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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of The 5th Wave: The Last Star by Rick Yancey, read by Phoebe Strole and Ben Yannette. Now a major film by Sony Pictures, starring Chloe Grace Moretz.

The 5th Wave is the first book in the best-selling series from award-winning Rick Yancey. Perfect for fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent and Maze Runner.

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now is the dawn of the 5th wave. On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs. Runs from the beings that only look human, who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope.

Now Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death.

Winner of the 2014 Red House Children's Book Award

The 2014 Children's Choice Book Awards Finalist for Teen Book of the Year

A YALSA 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults

A YALSA 2014 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers

A Booklist 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults

A VOYA 2013 Perfect Ten

An Amazon Best Book of the Year

Books in the series: The 5th Wave (Book 1), The Infinite Sea (Book 2), The Last Star (Book 3)

©2016 Rick Yancey (P)2016 Penguin Books Limited

Critic Reviews

"Wildly entertaining.... I couldn't turn the pages fast enough." ( The New York Times)
"Remarkable, not-to-be-missed-under-any-circumstances." ( Entertainment Weekly)
"A modern sci-fi masterpiece.... Should do for aliens what Twilight did for vampires." ( USA Today)
"The pace is relentless." ( Heat)
"Chilling." ( Sun)
"Nothing short of amazing." ( Kirkus)
"This book's scary!" ( Teen Now)
"A twisty survival story that borrows elements from romance, horror and dystopian fiction." ( The Wall Street Journal)
"An epic sci-fi adventure about a terrifying alien invasion. You'll read it in one sitting." ( Bookseller)
"Heartfelt, violent, paranoid epic, filled with big heroics and bigger surprises." ( Booklist)
"Gripping." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Borrow this one from your teen's nightstand while they're at school." ( People)

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The Final Wave

If I have to hear "an infinite sea..." again it'll be too soon. I loved the story and Phoebe and Ben's narration were on point again. I'm sad it's over but I think it wrapped up nicely. There could be more story if Rick Yancey decided to release more but it's really not needed. Ringer's story felt like the most emotional - despite her emotions being dampened for a lot of the books - and I just felt the most for her towards the end. Cassie got a little whiny to me but she redeemed herself. All of the guys had wonderful arcs and I enjoyed watching all of the characters grow and mature.

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I experienced so many emotions reading this...

just finished this book and I'm bawling my eyes out. This book had me laughing and crying. loved it!

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  • ABCD
  • 17-01-2017

A good listen!

I really enjoyed listening to this story.. it was so good. Full of action and some funny moments and dialogue. What made it really enjoyable was the narrators telling the story. They did it well. The action scenes were described well , I could imagine it better than if I read the book by myself. So really well done .
I also liked that this book had Ringers p.o.v. Bens p.o.v. Evan walker's p.o.v. Sams. p.o.v. and of course Cassies. whos story was my favourite part.
The ending was not what I expected and it was sad but I understand why it happened the way it did.
I'm kind of sad that it's over. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters in their point of view for a few chapters.
Even though I didn't read the infinite sea at all , I could still figure out what happened. it was easy to catch up.
Overall it was well written, well read and enjoyable. Can't wait for the movies. . !

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  • Nikki
  • 06-01-2018

Great trilogy!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. This is a great trilogy. If you love big epic storylines that suck you in, red these books.

What did you like best about this story?

Plus:I love the idea of this storyline, it’s a bit left field for this genre. It’s not your typical aliens have landed and the last few humans have to save the world type and I like that. Book 3 had a few shocks in store, there was more than one ‘oh no, seriously nooooo’ moment in there and the fact that it’s kids having to make these huge decisions and sacrifices and go through so much so young...well Yancey knows how to make you think for sure, there are times I wanted to scream at Ben for being an idiot and then I remember he’s a kid!Minuses:I read these books back to back so while overall I really loved this trilogy, reading them back to back there are times when Yanceys repetitive language bugged me a bit, he’s a real fan of contradictive speeches that can, on occasion, go on a bit, especially for Cassie. ‘It is and is not, it will be and won’t be’ type stuff. But, don’t let it put you off reading it, the story overall really is great and worth a little repetitiveness.

Which character – as performed by Ben Yannette and Phoebe Strole – was your favourite?

In book 1, it was a coin toss between Ben/Zombie and Cassie In book 2, it was EvanIn book 3 it’s hands down Ringer

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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  • A. Listener
  • 02-08-2020

Depressing. Let down the whole series.

I feel like this book's events let down the whole series. It was also a little unrealistic, even given its sci-fi YA genre, Without spoiling it, my issue is with the nature of the brain, and it not being like a computer harddrive that has an unlimited storage capacity. And I just wasn't happy with what happened to the main characters. It was quite depressing, really, It spoiled the whole series for me.

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  • Amazgem
  • 04-07-2020

Really enjoyed this series of books.

Again, I really enjoyed the story told from different character's points of view. I'm sad that I won't get to see this played out on the big screen by the original actors of the movie in 2016.

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  • Sound Asleep
  • 08-09-2017

Didn't see the end coming

I enjoyed the series but did not see the end coming which I found hard to come to terms with. A very good story with a bitter sweet ending.

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  • Closet Goth
  • 16-03-2017

Confusing and a let down!

Would you try another book written by Rick Yancey or narrated by Ben Yannette and Phoebe Strole ?

I enjoyed the performances, but i am not sure i would read another book by Rick Yancy as I felt this last book in the trilogy was a complete let down, so confusing and with a rather abrupt ending. The first book was awesome, the second book was ok, but with this last one there was no effort invested in writing about the emotion from the characters, it was like he was listing their experiences.

What could Rick Yancey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Rick could have Made it alot less confusing and invested more in the emotion of the characters. He did in the first book which is why I wanted to read more about the characters stories.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration from Pheobe was great but I wish they had kept the same male narrator from the beginning as Ben was a bit flat in places.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I wont be reading anything else by Rick Yancy as this was such a disappointment

Any additional comments?

if you want to try and get to the conclusion of the others then read this at your own peril! It will be confusing and only end in disappointment but read it any way or you wont know how it ends.

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  • Claire D.
  • 08-11-2016

Awful!

Having read the first two books in the trilogy I was looking forward to the Last Star. The narrators don't suit the characters and the narrative is terrible, so much so I thought I had downloaded the wrong book. Giving up on it after only listening for less than an hour. Very disappointing, maybe would be better to read having read the first two, but not sure I care enough to find out

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  • Alexander T Bingley
  • 07-09-2016

Really quite dull!!

Long winded - could be half the length. Not a book I would recommend I am afraid.

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  • ellie illing
  • 05-08-2016

Good ending, needed more though

This book seemed to move a lot faster than the other. It focused on the characters more, less on cassie this time. I enjoyed the book but I felt there should be more to it. I feel it should have another book or have it wrapped up a bit more. Maybe the author is leaving it open so he can write another book if he wants to. I was pleased with the outcome though and I recommend you listen to this one to finish the story, the last one was left on such a big cliffhanger.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-05-2019

Depressing

Well I looked forward to reading this the final chapter but wish I hadn’t. Totally depressing and sad! 😕

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