The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1) by Rick Yancey
Audio Rating: 5 stars
Story Rating: 4 stars
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.
Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother-or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.
Review: I know that I’ve said that I don’t really care for Audiobooks but this one has totally changed my mind. In fact, I think everyone should record their books just like this one. What made this one so different? They used a cast of characters rather than one person doing a bunch of voices. No, each character wasn’t a different reader but there were enough people involved that you felt like you were listening to a complete cast.
This is a very different genre than I’m used to reading. That’s why I was surprised that I really enjoyed the story. I kind of felt like it belonged in a collection with Stephenie Meyers’ The Host. In this book, the aliens don’t come down and start blowing everything up, like in War of the Worlds or Independence Day. They are a lot sneakier than that and it takes the human race a long time to figure out what’s going on.
Rick Yancy did a great job at making me feel like I was in the story and I enjoyed every minute of it.
There is a little bit of language but I don’t think it’s even near what kids hear in school so I would say this one’s ok for teens and adults.
I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed The Host or who likes Sci-fi.