The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

ImageThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Divergent by Veronica Roth. The Selection by Kiera Cass. Birthmarked by Caragh O’Brien. All engrossing, entertaining entries in the young adult dystopia genre. And now I can add one more. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.

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.

The story opens with Cassie, a teenage girl on the run and hiding from the Others, an alien race who have attacked the earth and scattered its survivors. She has made a promise to find her little brother, and with dogged determination, she intends to keep that promise. The only problem? She is alone and can trust no one. The Others look like us. They sound like us. They think like us. And they want to exterminate us.

With the opening sentences of this book, I could not put it down. I eagerly devoured the flashbacks of the initial invasion, Cassie’s inability to trust anyone human, even the point of view change to other survivors… this book made me late to work on more than one occasion and kept me up late at night. Who can be trusted? Who are the Others? What do they want? Where is Cassie’s brother? I had to find out, work and sleep be damned!

This book is like Chinese food. So good you gobble it down, then two hours later you’re hungry for more. Which makes it a good thing this is the first book of a new trilogy. The only downside is waiting for book 2.

The 5th Wave will be released May 7, 2013. (Yes, I was lucky and got an early copy.) Mark your calendars. You won’t be disappointed.

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