The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave

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Remarkable, not-to-be-missed-under-any-circumstances.--Entertainment Weekly (Grade A)

The Passage meets Ender's Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey.

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.

Wildly entertaining . . . I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.--Justin Cronin, The New York Times Book Review

A modern sci-fi masterpiece . . . should do for aliens what Twilight did for
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 159 x 236 x 39mm | 680g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0399162410
  • 9780399162411
  • 37,598

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A New York Times bestseller
A USA Today bestseller

Winner of the 2014 Red House Children's Book Award
2014 Children's Choice Book Awards Finalist for Teen Book of the Year
A YALSA 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults
A YALSA 2014 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers
A Booklist 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults
A VOYA 2013 Perfect Ten
An Amazon Best Book of the Year

Remarkable, not-to-be-missed-under-any-circumstances.
--Entertainment Weekly

"It has the dark, swoopy adrenaline of The Hunger Games, but the elegiac tone of The Road. Who cares what shelf you find it on? Just read it."

"Makes for an exhilarating reading experience."

"Wildly entertaining.... I couldn't turn the pages fast enough."
--Justin Cronin, The New York Times Book Review

A modern sci-fi masterpiece... should do for aliens what Twilight did for vampires.

Step aside, Katniss.
--The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Action-packed intrigue.

--Publishers Weekly, *starred review*

*Nothing short of amazing!
--Kirkus Reviews, *starred review*

*Yancey's heartfelt, violent, paranoid epic, filled with big heroics and bigger surprises, is part War of the Worlds, part Starship Troopers, part Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and part The Stand . . . a sure thing for reviewers and readers alike.
--Booklist *starred review*

This is DAMN and WOW territory. Quite simply, one of the best books I've read in years.
--Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author

Breathtakingly fast-paced and original, The 5th Wave is a reading tsunami that grabs hold and won't let go. A postapocalyptic alien invasion story with a smart, vulnerable heroine.
--Melissa De La Cruz, New York Times bestselling author of the Blue Bloods series

A fantastic read. The 5th Wave is an electrifying page-turner.
--Kathy Reichs, New York Times bestselling author

Prepare to set everything else aside when you launch into this one. The break-neck pace and high stakes will draw you in, but it's the characters who will keep you turning pages. It's been a long time since I've read a story this compelling.
--Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times bestselling author

Other awards for Rick Yancey:

The Monstrumologist Series: Printz Honor Book, YALSA Readers' Choice List - Best Book for Young Adults, Kirkus' Best Teen Books, Booklist Editors' Choice for Youth, Los Angeles Times Book Award Finalist--Best Young Adult Literature, Tayshas Reading List (Texas Library Association), NCTE's Walden Book Award Finalist, Garden State Teen Book Award Nominee, Teen Choice Book of the Year Nominee, Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Readers Choice Award Nominee
The Alfred Kropp Series A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, A Book Sense Pick Best Books of the Year, A BookBrowse Recommendation, A Texas Lone Star Reading List Selection, A Sunshine State Readers List Selection, Featured Author/Book - Scholastic Book Fairs, Nominated for the Carnegie Medal (U.K.), Nominee for the Grand Canyon Reader Award
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About Rick Yancey

Rick Yancey ( is the author of the New York Times bestseller The 5th Wave, The Infinite Sea, several adult novels, and the memoir Confessions of a Tax Collector. His first young-adult novel, The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, was a finalist for the Carnegie Medal. In 2010, his novel, The Monstrumologist, received a Michael L. Printz Honor, and the sequel, The Curse of the Wendigo, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. When he isn't writing or thinking about writing or traveling the country talking about writing, Rick is hanging out with his family.
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Rating details

430,182 ratings
4.02 out of 5 stars
5 39% (168,048)
4 34% (147,842)
3 19% (79,755)
2 6% (23,779)
1 3% (10,758)

