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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.
I had read plenty of reviews talking about how great this book is and how it isn’t what you expect from an alien book, so I decided to find out for myself how great it actually was and I am happy to report that these claims of greatness are true. I wasn’t completely sure of what to expect with this story since I’ve never read a book that involved aliens before aside from The Host, but I enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would.
The world depicted in this book is a scary place. Imagine waves of awful things occurring, not knowing who to trust, and fighting everyday to survive, not knowing what is truth or lie. It’s ugly, no matter who you are. I also like the cover and how it goes with the story (can you see the giant bird?). The characters are also really great. Cassie is a very strong and determined female MC, and even after all of the crap she goes through, she is still willing to do whatever it takes without being whiny. I like Evan a lot, he is unusual, but I really like him, even though he has some flaws. And with Zombie, I enjoyed seeing the military aspect of it and what they have to go through on that end.
I read this mostly in audio format, up until the last 30 minutes when my audiobook files became corrupted and stopped working, then I finished it out in a borrowed hardcover. Both narrators did really well reading it and had nice voices. The action scenes were great, both in print and on audio and not at all confusing like some can be. The book also switches points of view from female and male characters, and I think the author did a really good job of rotating between two different genders’ mindsets.
Though there is some love interest stuff in the story, there is no real gushy mushy romance. I didn’t expect there to be either, considering aliens are trying to wipe out the human population. It also isn’t easy at all, which makes it more real than if they had had some sort of crazy romantic love story in the middle of an extraterrestrial takeover. This one is definitely a book for guys or girls, and even for those who might not care for alien books much because it really isn’t the kind of aliens you think.
Scary world, great characters, good readers, not what you expect.