The 5th Wave (Fifth Wave Series #1)

The 5th Wave (Fifth Wave Series #1)

by Rick Yancey


$10.16 $10.99 Save 8% Current price is $10.16, Original price is $10.99. You Save 8%. View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Thursday, August 22

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

The 5th Wave 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 500 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Books that are greatly hyped rarely live up to the hype.  This book does live up to that hype and then some!  Epic, beautiful, terrifying , dark and hopeful all at once.  I can't wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An epic story of trust and human survival in the wake of an alien invasion, The 5th Wave is a well written teen fantasy novel that is a page turner. Cassie Sullivan is a strong female lead that is thrust into a deadly new world on her own. She's seen her fair share of death and has some serious trust issues. Not very heavy on the actual sci-fi stuff, but that doesn't matter. Teens will be talking about this one this summer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is interesting enough, I guess. It's funny: it's marketed as being like Ender's Game, The Hunger Games, and The Road, but it feels more like the author <i>wanted</i> to make it like those, so he sloppily threw together a girl wandering the wasteland here, a camp for child soldiers there. When the quasi-Twilight love triangle started to develop, I almost threw the book down entirely. On the other hand, it's fairly entertaining at times and a pretty easy read, and I think my disappointment was augmented by all of the hype and advance marketing the book got. I don't know what it is about teen books that they all start to feel the same, like they're written by the same mediocre, seventeen-year-old. Sometimes I wonder if &quot;Teen&quot; is just what publishers call books they've already committed to publishing that aren't good enough for the adult fiction section and happen to be about people under 20. I would just lower my bar for teen books, except that I've read great books geared towards young adults, and it would be a disservice to those authors to call this one-eyed man King. If you're big into the Teen Adventure scene, or a fan of Rick Yancey, by no means am I trying to dissuade you from reading. If you're a reader who likes to read a little of everything and got caught up in the hype for this book, just don't expect to have your mind blown.
Jewell_Powers More than 1 year ago
Even though it is a YA, I loved this book! I couldn't put it down....I hope, hope, hope there is a sequel!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Engrossing. Couldn't put it down.
Pryde47 More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of Rick Yancey's Monstrumologist series, which is a fantastic, and actually scary, YA horror series. So I was very happy to see the big marketing push behind Yancey's new book, The 5th Wave, which people are singing the praises of. I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC and I'm excited to report to you that it is stunning! Believe the hype! It looks like this could be the big one to read this summer, so get your hands on it ASAP. The 5th Wave is a book that takes place during an alien apocalypse. They have come, they have landed, they are not friendly. They have bombarded humanity with four waves of destruction to weed people out, with perhaps a fifth on the horizon. Cassie is a teenager lucky enough to have survived the first four brutal waves, which include an electro-magnetic pulse that cuts off the world's power, earthquakes that create tsunamis, and a plague. Those not killed by those threats have to face silencers, aliens who are hunting down the remaining humans with great skill. This book is epic, but it's also really grounded, focusing on a small group of survivors. I was a little skeptical when I realized that each new &quot;part&quot; in this book switches characters, but I found myself really enjoying the story revolving around each character. When I was finished with one part and was like, I need to find out what happens next, I was equally drawn in to the new part that I was beginning. Yancey just has a way of making these characters and their circumstances, which were very different from one another, all really relatable and exciting. I really liked that as far-fetched as this concept is, it's grounded in a stark reality, and it's very emotional. The material can be a little heavy at times, but is lightened by humor throughout. It's very well-balanced, with things that haunt the characters running through the course of their character arcs. I could definitely guess that some things were coming, but even though you kind of know, you second guess yourself, and then, it's just so interesting seeing things play out that you don't mind. The 5th Wave is very different than The Monstrumologist series, and proves Yancey's versatility as a writer. But even though this is very different for him from his Printz Award Honored book, it's still a really well-written, thoughtful piece of writing that's every bit as riveting and suspenseful as anything he's written. In fact, I could barely tear myself away from this book, and eagerly sat down for hours at a time to tear through it. I would recommend this for anyone who loves a good action title, and it will satisfy hardcore science fiction and dystopian fans.
shopaholicDE More than 1 year ago
this book is outstanding and I can't imagine giving it anything less than a five star review I loved the going back and forth between characters because it showed the alien invasion from different perspectives. I don't know there's a whole bunch of dystopian books all of a sudden with everyone having their favorite - like people went nuts for divergent where I could barely keep my eyes open. This book I couldn't put down - utterly fantastic - I can't say enough about it - aliens take over the world and it shows basically, subtle like what war is all about. I am 42 years old reading these teen books so maybe that twists my opinion but I think this and hunger games are the best of the genre. and this is my opinion only; I know some people will disagree I just think this was excellent for many different reasons. I have a harder time expressing WHY I like something more than another it's just the 5th wave seemed to grab me - its War this is war and my dad was in Vietnam and a huge portion of the book when they're in boot camp is very similar to the stories he has told me of boot camp in Vietnam being like - maybe it;s that realism that drew me in
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(No spoilers, I swear) I am amazed. As a big sci-fi fan who enjoys books like The Hunger Games, Ender's Game, and basically every other sci-fi book i have ever read (except Across The Universe) i really, really loved this book. It had the perfect mixture of everything, i think even non-scifi fans would like it. The book is huge, but i read the whole thing in two days. Trust me, you wont be able to put it down. All in all, the 5th Wave is at the top of my list of favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. I know some have said that is is &quot;simply&quot; written, but the book is being told through childrens eyes so........I feel like it is very accurate on how a teenager would think of things. If you liked The Hunger Games, you will like this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down.  It was a great, quick read, and I was completely engulfed in the story of Cassie Sullivan.  I can't wait for the next book!  
