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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey


The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey is a WOW book. A not-to-be-missed book. A stay-up-late-and-read-book-because-you-have-to-know-what-happens-next book.

I predict that The 5th Wave will be the next IT book with teens in the tradition of Hunger Games and Divergent.  I am not alone in my estimation because a lot of people who know more about books than me are saying similar things:
*"Yancey's heartfelt, violent, paranoid epic, filled with big heroics and bigger surprises, is part War of the Worlds, part Starship Troopers, part Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and part The Stand . . . a sure thing for reviewers and readers alike."Booklist *starred review*
"Step aside, Katniss."—The Cleveland Plain Dealer
“It has the dark, swoopy adrenaline of The Hunger Games, but the elegiac tone of The Road. Who cares what shelf you find it on? Just read it.”—EW.com
 "A modern sci-fi masterpiece . . . should do for aliens what Twilight did for vampires."—USAToday.com
After reading the first few chapters I called my family together and put together a plan in case of  an alien invasion here. (I am not kidding.) I lived the book during all my waking hours and I'm pretty sure that my dreams were tainted by aliens, too. To say that I was freaked out would be an understatement. I listened to the audiobook of The 5th Wave. The narrators, Brandon Espinoza and Phoebe Strohl, must have needed oxygen between their reading sessions. They read the book at such a breakneck speed, building the tension with every new chapter.

Within months of the alien mothership arriving above our planet over 7 billion individuals are dead, yet no one has even seen a single alien. It's pretty hard to fight an enemy you can't see.
  • The 1st Wave: an electromagnetic pulse that rendered all machines inoperable.
  • The 2nd Wave: a tsunami that wiped out all coastal areas
  • The 3rd Wave: the red death, similar to Ebola, spread by birds.
  • The 4th Wave: humans implanted by aliens are shooting and killing other humans
  • The 5th Wave: you will have to read the book to find out.
We included The 5th Wave on our Mock Printz list of books. Even though the book is popular it is also well-crafted. Could it also be an award winner? We'll see in January.

In the meantime, I challenge you to read The 5th Wave and let me know what you think.


  1. Way to make me want to read something in such a short review! Thank you for sharing:)
    Esty @ Boarding with Books

  2. I got about two pages in, where our main character is hiding under a car, and I realized that this book was far, far too scary for me and I put it down.

    1. I'm not sure if it is as scary as it is unsettling. "What if...?" When I said we made an alien-invasion family plan, I wasn't kidding.

  3. OH, boy, now another book that I feel like I must read. :) It sounds intriguing. You write a dangerous blog, Anne.

  4. I finished this one today and really enjoyed it! Can't wait for the second in the series though I am a little bit disappointed that it is a series. It feel like every book nowadays is a series :/

    1. I agree about too many books stringing us along with series but teens really seem to like to read books that have sequels. I think the 5th Wave is fine at it's conclusion. I may not read on.


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