[The 5th Wave] (By: Rick Yancey) [published: July, 2013]

Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 9 - 12Grades 3 - 5n/a4.6116991
"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 vampires."—USAToday.com
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published on May 7, 2013 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0399162410
ISBN-13: 9780399162411
73 Book Reviews
  • djbella
    djbella4 days
    This book is an exciting book about the others. I recommend it to anyone who likes adventure books. You will be on your toes til the very end.
    • gibvil2021
      gibvil2021about 2 years55 starsFeatured
      What would you do if you lost everything to something which you didn’t know existed until just a few months ago? Cassie Sullivan goes through all of this in The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey. In Ohio, the invasion of the “Others” has hit hard. People have been kidnapped, brainwashed, even just flat-out murdered. Cassie’s brother, Sam, was kidnapped by the Others months ago, and has been trying to save him since. After being shot by a soldier for the Others known as a "silencer” she is saved by a mysterious guy named Evan, and he helps Cassie get to Sam. The two of them find the camp where Sam is being held, and from there it’s a fierce battle liberating him from the brainwashing site. This book is an absolutely amazing, action packed adventure, and I’d have to recommend this to people who like books like The Maze Runner, as it is about a dystopian society and has the same sci-fi elements. Quick content warning though, this book should definitely be read by 7th grade and up, as there is very frequent violent content.
      • grape_soda
        grape_sodaover 2 years44 stars
        This is a really realistic book about if aliens invaded earth. I recommend this to people 4th grade and over.
        • cmansell
          cmansellalmost 3 years44 stars
          I did a project on this book, there are five waves. The first wave is no power, the second wave is water wiping out everything, the third wave the red death, the fourth wave silencers, and last the fifth wave an army of child soldiers. I made one connection to the book it was text to text, it was another book on an apocalypse. I rate this book four stars, because it had a lot of death, it said about 97% of the population was wiped out in the third wave and most of the rest when they blew up Camp Haven. The book was nothing like the movie.
          • doctorwhodaman
            doctorwhodamanabout 4 years
            My grandmother bought me this book at a store and i haven't started reading it yet it looks good !!!!!!!!!!!
            • Oliviaabout 4 years
              i have seen the movie i had no clue there was a book i have to read this as soon as possible
              • Haxorus 289about 4 years
                this book is amazing the story line very good and tells about Sammy/Nugget and Cassie
                • shadowabout 4 years
                  this is a very good book and I've also seen the movie
                  • Someone over 4 years
                    Good book has some bad words otherwise easy words also switches between perspective
                    • clit05
                      clit05almost 5 years55 stars
                      Overall I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good book. The story is nothing short of absolutely spectacular, and the way the author writes and develops the plot is enthralling. The twist on "alien attack" scenarios is great, too. Definitely recommend to anyone.