Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Book Review: The 5th Wave

Cassie Sullivan is living a quiet life with her family, with the normal concerns of a teenage girl,   when an alien ship is spotted within our solar system.  Are they friendly?  Will they attack?  For days, nothing happens.  Then suddenly, all electricity is knocked out throughout the world.  Days later, tsunamis take out the coasts.  Next, sickness kills a large percentage of the population.  In the fourth wave, aliens systematically hunt the remaining humans.  But the worst is yet to come in...the fifth wave.  How will Cassie survive?  How will she know who to trust?  And how can she save not only what remains of her family, but possibly the remainder of her own humanity?

The 5th Wave, by Rick Yancey, is an action-packed science fiction novel that asks the question, “What if an alien invasion isn’t the full-out attack we think it will be?”  The characters are likable and realistic, and the plot keeps you guessing until the end.  Readers who enjoy end-of-the world type novels like Life as We Knew It or Ashfall, or alien invasion books such as The Host or Ender's Game, will love The 5th Wave.