It’s The Host meets Ender’s Game in this YA sci-fi

Title: 5th Wave
Author: Rick Yancey
ISBN-10: 0399162410
ISBN-13: 978-0399162411
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Price: $18.99 hardcopy, $9.78 ebook

Publisher’s Summary: 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.

My Take: This book hooked me from the very beginning. The main character, Cassie, has a very unique and strong voice, and the way the Yancey married together the backstory of the alien invasion with Cassie’s current situation was nothing short of interesting.

The story reminded me strongly of a mash-up of Stephenie Meyer’s “The Host” and Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game” (which I despised); but Yancey created a version I actually liked. “5th Wave” is full of action, fighting, on-the-edge-of-your-seat drama, a little bit of romance (that could’ve been built up to give the reader a bit more anticipation), and a whole lot of violence. Which is why I warn the parent or sensitive reader, this book deals with a bit of a heavy concept with children being made into lethal soldiers and a lot of death. So don’t think that reading this book will turn out to be something light.

The ending is a bit of a cliff-hanger, but still a pretty good self-contained story.

My Rating: This book only took me about four days to finish, as long as your aren’t sensitive to violence or aliens, it’s a must read.

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