[The 5th Wave] (By: Rick Yancey) [published: July, 2013]

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Grades 9 - 12Grades 3 - 5n/a4.6116991
"Remarkable, not-to-be-missed-under-any-circumstances."β€”Entertainment Weekly (Grade A)

The Passage meets Ender's Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey.

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it's the dawn of the 5th 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. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother--or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

"Wildly entertaining . . . I couldn't turn the pages fast enough."β€”Justin Cronin, The New York Times Book Review

"A modern sci-fi masterpiece . . . should do for aliens what Twilight did for vampires."β€”USAToday.com
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published on May 7, 2013 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0399162410
ISBN-13: 9780399162411
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  • jsuper_0727Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 8:24 am
    The 5th Wave first book in a 3 book series by Rick Yancey. Cassie and her family, were living there normal life in Los Angeles in modern times when the aliens came. Cassie, her family, and the entire human race are the protagonists. The aliens are the antagonists and they want to wipe out mankind so they decimated the human race in a series of coordinated attacks call waves. The first wave wiped out all communications, engines, anything that relies on electricity. the second was an earthquake that shook the entire planet. The third wave was a disease that the death toll rivaled the black plague. The fourth wave was a gigantic rod that did not neutralize, did not destroy but obliterated all major cities to their foundations. By the the fifth wave the Aliens were among the humans. They could disguise themselves to look like human beings and they could carry out killings without anyone knowing. By then 97% of the human population was gone and among the 3% was Cassie. Things get worse as another conflict sets in because the aliens captured her brother. The turning point was when Cassie and her family meets this boy who knows a lot about the aliens their strengths and more importantly their weaknesses. Will the human race bounce back from the Aliens’ rampage or will the last of mankind vanish? Read the Fifth Wave to find out. I would recommend this book to middle and high school readers who like science fiction books with lots of action.
    • demosthenes
      demosthenesSaturday, November 19, 2016 at 7:10 pm55 stars
      YASS! this book is so good...though i haven't seen the movie yet...
      • RyanThursday, November 17, 2016 at 10:55 am
        This book is so awesome and fun to read
        • ajawesomegirl
          ajawesomegirlThursday, November 17, 2016 at 10:19 am
          Sounds like a good Book
          • Pinkspark1200Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 5:32 pm
            I love the movie and I want to read the books to.πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜„β˜€οΈπŸ˜‰βœ‹πŸ»πŸ‘½
            • wow257
              wow257Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 4:37 am22 stars
              I'm not quite sure what this book was entirely about. The author flashes back between past & present, and mixes up perspectives until I am thoroughly lost...
              • personWednesday, June 1, 2016 at 10:45 am
                my brother loves it!
                • queen_bossy06
                  queen_bossy06Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 8:47 am
                  i watch the movie like 10 times. but i want to read the book because it looks like a wonderful and a good book to read. i want to read it soooooo bad
                  • joFriday, May 20, 2016 at 8:52 am
                    it looks awesome
                    • 3mileyface21
                      3mileyface21Friday, May 20, 2016 at 7:05 am55 stars
                      read it!