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Friday, February 12, 2016

The 5th Wave - Rick Yancey

First all of the electricity went out, next the coasts were destroyed, after that came the plague, and finally the "others" came to eradicate man. The apocalypse is upon them and there is certain to be another wave of death to follow. Cassie, Cassiopeia, and her family are some of the lucky few to survive and join one of the camps near their hometown. When the military comes to save them, they think all will be well at first, until they're told only the children can come. After disaster strikes, Cassie is determined to save her brother from the interlopers.

If she's lucky, maybe she'll find a little help along her way from people she least expects.

The story is told by three different characters: Cassie, Zombie, and Sammy, Cassie's younger brother. Since we are thrown into the thick of Cassie's mission to save her brother and we only get to know the boy crazy teenage girl through flashbacks, we do not get to see Cassie's transformation to survivor. What we do know is that she had some training in karate, is a good shot with guns, and seems to have a decent idea of how to stay alive. Zombie is not his real name, of course, but it is the name he is given during training to stop the alien invasion. The first two characters speak from a first person point of view. There are only a handful of chapters told by Sammy in the third person limited, which I feel were unnecessary; although, I do understand why the author decided to throw them in to help tie things together at the end.

It was an okay read. Nothing stuck out as particularly good or bad to speak of, but it wasn't compelling enough for me to continue the series.

Similar Reads:
Life as We Knew It - Susan Beth Pfeffer
The Forest of Hands and Teeth - Carrie Ryan

Recommended Movies:
The Live
Invasion of the Body Snatchers

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