Why I Checked It Out: “The 5th Wave” has been constantly flying off the shelves here at the library. I’ve picked it up a few times, but not checked it out, mainly due to my fear of alien invasion stories (I think they are scary, yes, and tend to avoid things that scare me). But when I heard that “The 5th Wave” was a Gateway nominee, I decided it was time I read it.
ALSO, IT’S GOING TO BE A MOVIE! WOOOO!
What It’s About: “The 5th Wave” starts off inside the head of Cassie, a 16-year-old who has survived the first four waves of the alien invasion. She is lost, confused, and very alone, her mission to save her younger brother the only thing keeping her going.
Cassie has come to believe she’s it. There might not be anyone else alive on the planet. But then she meets a boy who changes her world, and helps her survive right when she considers herself out of options.
What I Liked About It: I mean, really, this was one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. The writing was fresh and the characters felt real. I breezed through the entire book. And, don’t worry, the blurb makes it sound a little heavy on the romance, but it’s really not. It’s more about survival than anything else.
Similar Titles: “Not a Drop to Drink” by Mindy McGinnis, “Enclave” by Ann Aguirre and “All Our Yesterdays” by Cristin Terrill.
Don’t forget that “The 5th Wave” is the first in a trilogy, so be sure to check out the other books in the series. The second title has already been published, “The Infinite Sea,” and the final book, “The Last Star” comes out in September.