The 5th Wave: The First Book of the 5th Wave Series Paperback – Feb 10 2015
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A New York Times bestseller
A 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
A Booklist 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults
A VOYA 2013 Perfect Ten
An Amazon Best Book of the Year
“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
—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 Series: A 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.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
I'm a stay-at-home mom with a house to keep clean (yeah right), errands to run (yeah right) and children to feed (ok) and pay attention to (yeah right). Needless to say, I didn't get a whole heck of a lot done in the last 72 hours. Oh, except read a book!!
This is the kind of book that, as a mother of young children, I get way too emotionally involved with. "What would I do if...?" "And my kids??" I shudder with horror and it's almost enough to make me want to throw the book in the garbage, oops, I mean recycling bin. Almost. So instead, I allowed myself to be sucked into this horrific world where aliens are attempting to annihilate the human race. And doing a freakishly good job of it.
Fast-paced, funny, mysterious (for the most part), entertaining, and heart-wrenching. These are the words that sum up my experience with "The 5th Wave". I loved all the characters. Loved the communal emotional roller coaster to which each of the main characters owes their personal development. Loved the POV changes. Such a great read! I highly recommend this one!
The 5th Wave reads like a great introductory book to science fiction and apocalyptic tales, because it's set in a world so very similar to ours just with an alien invasion taking place. But surprisingly, I didn't feel like that was the entire focus of the story which made it an even greater novel.
Reasons to Read:
1. A fresh take on aliens and the end of the world:
I typically enjoy reading stories in an apocalyptic setting, and I'm always intrigued by aliens because they always freak me out a little bit. I loved that Rick's aliens aren't your standard martian fare. They're eerie and disturbing, but also seem very plausible. It really struck me how real this story felt, which lends to its horrifying nature. And I appreciate that he used aliens to bring about the end of the world in The 5th Wave, because I love zombies and natural disasters but it's nice to read something different too.
2. A heartbreaking story of survival:
Cassie is kinda like a more cynical, sarcastic Katniss. It's a fair comparison. I loved her sense of humour, which stood out even at the worst of times, and you could really tell how much heart and inner strength she has from her story. But her life is filled with so much tragedy and such difficult challenges, I can't even imagine being in her place. It really helped me connect with the book though, and I think reflected some of the more thoughtful aspects of the book.
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Just an overall good YA dystopian book. Evan's character was a bit too Edward Cullen for my liking but I still liked him. Can't wait to start book 2!!Published 2 months ago by Stephanie Burton
I LOVE this book. One of my all time favorites. Great price, free shipping. The book came in perfect condition, I love the material they used for the cover; so smooth. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Andrea
The idea of "them in us" and "us in them" is very intriguing. I am looking forward to the next book.Published 4 months ago by Richard Danielson
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. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
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... Read morePublished 5 months ago by A.G.
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. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jamie @ Books and Ladders
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