After hundreds of friends on The YA Gal Facebook Page recommended that I read The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, I had high hopes for this book–and was not disappointed. What I especially loved were all of the plot tricks Yancey employed. You think you know what’s happening, then you don’t. You think you have things figured out, but really you don’t have a clue. The 5th Wave is as much of a psychological thriller as it is a sci-fi novel.
The hook is that aliens called “The Others” have invaded earth and an average teenage girl named Cassie is alone, fighting to survive. She desperately wants to rescue her little brother, but that mission seems impossible. It’s hard to say much more without giving away major spoilers. But I will add that loved Cassie because she was so full of moxy. Her “voice” really kept the book moving throughout all of her point of view chapters. I was less entranced by Ben’s chapters, but that’s just my own personal opinion. I can’t wait for the movie!
P.S. Right now Penguin is offering a free chapter sample that you can download from Amazon: