It's Coming ... Who Will Survive?

Summary:

Cassiopeia "Cassie" Sullivan has always had a normal life. With her best friend and a very unrealistic crush on Ben Sullivan. She enjoyed a pretty ordinary, everyday life. Until aliens took over. These are not your average aliens. They look like you. Feel like you. See like you. The only real difference is that they are trying to kill you and wipe out the human population. Tsunamis, earthquakes, you name it.

With each wave of attack, the human population decreases significantly. Cassie needs to accomplish two things: (a) find her brother and (b) survive the fifth and final wave. With the help of her new companion, can she accomplish her goals? Most importantly, can she trust everyone around her?


Teen Reader (15):
I enjoyed this book to a certain level as it was action packed and was amusing. I enjoyed seeing the characters develop and their relationships to each other. Some of the friendships really surprised me. I didn't think it would work out, but it did.  It almost felt like I was there with them and you could definitely see how the characters had matured compared to the beginning of the book. What I didn't like was that the plot was too complex for me to keep up. There were many details to remember to understand what exactly happens. The story talks about an entirely different world from the one we live in. You don't need to remember much detail during the beginning of the book but it does get really confusing towards the middle and end of the book when the details that the characters mentioned before are finally coming into play.

I enjoyed reading the book and would recommend it to a friend if they are interested inscience fiction. However, I wouldn't go as far to say I would reread it. There were many flaws to the book that I couldn't get over.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Strap on your seatbelts for this action-packed dystopian adventure. Readers who like realistic characters who grow (and surprise) them will enjoy The 5th Wave.

Content Awareness Factors:

As the story moves forward, there are more details and the plot becomes more complex. Although listed as readable at a 4th grade level, the complexity will frustrate young audiences. The content is intended for high school-aged teens and young adults.


Type of Book:
This is the first title in a dystopian science fiction series.
Educational Themes:

The book is meant to be read for pleasure, but it can generate some interesting conversations about teamwork and trust.

  • What are the factors we look for in trusting someone?
  • Do we have to trust someone 100% to work with them?
  • How would you react in this (or other) life and death situations?
Reading Level:
4.6
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
15 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
15 and Up
Age of child:
Student volunteer. Reviewer age: 15
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. The story is engaging and action-packed, but it will require your full attention as it moves forward.
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Title The 5th Wave
About

The 5th Wave, Book 1

Author RIck Yancey
Publisher Speak, Imprint Penguin Books for Young Readers © 2015 (Reissue Edition)
ISBN 9780142425831
Material Hard Cover
Cost $10.99
Genres Adventure, Science Fiction

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