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The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  328,794 Ratings  ·  28,217 Reviews
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 scatter
Hardcover, 457 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Michael Blaser I think this diffrent pov make the book even more exciting, sure at the beginning it was confusing, but after a while it was interesting to figure out…moreI think this diffrent pov make the book even more exciting, sure at the beginning it was confusing, but after a while it was interesting to figure out who was talking(less)
Deanna Pina You should read the first couple chapters and find out. I have noticed people either can't put it down after the first section or they put it down…moreYou should read the first couple chapters and find out. I have noticed people either can't put it down after the first section or they put it down forever. I love it, personally, but if you end up not loving it that is okay! Taste is what makes people unique.(less)

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Apr 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: no-just-no
"...bastardized sci-fi for the Twilight crowd..."

Well this is awkward. Everything about The 5th Wave - an award winning male young adult author, a high octane alien invasion plot, the comparisons to Ender’s Game and The Passage - made it seem like it’d exactly my kind of book. But now that I’ve finished, I’m just so pissed with the whole thing I have nothing nice to say and really just want to punch something, and in fact, I dislike The 5th Wave so much I’ve somehow written not one but three ang
Emily May
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
“If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn't turn out very well for the Native Americans.” - Stephen Hawking

Sometimes, I am lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC of a book and go into it with as close to no expectations as possible. I haven't read any reviews before, so the first experience is entirely my own, as I find it.

And sometimes I love these books. Sometimes I give them 4 or 5 star reviews, rated purely b
Kat Kennedy
Attention Mister Rick Yancey,

I have kidnapped your review. Your review is not harmed and shall be released as soon as you meet my demands.

In exchange for giving you back your review, which I am prepared to do, you will first need to provide for me:

1 copy of The 5th Wave #2 – undamaged, complete, unmarked (except for your signature or a stylized message to me).

This copy of The 5th Wave #2 must also contain certain characters unharmed and ready for me to snuggle them in my imagination.

Characters i
Wendy Darling
If you could buy just one book this year, this one should be at the top of your list. I'm just going to say it: this book could very well be the next The Hunger Games! I've never seen a book more likely to be a crowd-pleaser, nor one with more potential to sweep away a legion of fans. This book was so crazily addictive that I read it in literally half a day, and several months afterwards I am still jazzed over its edge-of-your-seat action.

What makes this story awesome, and what elevates it above
Apr 16, 2013 rated it liked it
i am not the kind of person who gets off on hating the things everyone loves - i don't really see the value in reading books just to be snarky and contrary and "ohhhh, the plebs are eating this up, but iiii am the internet's arbiter of taste and i only read underappreciated, obscure books and thumb my nose at what is popular."

i do both. i have read Twilight, i have read Fifty Shades of Grey. i like to know what all the hype is about as much as i like to read bunches of underknown stuff. and both

Mountain View

The first 4 waves were okay but the 5th wave... MIND BLOWING.I seriously didn't expect it at all.And the ending was perfect.Actually one of the best book endings of all time.

You can find the full review and more about this book on my blog

I can't describe how much I enjoyed this book.One of the best alien books I have ever read.This is probably going to be on my top ten favorite books on 2014.The style of writing , the characters everything was beyond perfect.I read the book

Sasha Alsberg
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
one of the best books ive had the honor to read! A MUST READ!!
Warning: This rant will contain lots of swearing, and massive anger. This is a rant, so I'm sorry if there's weird grammar or bad writing. I'm really not caring that much at this point. So, please, bear with me.
And please know that by no means do I intend to offend anyone, including the author.

DNF- Sammy's POV.


Best thing to describe it? Boring as fuck.

This book was my most anticipated book of the year. I was expecting so much after all the hype. But guess what? This turned o
I have successfully survived all 5 waves.

The 1st Wave : Confusion (Not as good as I thought)
The 2nd Wave : Hope (Maybe it gets better)
The 3rd Wave : Boredom (zzzzz....)
The 4th Wave : Disappointment (This is not getting any better)
The 5th Wave : Annoyance (Just end already)

Then why am I even giving it 2 stars?? Because my hatred for this book does not translate into this being a bad book. Some of the best reviewers on GR have loved The Fifth Wave and I totally respect their opinions. I guess this
Christine Riccio
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
SO GOOD. Loved the writing style, loved the lead characters, full of twists, and wonderfully paced. Here's my full blown review/discussion =D

Maybe the last human being on Earth won’t die of starvation or exposure or as a meal for wild animals.
Maybe the last one to die will be killed by the last one alive.

