The downloadable, digital audiobook edition of Rick Yancey’s gripping epic, read by the actors Phoebe Strole and Brandon Espinoza.
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.
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, until Cassie meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope for rescuing her brother and even saving herself. Now she must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up. Cassie Sullivan gets up.
©2013 Rick Yancey (P)2013 Penguin Books Limited
The Fifth Wave delivers a well written and intelligent tale of the end of the World. I continue to be amazed at the fresh and entertaining books coming out in this well trodden Genre of late.
I have to admit I had mixed feeling when I started reading this book as I though I had stumbled across a booked aimed at the Teen and Tween market. Thoughts of this was quickly pushed aside as the author delivered a well thought out and intelligent narrative. Sure the main characters of the book are teenagers but their is nothing PG about this book.
What I really like about this book was the "wave" concept that is used to spell the end of humanity. This concept was fresh and frightengly did not take to much stretching of the imagination to believe. Looks like the is another series I am going to have to read to the end.
I don't know, because I can't read for long stretches any more, especially novels.
I wasn't expecting there to be so many main characters regardless of the fact that the Book is supposed to revolve around Cassie. I loved all the main characters for different reasons. To me the story revolved around these four and they were all equally as important as each other to my great surprise.
They both read very well, but they or the production team needed to work on the voices of individual characters to break them up more and make them WAY more distinguishable, on occasion because if you're not paying attention, you can get confused as to which character is speaking, especially during a chapter change, but it's not only chapter changes you have to watch out for. This unfortunately was a huge flaw for me after just being spoiled with the incredible job one person did with the maze runner trilogy characters. You didn't even have to think twice as to who was saying what with James Deakins reading. That's just constructive, they still didn't excellent job.
An excellent well written book if you like this kind of genre like I do, but at times there was too much overlap and repetition which was very unnecessary constant backfilling. It didn't detract from the Book it was just something I personally found annoying at times which I know that other readers don't have a problem with. These are minor picky flaws but that's why I gave this story four stars but overall five, the concept was a clear winner for me.
Yes...0nly if it was aimed at a more mature audience. I thought the two narrators did a great job
Something that is not so schmaltzy..and more grown up
Although the narrators were obviously young ...they were very natural there were no 'stupid' voices and I enjoyed their performance...I'm thinking if they were not so good I wouldnt have finished the book!
oh that doesn't count cos this book is aimed at a much younger audience
This book reminded me of a mix of The Twilight Saga and the Hunger Games...totally different genres but had a certain similarity
It was a captivating Story but the narration was haphazard in many places. There was no clear distinction between characters thoughts vs their actual speech, so you're often left wondering if they said things out loud to other characters or they were just thinking it. I agree with the other reviews in that there was a lot of unnecessary repetition but that's more q problem with the actual prose of the novel. Otherwise , an interesting story.
I really didn't think i would enjoy this book but I purchased it as it kept coming up in my recommended sections. I absolutely feel in love with it and was always wanting more.
i can only ever enjoy movies from books if i watch the movie first, then the book. this was no exception. watch the movie, then listen to this.
the voices are pretty amazing in this audio. there is so much emphasis.
I actually only got this book after i saw the movie trailer and decided to get it before i saw the movie. The book isnt bad. Telling the story of two teenagers after an Alien invasion. Its also part romance which i wasnt expecting but its not too much. I would definitely recommend. Hopefully the movie lives up to the book. Gotta get the second part now.
"I suspect it will split opinions"
I've got to say I liked it, I'm glad I read it, but I suspect this one will split opinions. This is a decent story with the narration split primarily between two of the young, teenage protagonists. And this is the crux I think of why some will like it and some will struggle. If you're comfortable with the teen-movie like delivery of the narrators then I think you will enjoy it very much. It's a gripping story that, consistent with the apocalyptic theme pulls few punches.
I think those who find the current teen-movie style a little grating may not find this so easy to like. Yes, okay I admit it I'm one of those who are maybe a generation or two older so it's not my favourite style and it did grate on me at times. But, this is the story of young adults cast into a tough situation so it makes eminent sense to write it this way and while it's been some time since I felt qualified to comment on how a teenager thinks these days it felt realistic enough to me. The characters, particularly Cassie, trying to come to terms with all the normal things teenagers have to get to grips with on top of the slight inconvenience of an alien invasion.
There are some clever twists and turns in the plot, plenty of points at which you are left guessing, occasional humour and some good interplay between the characters giving it enough depth to be entertaining, exciting and a worthy piece of entertainment. I don't see it winning any prizes but it's a very decent listen.
Hormonal teenagers with M16 assault rifles . . . you don't need the aliens to make this one scary for us parents :-)
"Enjoyable and a bit different."
Wasn't expecting much here as it's not something I would normally listen to and it was a sale item. But I enjoyed it and recommend it.
"Not just for young adults"
I am a 53-year-old man and I bought this without realising it is a YA book. Actually I found this to be one of the most enjoyable books I have read or listened too all year. The writing is excellent: the characters are well-developed and interesting; the plot is very engaging; and it is very funny in places. My ten-year-old daughter loved it too so this is quite a feat that Yancy has pulled off. The performances are excellent too - it is such a good idea to have both a male and female reader. We have just bought the second book. My daughter has first dibs of course!
Very rare to find an audiobook to transpose so well to multiple characters and plots without feeling lost or confused at certain junctures, a really nice read to follow cassie as she works her way back to a life lost.... An immersive read, very wall played.
"Film vs Book"
I saw the film before I 'read' the book and I am massively impressed with how similar the two are. The book is funny in a post apocalyptic way which helps keep the story light and gripping. The readers are fantastic and really helped me visualise the characters. The only down side is that there is a section where three male voices are the narrator and I struggled to identify if it was Nugget, Ben or Evan speaking. But otherwise an excellent book.
love it, well written, well read, it kept me in suspense and quiet witty to. Looking forward to the next one.
I love this book so much!!! Recommended it loads to all my family and friends
loved this book. it was a tad predictable in places but a fantastic premise and a fantastic performance by the actors
I will defiantly read second book in the series, assuming that there will be one.
"Good story kept me gripped"
Good plot with a few twists well read looking forward to the movie now and the last book in the saga to be released as an audiobook.
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