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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., [2013]
ISBN: 9780142425831
9780399162411
0399162410
9780147519085
Branch Call Number: TF Sci-Fi Yanc
Characteristics: 457 pages ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: Fifth Wave

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DCPL_Teens Dec 15, 2017

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the


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Barrie_Teen_Lists Mar 24, 2021

5/5

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey is a book filled with action, suspense and adventure. The protagonist in this novel is sixteen year old Cassie Sullivan, a girl trying her best to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. Aliens (better known as the ‘Others’) have made their appearance on Earth, and they are nothing like anyone imagined. Each attack the Others bring is called a wave. So far there have been four, but earth must prepare for a fifth. Cassie has to do her best to survive if she has any hope to reunite with her little brother Sammy, who was separated from her earlier on. Along the way, Cassie meets Evan Walker, a secretive boy who seems to have the intention of helping her. With over 90% of the human population already destroyed, Cassie will need all the help she can get if she wants to reclaim her home. This book is also told from the view of Ben Parish, a seventeen year old boy who cheats death and becomes a soldier. He faces his own obstacles in the ultimate goal of defeating the ones who are undefeatable. The 5th Wave is an exhilarating story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. If you are a fan of sci-fi/dystopian genre, you are sure to love it! The 5th wave is part of a trilogy, and is followed by The Infinite Sea and The Last Star. For my overall reading experience, I rate this novel 5/5 stars.

This book didn't really do it for me. I wasn't necessarily hooked, the characters aren't memorable, and while the concept had potential it doesn't really stick out amongst the multitude of other dystopian classics. If you want to know what it's about without dedicating yourself to the length of the book, watch the movie even though that wasn't particularly the best either.

lgmosher Feb 21, 2021

This one was fun. Like that's the only word for it.

You can't look at it like a serious take on sci-fi, you have to look at it in more of a Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy// spaceballs kind of way. If you do, the book is amazing.

If you're too big, bad, and serious to do that... Then go hash someone else's vibes.

With that being said-- I totally enjoyed this one. It was quick, twisty, thought out. Wasn't your run of the mill aliens dropping down chicken little style.

Yancey throws puns around like confetti, the characters are quick witted all in their own way and the plot moves quickly. I like how he wrote it in half memories//half real time events it made the plot move at a quick pace and you didn't get bored.

Each character was completely relatable -- even little Sams.

Overall it was a nice quick read that makes you glad you read it.

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dclfurball
Feb 16, 2021

the 5th wave was a slow the book was not that great i will not see it again

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dldiakow
Nov 13, 2020

Not my kind of book. It seemed promising in the first half, but became all lovey-dovey instant love thing... I’ll go back to Ender’s Game

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labraden
Sep 30, 2020

In the first part of The 5th Wave, we are introduced to Cassie who is all alone in the wilderness after an alien invasion that has killed most of the people on Earth including Cassie's parents. From Cassie's perspective, we see the memories of her family and how they died. The point of view shifts several times after the first half of the book. Ben Parish and Cassie's brother, Sammy are taken captive and trained to kill the alien invaders. There is also Evan, who is one of the "Others." Evan saves Cassie's life and from that point on, the story really takes off. There is lots of action throughout the story and it is very well written. It just isn't my type of story. I probably will not read the sequel.

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EAL201986
Sep 10, 2020

I'm an extremely picky reader so I was pleasantly surprised to find a book that can keep me interested all the way through to the end. Great character development. There's some teenage angst but it's not the main focus like most YA. Some YA is all teen angst with a side of plot. Not this book. Well written multi pov. I'll definitely be reading the rest of the series.

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RebelBelle13
Sep 01, 2020

Well. That was terrifying. If you're not sure what this book is about, it's an alien race that arrives on earth and destroys 95% of mankind through blackouts, plague, tsunamis, and murder. Sound interesting? Then this might be the book for you. I can't deny that it's well written and the characters have depth and interest, but this simply wasn't my jam at all. I'm normally into utopias like Star Trek, not novels where the entire human race is obliterated in grotesque and detailed fashion. To be very honest, I read this with my son because he enjoys these types of books, but this isn't something I would have picked. I can't in good conscience give it a one or two star, since it wasn't objectively terrible, but I can tell you that the content in this book will bother me for months. The teens in this end up "fighting back", but I really can't see a happy end to this trilogy, even if they end up defeating the aliens. I'll go back to Independence Day, thanks.

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EljayJohnson
Jul 14, 2019

It started off well, but I found myself losing interest as the novel opened up from the main characters. I'm a fan of YA fiction, particularly dystopia, but this went on overlong and had too much moony teenage angst and lovelornness (is that a word?) in it for my taste. Guessing by the abrupt ending, I'm assuming there will be more to come and that this is the beginning of a series. I won't be back.

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Lizzythedobie
Apr 22, 2019

This book is so good! I can't wait to see the movie!

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MINECRAFT_RULES
Feb 08, 2020

"if aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed on America, which didn't turn out very well for the native Americans."

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Lizzythedobie
May 06, 2019

"Run=die. Stay=die. Sort of the theme of this party"

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Lizzythedobie
May 06, 2019

"If this is humanity's last war, then I am the battlefield"

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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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green_snake_1511
Nov 17, 2020

green_snake_1511 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 30

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MINECRAFT_RULES
Feb 08, 2020

MINECRAFT_RULES thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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BudgiesNbooks
Feb 12, 2018

BudgiesNbooks thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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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

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MADELINE KNIGHT
Sep 23, 2016

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

ArapahoeDonna Aug 19, 2016

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Jul 18, 2016

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henrymingay
Jun 14, 2016

henrymingay thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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MINECRAFT_RULES
Feb 08, 2020

Sexual Content: many situations where one or another wants to have sex, but its the end of the world so.... you get the idea

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

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

Coarse Language: A variety of cursing in each chapter.

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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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