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The 5th Wave

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Yancey, R. (2013). The 5th wave. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons.


The 5th Wave, written by Rick Yancey, is a great novel for students who are interested in science fiction, mystery, and romance. Cassie, and the rest of the world, have been struggling through the first five waves of an invasion. 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 saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death.

Commentary and Text Connections:

The 5th Wave is a young adult, science fiction novel. In The 5th Wave, Rick Yancey imagines a silent invasion that takes extraterrestrial intelligence to a whole new level. Alternating points of view peel back each new layer of the novel while death, separation, and love, push his diverse characters to survive in a terrifying new world. As a storyteller, Yancey is as cunning as his aliens, weaving the characters’ lives together in unexpected ways. Critics have compared the post-apocalyptic, young-adult fiction book favorably to The Hunger Games and The Road.


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