The 5th WaveBook - 2013
From Library Staff
For fans of movies like "A Quiet Place" and "I Am Legend," this first book of a trilogy explores survival in the midst of devastation. Follow Cassie as she runs from the aliens that attacked her world as well as the military power she was taught to trust.
A Douglas County Libraries top checkout in 2018. Tied with "Salt to the Sea."
bibliosara Jul 18, 2018
The 5th Wave is a science-fiction, dystopian thriller with enough action to keep you flipping the (many) pages. Yancey is a talented author and weaves together a plot that will keep you guessing. However, the language and behavior of the characters had me ready to shut the book altogther at times... Read More »
This title was a Douglas County Libraries top checkout in 2017.
From the critics
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"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."
“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.”
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green_snake_1511 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 30
sarahbru17 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over
MADELINE KNIGHT thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 99
ArapahoeDonna thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over
Sexual Content: many situations where one or another wants to have sex, but its the end of the world so.... you get the idea
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...
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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