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The 5th Wave
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Cassie Sullivan (Female), One of the very few people left alive on Earth after an alien invasion; waves of destructive forces eradicated humans; lost her mother in the 3rd wave (a plague) and her father in the 4th; hoping her younger brother is still alive safe in a military compound
Ben "Zombie" Parish (Male), High school friends with Cassie; survived the previous waves; wields weapons and hunts down aliens
Evan Walker (Male), Alien, Disguised as a human
Science fiction
Young adult
Human extinction
Teenage girls
Alien invasion
Extraterrestial life
Alien contact
Human-alien relationships
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  Library Journal Review

Sixteen-year-old Cassie assumes the battle has just begun when extraterrestrials unleash a plague that kills the majority of the world's population, including her mother. Only after her father is murdered and her five-year-old brother, Sammy, is bused to an alien death camp does she realize the aliens have been living among them for years. Determined to save Sammy, Cassie must place her trust in an alien-human hybrid whose motives are less than clear in this post-apocalyptic struggle. Yancey (The Monstrumologist) launches a gripping sf trilogy that's a soon-to-be motion picture. Phoebe Strole and Brandon Espinoza feature different voices to highlight characterization and set a superb pace that plays up the suspense. VERDICT Highly recommended for teens and adults. [The Penguin hc was a New York Times best seller.-Ed.]-JoAnn Funderburk, South Garland Branch Lib., TX (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Yancey makes a dramatic 180 from the intellectual horror of his Monstrumologist books to open a gripping SF trilogy about an Earth decimated by an alien invasion. The author fully embraces the genre, while resisting its more sensational tendencies (rest assured, though, there are firefights and explosions aplenty). A rare survivor of the invasion, 16-year-old Cassie, armed with an M16 rifle and her younger brother's teddy bear, is trying to reunite with her brother and escape the "Silencer" (assassin) trying to kill her. Meanwhile, 17-year-old "Zombie," an unwitting military recruit, is facing a crisis of conscience. The story's biggest twists aren't really surprises; the hints are there for readers to see. Yancey is more interested in examining how these world-shaking revelations affect characters who barely recognize what their lives have become. As in the Monstrum-ologist series, the question of what it means to be human is at the forefront-in the words of cartoonist Walt Kelly, "We have met the enemy and he is us." It's a book that targets a broad commercial audience, and Yancey's aim is every bit as good as Cassie's. Ages 14-up. Agent: Brian DeFiore, DeFiore and Co. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Remarkable, not-to-be-missed-under-any-circumstances."-- Entertainment Weekly (Grade A)<br> <br> The Passage meets Ender's Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey. <br> <br> After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the un lucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> "Wildly entertaining . . . I couldn't turn the pages fast enough."--Justin Cronin, The New York Times Book Review <br> <br> "A modern sci-fi masterpiece . . . should do for aliens what Twilight did for vampires."
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