Our customer reviews

This. Book. Rocked. Like, seriously. The 5th Wave is all about the end of the world—alien style. But there’s no little green men in space suits, no shiny flying saucers with laser beams, no “Take me to your leader.” This is not Area 51, people. It’s much worse. Cassie lives in a world where the only person you can trust is yourself. She has survived the first four waves of the invasion (whether by good luck or incredibly bad, she can’t decide), and she’s on a mission to keep the most important promise she’s ever made. She’s smart, resourceful, and she does what she has to do to survive: shoot first and get emotional about it later. Because you see, The Others, they look just like us and Cassie’s not entirely sure that there are any humans left other than herself. I have to give props to Yancey because this book kept me guessing, and that doesn’t happen all that often. I’m all like: Who’s an alien? Who’s not an alien? Wait, I thought that guy was an alien. He is. He’s not. I don’t know. Ok, I know that guys is, so why is he doing that? Hold up, why do they want those? What are they going to do with them? What’s that thing do? Wait, what just happened? What’s the 5th Wave? Holy crap! That’s the 5th Wave?! How sneaky and utterly evil! Aliens suck, I hope humanity kicks some serious arse! Man, I can’t wait for the next book to come out! In the interest of not giving anything away, I’m going to quit while I’m ahead. I’m also going to emphasize how much I liked this book: A LOT. Tons. Thiiiiiiiiiiis Much. And, just for good measure, I’m going to throw in one of my favorite quotes, because if anything will make you want to read The 5th Wave, it’s this quote :). Happy reading! “I still could be the last human being on Earth. I might be—no, I probably am—doomed. But if I’m it, the last of my kind, the last page of human history, like hell I’m going to let the story end this way. I may be the last one, but I am the one still standing. I am the one turning to face the faceless hunter in the woods on an abandoned highway. I am the one not running, not staying, but facing. Because if I am the last one, then I am humanity. And if this is humanity’s last war, then I am the battlefield.”show more
by Diana
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Penguin Books (UK) and Netgalley.) When the aliens arrived, they didn't respond to messages, their ship just hovered out in space, and Cassie chose to ignore them. Then came the EMP, and it was lights out. Then the aliens caused giant Tsunami's, and then a plague spread by birds. 98% of the world's human population dead. 16-year-old Cassie was lucky in that both her father and brother survived the first 3 waves, but now she's alone, and she's got one clear objective in her head - save her little brother from the aliens that took him from her. Can Cassie ever hope to save her little brother? Who is the silent assassin who is stalking her? And is this really the end for humanity? This was an interesting dystopian, with a sci-fi element, but I expected more. We started off following Cassie, and I liked her. She was fairly feisty and determined, and she gave her all for her family. Then we switch to some kid calling himself Zombie, which was pretty confusing. I didn't like Zombie as much, his depression and withdrawal from society made him difficult to really get a feel for. The story then jumped back and forth between Cassie and Zombie, and every time it happened I had trouble working out who I was now following (maybe this is cleared up with some editing in the final version?), this could be easily solved. Anyway, I liked the bits with Cassie, she was fighting for her survival, and trying to do the best by her family in a really stinky situation, but she never gave up hope. The bits with Zombie on the other hand got old quick. There was stuff about training - military training, stuff about micro-chips inserted into people, missions etc. and unfortunately I got bored of this really quick. I got so bored in fact that I put this book down to read two others whilst trying to get through it. I mean, I'm a big fan of dystopians, this one just bored me in places, which was a really shame after such a promising start. Maybe the hype spoilt this for me, I don't know, but I just didn't like this one as much as I expected. There was a bit of romance in this one quite strangely, although I did get a real déjà vu vibe at one point that reminded me very strongly of a similar plotline in 'The Host'. I can't say that I was that big a fan of the romance in this one though, it didn't excite me, and if anything I was a little wary of trusting anyone in this dystopian world. I thought the plot was okay, and some of the ideas were quite clever, but the slower and more boring parts just dragged so much that they kinda ruined it for me. I have read quite a lot of dystopians, and this one for me was pretty average. One annoying thing that I have just suddenly realised though, is that the aliens don't have bodies, they only have consciousness - they take over bodies (a bit like in 'The Host' only they don't even have that much physicality.) anyway, if they're planning on killing all the humans so they can have the planet to themselves, what are they going to live in? Are they going to use cockroach bodies or something? I mean realistically, if they kill all the humans, won't they have nothing to inhabit? And if they only have consciousness and no bodies, surely they don't need food, water etc. so what's the point? I'm puzzled by this. Overall; an interesting sci-fi/dystopian, but I expected more. 6.5 out of more
by Sarah Elizabeth
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