The 5th Wave is exhilarating.

The story is so thrilling and suspenseful that it’ll draw you in before you even get the chance to finish reading the first sentence. And it will truly seal you interest when you will get acquainted with all the adventurous, intrepid and bracing characters. Cassie. Sammy. Evan. Zombie. Ringer. It will b
Rachel E. Carter
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-paperback
1/24/16 Movie Update: I finally saw it... Mixed feelings. Like many of you commented, I think the weakest parts were the romance. I hated how the last 1/4 of movie seemed rushed compared to the book -and my big pet peeve was that Ben recognized her and knew who her brother was (soooooo not how it happened in the book) and that when Ben and Evan finally met it was not awkward & hilarious (because of Cassie's lies and obsessions) like the book. To me, one of the greatest things about the book ...more
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, own
Now THIS is how you write a book, ladies and gentleman! With the slew of dystopian and post apocalyptic novels coming out you can only imagine how refreshing it is to stumble upon a truly refreshing, incredibly well created novel about an alien apocalypse. And don't let this term fool you, aliens may not be running rampant on our planet (yet), but Yancey has succeeded in making this event just as realistic as any other world disaster. Plus, in my opinion I think it's a little naive to believe we ...more
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Stephenie Meyer's The Host
Recommended to Tatiana by: hype
Shelves: 2013, sci-fi, why-the-hype, ya
I am actually embarrassed for Mr. Yancey here, he is a Printz winner after all. All the money invested to hype this The Host Redux mumbo-jumbo, which makes so little sense if you just think about the plot and the role the children play in this 5th wave, why go into so much trouble, dear aliens? I can only explain the popularity of this book by the same sci-fi for those who don't read/like sci-fi effect The Host rode on, because this novel is nothing but a huge cliche with a nauseating romance of ...more
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

Pss! Pss! I have a theory.

Want to hear it? I'm starting to think that Rick Yancey is a genius. What does a genius do, you're asking? He makes people think they are the genius, by creating a story so predictable that every reader will feel so fucking clever. No, no, this is not sarcasm (not entirely, anyway). See, I was here bitching about how I guessed everything - every fucking thing apart from the ear teddy bear rumpled (come on, I'm not that great) - when I realized that there was no way I wa
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I JUST RE READ THIS BOOK AGAIN!!!! finishing it in perfect timing--aka about to walk into the theater!!!

(Old) re read this book this month and it was even more amazing the second time around

This book this book this book!
I don’t know how i fell upon this book, but I am so thankful I did! THE 5TH WAVE IS AMAZING! No wonder they are already making it into a movie without the series even being finished yet! I downloaded the sample of it on my kindle then instantly bought it after getting that sm
Jul 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-owned-read
I really enjoyed this book.

Is it weird though that I preferred the Ben story line, but liked Evan waaaaay better?

Jesse (JesseTheReader)
I really enjoyed this book! I wouldn't say it blew my mind or anything, but it was entertaining.
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: estantería
Una novela trepidante que engancha y te deja sin aliento. Sinceramente, increíble.
Reading Corner
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I decided I'd get this book done before I see the film and boy was that a good decision. I loved the concept behind this book with the numerous waves eventually wiping out humanity and the mysterious aliens behind it. The idea unravels to become much more than a straightforward explanation or plot with many unpredictable moments involved.I really couldn't predict this book, every time I tried I was wrong and I loved that.Yes, there was cheese and cliches at parts, especially in the dialogue but ...more
Christine Delilah (Maramochabooks)
Buddy read with Maggie!

Let's just hope it's better than the movie.

From what I've heard about the last two, I'm also hoping this isn't the Divergent Trilogy 2.0
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing

"How do you rid the earth of humans? Rid the humans of their humanity."

