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480pp
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Overview

The Passage meets Ender's Game in an epic new series from award-winning author 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.
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.

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4 reviews

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4.6
Story held my interest 
 
4.5  (4)
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4.6  (4)
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Discuss the setting and the role it played. Describe when and where the story takes place.
Who are the main characters? What problems or conflicts does each character face in the book? Briefly describe each character.
What are the good points of this book? What did the author do well? Tell why you liked the book.
What, if any, were the bad points in the book? What did you feel the author did poorly? Tell why you didn't like the book.
This is where you give a brief summary of the book. Tell about at least two events that took place in the story. Don't give away the ending but give a 20 second synopsis that describes the story.
Without giving away the ending tell whether or not the ending was satisfying. Did the end fit the story?
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Story held my interest 
 
4.5
Writing style 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0

The 5th Wave

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Setting
This book takes place outside of Cincinatti, Ohio. It does not tell where exactly, but we are told that at first they were at a refugee camp called Camp Ashpit, then Cassie’s brother gets moved to Camp Haven, and Cassie is stuck in the woods. This book seems like it take place in the near future, because the “aliens” are very human like. Conflicts that come from this type of setting is that everything is dead and lonely. There is nothing left, no big cities, no cities at all, and everything is trashed.
Characters
The first character that comes to mind would have to be Cassie. Cassie is the biggest character in this book and she is courageous and strong. She has gone through a lot since the invasion of earth. Her father was killed by one of the aliens, her brother got taken to a different camp, and she is all by herself in the woods. She has to try and survive without being killed, and she is maybe only six-teen years old. She made a promise with her brother Sammy, and never gave up on finding him. Sammy is a strong character in this book. He’s only five years old and doesn’t really understand what’s happening in the beginning. He’s taken away from his family in the beginning of the book and that’s he develops and grows up a lot throughout the book.
Good Points
I liked how Yancey had a different point of view for each character. He made it interesting to read so I wouldn’t get tired of reading it. Yancey kept coming up with interesting details for each character so that me, the reader would gain more interest in the different characters.
Plot Summary
The 5th Wave, written by Rick Yancey is a book about a post-apocalyptic time where these aliens invade earth and attack in different types of waves. The 1st wave is just total darkness, 2nd is where one will only escape if they are lucky, 3rd is the unlucky will live, and 4th is to trust no one. This book talks about these teens trying to survive by themselves, until Cassie comes across this kid named Evan. This book is from different point of views of each of the different character in the book.
Ending
The ending answered most of the questions and it fit how Yancey structured the entire book. Yancey made it so that the reader would continue to think about the book and to keep asking question when the book was over. He made it so all the readers, including myself, would be satisfied with the ending but yet still ask questions. The one thing that I would have to take from this book, would have to be that no matter how life gets, you should always keep going. Never give up on what you are wanting to achieve.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG
Sexual Content
G
Violence
PG
Drug and Alcohol Use
G
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Story held my interest 
 
5.0
Writing style 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0

The 5th Wave

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Setting
The setting in this book is unclear. It is sometime in the future and occurs all over the world. It can’t be too far in the future because everything is described as what he have today. However, after the invasion, everything changes and there is nothing left. No big cities, no technology. Everything is trashed and so many people have died.
Characters
Cassie’s character is strong and brave. She lost so much when the aliens invaded. She lost her whole family, but she still remained strong. She never gave up on Sammy and she continued looking for him even in the roughest of times. Her character is very well developed. The writer (who is male) did a very good job portraying the female perspective. Cassie starts out in the book by herself and unwilling to let anyone help her or help anyone else. There is a scene in the opening of the book that describes when Cassie sees a teenage boy who has been very badly wounded. Instead of trusting him and helping him, she shoots him. When she becomes more desperate to find Sammy and finds that Evan can help her, she has to trust him. Her character grows a lot in the novel. Before the invasion she is quiet, shy, and kind of weak. She changes into a brave, strong woman ready to fight for what she wants. Sammy is a strong character throughout the whole novel. He’s only a young child and he doesn’t fully understand what is happening in the beginning. When his mom died, Cassie and their father both had a really hard time with it. Sammy was sad, but he remained the stronghold for both Cassie and their father to lean on. He’s taken away from his family in the beginning of the book and that’s the first time he cries in the book. He develops and grows up a lot throughout the story. When his perspective first starts, you don’t know who it is that’s talking. His point of view was unexpected.
Good Points
Yancey is a very skilled writer. I really enjoyed his writing. He writes at a good pace and he includes interesting details. He develops all the characters very well and makes them lovable. His writing is unique in many different ways including style, characters, and story. His style is descriptive but not with too much detail. His characters are very bold and interesting in different ways. The story is unlike any other alien novel or story that I’ve ever read. Their invasion is undetectable and unknowingly deadly, which is very rare in stories.
Plot Summary
The book The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey is about a girl named Cassie and her family in the apocalypse. The book is told from different points of view. It starts out with Cassie’s perspective and she tells the story about when the aliens came. She explains how the alien attack is not how people thought it would be. The aliens invaded quietly and stealthily, with different waves. Her mother was killed by a disease that the aliens spread in one of the waves. She also tells the story about when her brother was taken to a military base with a bus full of other children and she doesn’t know where he is. Cassie meets a boy named Evan who may be able to help her find her brother Sammy. The second part of the book is told from Evan’s point of view. The third section is the perspective of a boy named Zombie who is given weapons to fight the invasion. Sammy is the last person in the book to tell the story. His perspective is different from the others because it shows the invasion through the eyes of a child.
Ending
The ending fit very well with the rest of the book. I really liked this novel and thought it was gripping and interesting. The author shows the audience what the world would be like if an alien invasion happened, and how strong people can remain even through hard times.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG-13
Sexual Content
PG
Violence
PG-13
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Story held my interest 
 
