Friday, April 26, 2013

Book review and giveaway- The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey


It's YA Friday! Welcome to The 5th Wave, a new YA thriller by Rick Yancy. Published by Putnam, it will release on May. 7, 2013. I am giving away my Advanced Reading Copy. Fill out the rafflecopter form to enter. If you don’t see it click, read more.

The Story- 
Aliens invaded earth years ago. Not with spaceships, but by implanting themselves into mother’s wombs. When those intelligences matured, they turned, and the 1st wave began.

 EMP’s wiped out the world’s power grid. Those lucky enough to survive thought the worst was over. They were wrong. Next came massive flooding and then plaque. Now only a few humans remain to fight against the 4th wave, the silencers, killers that hunt you down.

Cassie lives deep in the woods with her father and little brother Sammy. One day a group of military men arrive and say they are taking children away and hiding them in a safe spot. Sammy is chosen to go, but Cassie is too old. As she watches her brother leave, she swears she will join him. But, things get worse when her entire camp, including her father, is killed.

 Now Cassie is on her own, and the only thing that keeps her going is finding her brother. She must travel across the country, evading the silencers and searching for a top secret camp.

My Thoughts-
A very well planned out book. I like how the author has the humans actually be the aliens themselves. Honestly, that is the must ingenious thing about the book. The aliens themselves weren’t corporal. There is no real way to tell them apart because they were implanted into embryos and grew up not knowing they weren’t human. When they turn, it becomes an us or them situation, even though they remember their childhoods.  The alien’s one goal is to wipe out all humans.

Cassie’s story is not the only focus of the book. As she travels, she is tracked by a silencer. In fact, she is pinned down an injured. It is at this point that we meet Evan Walker. He saves her life and a romantic interest develops. Then, we also have Sammy’s story. He is taken to a soldier training camp and teamed up with an old high school friend of Cassie’s, Ben Parrish. The story takes on a whole new perspective as we learn about their soldier training and the facility where they are kept.

Eventually, the stories converge and we reach the climax. There is a great action packed rescue attempt full of tension. The story reveals the 5th Wave of the alien attack, which I can’t tell you because it is part of the plot, but it brilliant.
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End of the world and aliens. Teens will love this book.


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34 comments:

  1. One of my favorite end of the world style books is Lilfe As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer.

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  2. Ooh, that would be Angelfall by Susan Ee. :)

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    1. I haven't read that one. I'll check it out.

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  3. One of my favorite end of the world books is The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe.

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    1. That's a good one. I liked it better than the sequel.

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  4. Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. Love those too. Can't wait for the 4th one.

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  5. Sounds interesting. I'll have to add it to my wishlist in case I don't win!

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  6. Gonna have to go with Stephen King's The Stand. Childhood favorite!

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  7. Life as We Knew It. Very realistic book. :)

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  8. I would say Divergent!! It would be kind of rough and scary to live like they do... thanks for the giveaway!!

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  9. Can't wait to read this! I'm not sure I have a favorite end of the world type book. Under the Never Sky is an amazing book. That's the first one to pop in my mind. :)

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  10. I loved Partials by Dan Wells. :)
    Thanks for the giveaway and Great review!

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  11. After this review I´m definitely checking out this book. Sounds amazing.

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  12. I think I'll with Angelfall by Susan Ee! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  13. My faveorite end of the world books, well I don't really know really but I do like books that come after like Eve and Delirium!

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  14. I am going to say This is Not a Test, The Stand and Partials! Thanks for the opportunity to win! I can't wait to read this one!

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  15. Angelfall and Blood Red Road. Thanks! Excited to read this!

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  16. Blood Red Road, Living Hell and Ender's Game!
    Mary G Loki

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  17. Mary DeBorde (M.A.D.)

    I really loved The Passage by Justin Cronin, and
    The Road by Cormac McCarthy (which was extremely powerful and poignant). Thank you for the great giveaway <3

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  18. Thank you for the giveaway! And I love the Life As We Knew It series (there's a new one coming in August!).

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  19. I'm so excited about reading this book!
    I loved Wool by Hugh Howey

    Also loved the Gone series by Michael Grant

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  20. The first book which came to mind was "On The Beach" which I read in high book. That book still packs a powerful punch with me. :) I am excited about The 5th Wave after reading about it in Entertainment Weekly. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.@

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    1. Is that the movie where Australia is the last place living after a nuclear war? Somehow your comment appeared 4 times, so I removed the duplicates.

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  24. It was Blood Red Road.!! :D It was awesome! :)

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  25. Avatar: So This Is How It Ends by Tui T. Sutherland

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  26. Wow, those are some good ones. Several I haven't heard of and will have to go look up.

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