This was good! I mean, like, extremely, terrifyingly good!
I have already read plenty of books dealing with aliens and/or invasions, but for me this is the best one yet! I expected this to be yet another overhyped book series, but boy was I wrong!
This is the first Rick Yancey novel I ever read and it completely blew me away, I don't even know where to start. I wonder why I haven't read
Juliana Zapata
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Me ha gustado mucho el libro! Aunque creo que es mas un 4.5 que un 5. Hace rato quería leer este libro y por alguna razón no le había sacado el tiempo, pero ahora que lo leí estoy encantada y deseando leer la continuación.

La historia mantiene el misterio, vas descubriendo poco a poco una gran cantidad de datos alarmantes que te intrigan mas y mas. Y aunque por la mitad del libro sentí que el ritmo bajó un poco, definitivamente los últimos capítulos lo compensaron, acción, peligro, suspenso, todo
-- Tried to reread it because of the movie but I still don't get it :/ --

I choose to start this book because of all the hype that it is having. They even had promo posts on the subway. The quotes were really interesting and the thing about a strong heroine in an alien invaded earth, how can it be that bad? And then we can add the alien-earth romance to have the spicy in the food. Well, it was promising enough. It should have been.

The writing in this book is really beautiful. It was beautiful, f
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Why oh why did I wait so long to read this!? This book gripped me from the very first page and didn't let up even when it ended. I need more!

The world building was phenomenal and the picture painted was so real, I could see it play by play in my head. And Rick's story telling ability is a work of art. I loved the way he told the story from didn't pov's and the inner monologues of his characters were the best! Especially Cassie, she's a riot! It felt like it was one thing after another and the a
it's the APOCALYPSE, people ! :D

the 5th wave is one of THE BEST DYSTOPIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR , it has everything suspense, action, a bit of romance, Stong charcaters, one of them was a bit a weirdo (i'm sure you know who that is) overall i loved the combination Rick yancey has created of the Dystopian and Science Fiction genres, it's perfect, really enjoyed it, The narration is captivating, Beautiful writing full of Inspirational Quotes. i watched the movie and i LOVED IT, Chloë Grace Moretz is a
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Thomas by: Athira
4.5 stars

The first of work of young-adult fiction to impress me in four months. Rick Yancey writes about an alien invasion of the earth that takes place over several waves. Our protagonist, Cassie, has lost everyone - except for her younger brother Sammy, who she has made it her sole mission to rescue. Yancey shows us many characters' perspectives, including Ben Parish, a former high school football player Cassie once had a crush on, who now fights against the Others in an attempt to save the wo
C.G. Drews
Okay, so my thoughts are basically: um, well then. Which is reeeally eloquent of me, I KNOW. But first off: GO ME FOR FINALLY READING THIS!! I put it off because of so many bad reviews I'd seen (ergo I went into it with very low expectations too) but I READ IT SO YAY. I can watch the movie now! #priorities Ahem.

So okay, I did like it? But definitely didn't love it. The beginning was freaking awesome. Like bullets and freaktastic apocalypse stuff and aliens and really realistic emotions and actio
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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♪♫♪♪That's great, it starts with an earthquake. Birds and snakes, an aeroplane ♪♫♪♪

Okay, maybe just the aeroplane part. Like this . . . .

Palm Springs commercial photography

It didn’t take long for people to realize that . . .

“The arrival of the mothership was not the beginning, but the beginning of the end.”

Nope, the first wave was followed in quick succession by waves two . . .

Palm Springs commercial photography

three . . .

Palm Springs commercial photography

and four . . .

Palm Springs commercial photography

Leaving only the fifth and final wave before it truly is
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wow! I was blown away by this story!! I was completely riveted by every single word! My heart raced, and I was on the edge of my seat pretty much the entire time.

The world as we know it is over. Aliens came, kicked ass, and all that’s left of humanity is three percent of the original population. One of the “lucky” survivors is sixteen year-old Cassie. She lived through all Four Waves that’s decimated the human race, and is trying to stay alive by staying alone, because that’s the only way to st
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aka Richard Yancey

Rick is a native Floridian and a graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago. He earned a B.A. in English which he put to use as a field officer for the Internal Revenue Service. Inspired and encouraged by his wife, he decided his degree might also be useful in writing books and in 2004 he began writing full-time.

Since then he has launched two critically acclaimed series: The Ext
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“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 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.” 1242 likes
“Some things you can never leave behind. They don't belong to the past. They belong to you.” 1169 likes
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