The 5th Wave
By Rick Yancey
New York: Penguin, 2013.
Grades 8 and Up
Okay, I have to admit I am not a big fan of “aliens,” but this book was captivating—just like Hunger Games was when I read it years ago. It is a dystopian novel about “aliens” coming to the Earth and sending ‘waves’ of destruction to rid the land of all humans. First goes everything that is powered by electricity or battery—it kills about a million people. The second wave is a giant slab that is dropped from space onto a fault line that triggers tsunamis and over 3 billion people die. The third wave was particularly disgusting—it was a bird virus that caused people to bleed until they died. Not many people left to see the fourth wave where sleeper cells of “aliens” woke up in their human bodies to finish off the rest of humankind.
Cassie is one of the lucky survivors (perhaps surviving is unlucky) who lived to see her mom die, her brother carted off with bus load of kids and then her father and confidant killed–killed at the hands of “one of them”. Cassie lives by what her father told her before he died—trust no one, the evil ones look and act just like us. So Cassie is in search of her little five year old brother Sammie who she promised she would keep safe. But then in rolls the 5th wave—something almost unimaginable.
Check out this great YA novel this is sure to be a huge hit for an audience who is looking for the next “read-a-like” to the Hunger Games series. One more added bonus, the setting is Cincinnati, Dayton and Wright Patterson Airbase.