4.0
Writing style 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.5

The 5th Wave

User Review

Setting
There are many different settings happening in the book. Each character has its own different environment and story. The main setting though throughout the book would in the environment, nature. The settings the characters bring to the book are very important to the structure of the novel and it is also what defines that character. The settings jump around all over the place in the book but for good reason. Each setting describes what is happening in the present of the character or a flash back to what the aliens were doing in the many stages of the takeover. However, most of the flash backs consists of one setting that each can character can relate to, a survival camp. That relatable setting is what makes the book exciting to read and makes the reader keep going to find out if they all meet.
Characters
The first character to be read is a young female named Cassie. Cassie is in high school and seems to have all the drama that comes with teenagers. The author seemed to make this the main character throughout the book. Cassie is very effective in the book to be used for describing what is happening and what had happened. However, the author should not have made her the she came out to be due to past events. Though the author made it clear as to why she became the way she did, he should have turned it a different way and kept her how she was before the final wave but with some trust issues. Another character, Evan is also very well developed through the book. Rick Yancey made him so that he was very interesting to follow and also interesting to read about. Evan was also an effective character for this novel because he helped answer questions left by Cassie and he also brought new excitement when he and Cassie met. Rick Yancey made it so Evan showed new ideas to how the aliens won the world.
Good Points
Rick Yancey wrote a very interesting and exciting book for post-apocalyptic readers. He wrote in first person throughout the entire book with the different characters. This was a clever way to do it because it showed different perspectives to what was happening and how others survived. The overall writing was very good and it made it so the reading didn’t get boring
Bad Points
the action sometimes seemed to go to fast and it lacked some detail needed to get a full picture. It also caused it so there were more questions than answers throughout the book.
Plot Summary
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey is a very exciting post- apocalyptic book. The book evolves end of the world settings and also aliens which lead the remaining humans to not trust anyone. The novel has many different points of view that make the overall story exciting and helps answer question and then even makes the reader have more questions. The book is about different character surviving in a world where they cannot trust anyone and how eventually they will all see the help form one another. The different characters realize that the problems they had before the waves would be their happiest thoughts.
Ending
The ending to The 5th Wave was moderately satisfying. It did answer most of the questions and it fit well with the structure of the book. Yancey made it so that the reader would continue to think about the book and to keep asking question when the book was over. He made it so readers would be satisfied with the ending but yet still ask questions regarding why he ended it the way he did. The meaning of the book is that people cannot always lose their values when horrible things happen to them because those values will eventually help them survive.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG
Sexual Content
G
Violence
PG
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Story held my interest 
 
4.5
Writing style 
 
4.5
Characters 
 
4.5

The 5th Wave

User Review

Setting
Near future time, somewhere outside Dayton,Ohio. Most of the world has been devastated, first by an EMP and then by a plague that has killed most people. What remains is in ruins.
Characters
Cassie, is the 16 year old survivor who sleeps with an M-16 and tries to stay alive long enough to find her brother, Sammy. Sammy is the five year old recruit taken, apparently, by soldiers to become the new fighting force. Evan finds Cassie and saves her, but there is more to Evan than meets the eye.
Good Points
Fast moving, and I like the way it switches points of view. Each character has a different perspective on what is happening and why.
Bad Points
The whole alien invasion thing seems to not work once it is revealed that the aliens have no bodies. I was a bit confused on what they wanted the earth for then.
Plot Summary
Aliens, others, have arrived and they are destroying the human population. The first wave is an EMP. The next is a Plague, then infiltration, and then the end of humanity. The story focuses on a small group of teens caught up in the impossible task of trying to survive.
Ending
I liked the ending. It was not too cheesy, and it showed real development in the characters. It remained somewhat openended
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG-13
Sexual Content
G
Violence
PG-13
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