The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave

Audiobook CD - 2013
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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.
Publisher: Holland, Ohio : Dreamscape Media, LLC, p2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781624068669
Characteristics: 10 sound discs (ca. 762 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Strole, Phoebe 1983-
Espinoza, Brandon
Alternative Title: Fifth wave
Call Number: CD Y YANCEY, R


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Apr 30, 2018

The first wave was boredom, as Cassie throws an immature hissy fit at her dad. The second wave was nausea, as Cassie argues with her best friend about having sex with her long-time crush, Ben. The third wave was indifference, as Cassie gets creeped out by unwanted attention from stock loser Crisco. The fourth wave was eye-rolling incredulity as Cassie argues incessantly with new love interest Evan. The fifth wave was … well, I have no idea, as I gave up on this awfully-written, trite and pointless book. The dystopic alien invasion premise of the story had so much promise, but it got bogged down in a morass of meandering narrative, sodden characters, and wooden dialogue. Even by YA fiction standards, this book was amateurish and clichéd.

Aug 14, 2017

The audiobook was compellingly read thanks to appropriate pacing and excellent choices to voice the male and female protagonists. Sadly, I had to listen to the later 1/4 of the novel on 1.25 speed in order to finish it within my given time constraints.

The story itself is a well-told and developed narrative, creatively exploring the idea of an alien invasion without leaning heavily on tropes.

Jan 25, 2017

Its a good book

Jan 12, 2016

I know I would have enjoyed this book had I read it as a paperback, but I got an extra special treat listening to the audio book version. I was immediately gripped by the (highly appropriate) voice of Phoebe Strole as she plunged me headfirst into the inner working of Cassiopeia’s (hereafter known as Cassie) mind. The combination of Rick Yancey’s writing talent, combined with Strole’s intriguing voice immediately made me invested in Cassie’s story. The vulnerability, defiance, terror, and determination of that one young girl … I can see exactly how and why this novel is so popular. The other characters were interesting too, but it’s Cassie who really stands out.

The story of the Waves in itself is extremely interesting, and disturbingly believable. I think that’s what partially what makes the book so interesting. Yancey takes a familiar scifi trope from something that we know is always going to result in an Alien ass-kicking, and skews it so that almost immediately the reader is thinking “Ah..crap…We, uh, might be screwed here.”

Its the little kid that unites the story, but also the idea that each one of us is important. Yancey bucks the biggest alien invasion cliche, but he falls inline with the basic one. That when the feces hits rapidly oscillating object, humanity will band together. Some things are cliche for a reason, yeah? In this case, though, Yancey does such a good job of drawing it out, of making the characters doubt themselves and others, that you have begun to doubt it’ll actually happen before it does.

In short: The 5th Wave is a unique alien invasion story that gives young adults both male and female leads that are heartbreakingly human, surprisingly normal, and breathtakingly strong.

Sep 04, 2014

A suspenseful read and the audiobook is well-narrated. Would be a great crossover for someone who has been reading a lot of dystopian tales and is ready for something a little different, but still energetic and slightly twisted. The different perspectives keep you on the edge of your seat as the characters uncover plot twists separately.

Jun 06, 2014

A very suspenseful intriguing book. You won't want to stop reading it. My only problem is that it changes perspectives every so often and it doesn't tell you who you changed to. You have to figure it out yourself. I wasn't a big fan of this idea, but I suppose it gets you more into the book. Overall, a great read that will leave you wondering if this will ever become a true story.

Aug 17, 2013

Intense read about an alien invasion that's a modern Invasion of the Bodysnatchers. I value how all the perspectives met up - Cassie, Ben, Evan, and Sam.


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