The 5th Wave


Yancey, R. (2013). The 5th wave. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons. ISBN: 9780399162411. Hardcover: $18.99. Also available in paperback, e-book, and audiobook format.

Winner of the 2014 Red House Children’s Book Award. A YASLA 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults and Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers book.

When the Others showed up, we were optimistic. Maybe they wanted to coexist. Then humans started dying by the billions. Now it’s a race to survive, never knowing when The 5th Wave will hit or how devastating it will be.

What can be done to preserve humanity when most of the humans are gone? After the mothership showed up, the 1st wave knocked out everything electric, causing plane crashes, car collisions, and other disasters. The 2nd wave was a global tsunami that took out all the coastal populations. The 3rd wave was a virus carried by birds that resulted in a bloody death for all but the few hundred thousand with lucky immunity. Now those who remain face the 4th wave: drones patrolling the sky and shooting on sight.

Cassie Sullivan got lucky. Not only did she make it through the first waves, but her brother and father survived as well. When circumstances tear them apart, 16 year old Cassie must fight for survival, try to bring her family back together, and cling to the hope that humanity will endure. Meanwhile, the Others are preparing a 5th wave to rival all others – one that might break the spirits of the survivors once and for all. Who can Cassie trust when the enemy is hiding in plain sight?

This book was also recently made into a movie. I haven’t seen it yet, so I can’t say how accurate it is, but here’s the trailer!

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