader to see all aspects of life on Earth after the arrival.  The story was action packed and unpredictable, which kept me constantly wanting to know what would happen next.  As the pieces of the puzzle began to come together, I became so engrossed that I didn't realize how close to the end I was.  Then, it just stopped.  I was reading an ebook, so those things can easily happen, but I was still shocked.  There were so many loose ends and unresolved issues that there HAD to be a few more chapters I was missing.  WRONG!  

That is when I went to Goodreads and discovered there is a second book in the series.  I immediately tweeted Flo and was like, how can this be?  Fortunately, The Infinite Sea is available, so I guess I will be reading it in the near future.  I certainly can't leave these wonderful characters in limbo for all eternity....or perhaps that is what the "Others" would like for me to do.  

The final book in the series, The Last Star, will be released on May 24, 2016.   I was beyond excited to see that I will be able to conclude the series without having to wait even a few months between books.  Flo's timing in selecting this series couldn't have been better!!

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