The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave

Audiobook CD - 2013
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After the first wave, only darkness remains. After the second, only the lucky escape. And after the third, only the unlucky survive. After the fourth wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it's the dawn of the fifth 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.
Publisher: Holland, Ohio : Dreamscape Media, LLC, p2013.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781624068669
Characteristics: 10 compact discs (ca. 762 min.) :,digital ;,12 cm.
analog, optical, 1.4 m. per second, Digital recording
audio file, CD audio, rda
Additional Contributors: Strole, Phoebe
Espinoza, Brandon


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Feb 15, 2018

I aggressively disliked this book. The antagonists—the aliens—made no sense. They're super-mega-powerful, and they want to take over the earth, so they watch for 5,000 years, and then undertake an elaborate scheme that leaves enough people alive to mount a resistance, but fortunately only teenagers, who can't be killed because they need to be possessed so they can actually kill other teenagers who they think are possessed but aren't? Just... why? I know I'm in the minority in disliking the book, and I can see that it's effective at generating a creepy atmosphere—but it's broken and I can't unsee it now.

Aug 14, 2017

The audiobook was compellingly read thanks to appropriate pacing and excellent choices to voice the male and female protagonists. Sadly, I had to listen to the later 1/4 of the novel on 1.25 speed in order to finish it within my given time constraints.

The story itself is a well-told and developed narrative, creatively exploring the idea of an alien invasion without leaning heavily on tropes.

Jan 25, 2017

Its a good book

Jan 12, 2016

I know I would have enjoyed this book had I read it as a paperback, but I got an extra special treat listening to the audio book version. I was immediately gripped by the (highly appropriate) voice of Phoebe Strole as she plunged me headfirst into the inner working of Cassiopeia’s (hereafter known as Cassie) mind. The combination of Rick Yancey’s writing talent, combined with Strole’s intriguing voice immediately made me invested in Cassie’s story. The vulnerability, defiance, terror, and determination of that one young girl … I can see exactly how and why this novel is so popular. The other characters were interesting too, but it’s Cassie who really stands out.

The story of the Waves in itself is extremely interesting, and disturbingly believable. I think that’s what partially what makes the book so interesting. Yancey takes a familiar scifi trope from something that we know is always going to result in an Alien ass-kicking, and skews it so that almost immediately the reader is thinking “Ah..crap…We, uh, might be screwed here.”

Its the little kid that unites the story, but also the idea that each one of us is important. Yancey bucks the biggest alien invasion cliche, but he falls inline with the basic one. That when the feces hits rapidly oscillating object, humanity will band together. Some things are cliche for a reason, yeah? In this case, though, Yancey does such a good job of drawing it out, of making the characters doubt themselves and others, that you have begun to doubt it’ll actually happen before it does.

In short: The 5th Wave is a unique alien invasion story that gives young adults both male and female leads that are heartbreakingly human, surprisingly normal, and breathtakingly strong.

Sep 04, 2014

A suspenseful read and the audiobook is well-narrated. Would be a great crossover for someone who has been reading a lot of dystopian tales and is ready for something a little different, but still energetic and slightly twisted. The different perspectives keep you on the edge of your seat as the characters uncover plot twists separately.

Jun 06, 2014

A very suspenseful intriguing book. You won't want to stop reading it. My only problem is that it changes perspectives every so often and it doesn't tell you who you changed to. You have to figure it out yourself. I wasn't a big fan of this idea, but I suppose it gets you more into the book. Overall, a great read that will leave you wondering if this will ever become a true story.

Aug 17, 2013

Intense read about an alien invasion that's a modern Invasion of the Bodysnatchers. I value how all the perspectives met up - Cassie, Ben, Evan, and Sam.

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