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A spaceship arrives at earth and hovers overhead—waiting. Everyone, including Cassie Sullivan, couldn’t possibly know what for but are speculating just the same. When the first wave hits, a complete disruption of all things mechanical, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that what they’re here for her isn’t good for the human population. Complete darkness takes over the entire planet, cars and cellphones are kaput, and even planes fall out of the sky. Then the second wave, a huge natural disaster in the form of tsunamis caused by ‘The Others’ to take out 40 percent of the population. And then the third wave hits, a virus that plagues the entire world taking out damn near everybody. The last of the survivors are meant to join the war or fight alone as the 4th wave, The Silencers, take out the remaining humans one by one.
Cassie is 16 when the ship arrives, and she survives all four waves. That is until a silencer hits her out of nowhere and she almost bleeds to death underneath a Buick. She is saved by Evan, a farm boy with soft hands and she tells him she must save her little brother Sammy, who has been taken to a camp for surviving children.
Sammy is given a squad to join when he arrives at the camp to begin training, where he meets Zombie, formerly known as Ben Parish. Zombie just happens to be Cassie’s old high school crush, when high school still existed, and when he is thrown out to battle he finds out that everything is not as it seems. His new mission becomes the same as Cassie’s: Save Sammy, who he now knows as Nugget. Zombie doesn’t know he’s Cassie’s Sammy, because he never noticed her in school, but he knows that no matter what he does, he won’t let Sammy die the way he did with his little sister.
The 5th Wave is an excellent read with epic twists after every turn of the page. Split between narrations of Cassie and Ben, the reader gets to go on two journeys at once, both with the same mission. I found myself enthralled with Yancey’s excellent story telling abilities and his way of painting a picture exactly as it would appear to be. The characters become so relatable that you yourself wonder if you were in that position, how would you have handled the waves. And if you survived them all, like Cassie and Ben, would there be anyone left for you to save? No one can be trusted in the post-apocolyptic tale but each and ever character has this way of making a space for themselves in your mind, good or bad. I read the book over the course of three days because I could not put it down, and when I finally arrived at the end I wanted more. I’m just glad this is a series and not a lone novel.
Lots of love,