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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Speak; Reissue edition (Feb. 10 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142425834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142425831
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 5.9 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 762 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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New York Times bestseller
USA Today bestseller
Winner of the 2014 Red House Children's Book Award 
2014 Children’s Choice Book Awards Finalist for Teen Book of the Year
A YALSA 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults
A YALSA 2014 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers
Booklist 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults
VOYA 2013 Perfect Ten
An Amazon Best Book of the Year

"Remarkable, not-to-be-missed-under-any-circumstances."
Entertainment Weekly

“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.”

“Makes for an exhilarating reading experience.”

“Wildly entertaining.... I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.”
—Justin Cronin, The New York Times Book Review

"A modern sci-fi masterpiece... should do for aliens what Twilight did for vampires."

"Step aside, Katniss."
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Action-packed intrigue."

Publishers Weekly, *starred review*

*"Nothing short of amazing!"
Kirkus Reviews, *starred review*

*"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*

"This is DAMN and WOW territory.  Quite simply, one of the best books I've read in years."
—Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author

"Breathtakingly fast-paced and original, The 5th Wave is a reading tsunami that grabs hold and won't let go.  A postapocalyptic alien invasion story with a smart, vulnerable heroine."
—Melissa De La Cruz, New York Times bestselling author of the Blue Bloods series

"A fantastic read. The 5th Wave is an electrifying page-turner."
Kathy Reichs, New York Times bestselling author

"Prepare to set everything else aside when you launch into this one. The break-neck pace and high stakes will draw you in, but it's the characters who will keep you turning pages. It's been a long time since I've read a story this compelling."
Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times bestselling author

Other awards for Rick Yancey:

The Monstrumologist Series: Printz Honor Book, YALSA Readers’ Choice List – Best Book for Young Adults, Kirkus’ Best Teen Books, Booklist Editors’ Choice for Youth, Los Angeles Times Book Award Finalist—Best Young Adult Literature, Tayshas Reading List (Texas Library Association), NCTE’s Walden Book Award Finalist, Garden State Teen Book Award Nominee, Teen Choice Book of the Year Nominee, Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Readers Choice Award Nominee
The Alfred Kropp SeriesA Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, A Book Sense Pick Best Books of the Year, A BookBrowse Recommendation, A Texas Lone Star Reading List Selection, A Sunshine State Readers List Selection, Featured Author/Book - Scholastic Book Fairs , Nominated for the Carnegie Medal (U.K.), Nominee for the Grand Canyon Reader Award

About the Author

Rick Yancey (www.rickyancey.com) is the author of the New York Times bestseller The 5th Wave, The Infinite Sea, several adult novels, and the memoir Confessions of a Tax Collector. His first young-adult novel, The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, was a finalist for the Carnegie Medal. In 2010, his novel, The Monstrumologist, received a Michael L. Printz Honor, and the sequel, The Curse of the Wendigo, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. When he isn't writing or thinking about writing or traveling the country talking about writing, Rick is hanging out with his family.

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A student in the grade 11 English class I teach recommended this book. I took it up and could not put it down. The hunger games was good but this is way way better. There is more complexity and in hindsight I think katniss annoyed me at a deep level. This book is excellent. I can't wait to read the sequel.
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As many will know, this book has had major hype surrounding it- perchance the most hype that the world of young adult literature has experienced in years. While in the large majority of cases I do believe that hyped up books deserve all of the hype surrounding them, I must admit that I didn't believe that that to be the case for this book. While overall I did really enjoy it, I can't think of a single reason why this book stands out more than any other YA book of this nature out there.

While I hate making book comparisons with best-sellers, I do find the following titles to be the most apt description- this book is "The Hunger Games" meets "The Host". Like Katniss, Cassie goes out of her way to protect her brother at all costs- even if means sacrificing herself, she's quick on the draw, and she has a difficult time trusting people. Like "The Host", this book makes us question what makes humans human and whether others are capable of humanity. Furthermore, like "The Host", the aliens implant themselves within humans and have a similar make-up.

I think that my largest complaints about this book was the pacing of the book- I personally found the first 100 pages to be a draaaaag- almost entirely composed of world-building/ back story. There were a number of times when I thought that the characters were dragging their feet/ not realizing the severity of the situation that they were in/ the action-packed moments never really felt as such. If upwards of a 100 pages of this book were shaved off I think that I would have enjoyed it more so.
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I really enjoyed this one. I love alien encounter books and this one was up there as one of the best ones I've read. There were some cheesy elements (i.e. the whole healing montage for Cassie) and it was Very Predictable™, but I found that it didn't take away from my enjoyment of it. Actually, if anything, it added to it.

I liked the characters, especially Cassie. I thought she had the right kind of inner turmoil about what to do and where to be as I would have in this situation. I think she was very relatable and felt really real. She wanted to save her brother (typically YA thing) but she really just wanted some semblance of normal in her life. It's why she carried around the teddy bear. Everything Cassie did was about survival. AND!! She talked about brushing her teeth and tampons! I was actually really excited by this tbh.

And I get the whole eye roll over her staying with Evan and calling him sexy every ten seconds, but any time I read about that in reviews, it was never prefaced by the fact that SHE HAD BEEN SHOT IN THE KNEE. Like what did you want her to do? She couldn't walk, she couldn't kill him, nothing. The best she could do was lay there and do her best to survive with him. And yeah, she overlooked some of the signs, but fudge, I would have too. Don't try and tell me that you wouldn't cast away your suspicious for someone based on a nice smile and a hot face. Because then you're a liar. Cassie was determined, bada**, and took matters into her own hands in order to do what she needed to survive.

As I said, the plot was very predictable, but it was still leaving me on the edge of my seat. I was furiously reading this one so I could find out what happened next.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This was by far one of the worst books that I've ever read. The characters were completely flat and one dimensional, I found myself not caring anything about any of them, no emotional attachment whatsoever. The plot seemed interesting at first, but quickly got boring. But the worst part by far was the characters; they were awful. The protagonist turned into a vain, rude, shallow idiot who spends all day fantasizing about a guy. There were moments where I actually cringed, that's how bad the writing was. I really don't get how this got so many good reviews. This is the first time ever that I'm returning a book back to the store.
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Format: Hardcover
Ugh! I really, really want to love this book (I know the rest of the world does), but I can't. Well there were parts that had me on the edge of my seat, there was also a lot of parts were I really had to push myself through reading. The concept is cool (it's like a more brutal version of The Host) and I really enjoyed the main character, Cassie. The problem is the whole book isn't from her POV and when it wasn't, it really slowed down (so like the whole middle of the book). There was also some things I didn't agree with, so that makes it hard to read. I ended up giving it a 3*. And will definitely pick up the next book as I feel there will be more action and I do want to know what happens.
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