LaurenSoda More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book and finished it in two sittings, one of which involved me staying up wayyyyy too late on a work night. I was hooked from the start. The book tells the story of a post-apocolyptic world through the eyes of a couple different characters, and documents their fight for survival in very different situations. In a world where aliens are trying to take over and human children run around with heavy artillery, &ldquo;Silencers&rdquo; (deadly alien assassins) have been sent to wipe out any survivors who have lived through the first waves of extinction (disease, explosions, natural disasters, etc). The ending left me antsy for the sequel. I'm a huge fan! If you liked the Hunger Games Trilogy, you will love The 5th Wave.
me-myshelf-and-i More than 1 year ago
Rick Yancey&rsquo;s latest offering is a promising start to a series that should satisfy readers searching for something darkly entertaining and adventurous, a science fiction novel that is still grounded in the real world. With an action-packed and engaging plot, sympathetic characters under various states of physical and emotional duress, and an outlook that is simultaneously bleak and optimistic The 5th Wave is one of my favorite books of the year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very powerful and attention grabbing book! It had the intensity and amazing action, but included the beautiful and well-put characters, who had me loving every second of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A real page turner. I couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so good. I was drawn into it after reading the first chapter. I've recomended it to all of my friends and we are all obsessing over it. The next book is really well written as well. I recomend.
PrettyInFiction More than 1 year ago
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey is one of those books that, once you start reading, it's hard to put back down. After the 4th Wave it's hard to know who's human and who isn't. It's hard to trust when you don't know how to tell who the enemy is. And Yancey not only instills that idea, not only in his characters minds, but in his readers as well. Should you trust the characters you think you know or are they manipulating you? Or worse, are they being manipulated? Cassie is a feisty heroine, I'll give her that. She's tough and does what she needs to do, but when it comes to boys... well, they're her kryptonite. Boys, namely Evan Walker, seem to turn Cassie into an unreasonable, melodramatic teenager, even though I know she's smarter than that. She knows she's smarter than that. And I like Evan, I really do, but their relationship was such instalove that I just couldn't get into it. They were sweet and I like them together, I just wish Cassie would have stayed strong to her beliefs when getting involved with him. And that Yancey would have flushed out their relationship better. It happened over the course of weeks (months, maybe) but the way it was written (at first at least) left me wanting, even if the idea of their relationship was great. Ben on the other hand... Oh, Ben Parish. I fell in love with him. Hard. He's been through a lot and he's broken, but not weak. He's loving and perfect and takes care of his squad no matter what, even when he's scared. He makes hard decisions and sometimes they don't end the way he wants them to, but he pushes through anyway. I really loved the relationship he had with Nugget. And, although I'm still a little unsure about Ringer, I thought their relationship was cute too. The 5th Wave, despite having almost nothing but glowing reviews, still managed to shock me. It was one of the best books I've read this year. Definitely the best alien invasion I've read about since The Host. If you have any doubts regarding the hype behind The 5th Wave, try not to think about it. Just pick up the book and lose yourself in the adventure.
lrhubble More than 1 year ago
A Fantastic Book Futuristic, Ohio The 1st Wave leaves the world in darkness. The 2nd Wave the lucky ones survive. The 3rd Wave the unlucky are the survivors. The 4th Wave makes sure you trust no one. Now the 5th Wave is starting. Cassie is all about survival even if that survival means running from them. The ones that look like humans but aren&rsquo;t. The ones that roam around killing everyone they see. The ones that have made sure that Earth&rsquo;s last survivors are scattered everywhere. Cassie knows the way to stay alive is to stay by herself. Until the day she meets Evan Walker. Evan is the only chance Cassie has of saving her brother but can she trust him? He is also her only chance at saving herself. Cassie now is going to have to decide to trust or not. She will also have to choose between defiance and surrender and between life and death. So far Cassie has chosen to fight but now she has to decide if she is going to continue to fight or to give up. This is a great story about the resiliency of human nature and our will to survive. This story has a lot of action and some really good twists to it. It is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats and turning the pages just to see where this one will go. It will also keep the reader guessing just whose side each character is on and who is who and just what are they fighting and for. This is the first in a trilogy that will have reader mourning how long it will be before the next one comes out. It will also have them eagerly awaiting the next release too. The plot in this one moves along very well and is sure to pull readers into this new world. The story is also done in first POV so while some might find this not to their taste if they try it they will not be disappointed in the least. It helps readers really get into the minds of the characters and help understand why they react the way they do. This one not to miss.
Tina_Chan More than 1 year ago
¿Title: The 5th Wave Author: Rick Yancey ¿Genre: YA Dystopian Review: Mind=blown.  Man oh man oh man. That was one hell of a book. And I mean that in a good way (in case you didn't catch my 5 star rating above). The 5th Wave, written by Rick Yancey, is definitely one of the top ten books I have read this year so far. This review may end up more like a (good) rant than my usual reviews. Characters: Ben, Evan and Sammy were nice characters. They aren't the main characters, but a good portion of the book was told from  their point of view. Likable enough, each with their own distinct voice and some even harbored a few surprises. But over all, nothing overly outstanding. Cassie (the main character)? LOVE LOVE LOVE Cassie!!! To be honest, I would've been perfectly happy if the whole  book was told from her point of view. I mean, seriously, sarcastic, kick-ass heroine? I'm in. Cassie's voice remind me of Max's voice  (from Maximum Ride, ¿written by James Patterson)--which I totally adore :-) ¿Opening chapters were enjoyable too. How can I resist a book with the words &quot;Alien are stupid&quot;? It's like saying &quot;no&quot; to a book with a  toilet seat on the cover (Flush, by Carl Hiaasen--another excellent book).  Which is to say: impossible. The chapters were short. There were--I kid you not--91 chapters in that book. Yes, The 5th Wave is a long novel...but still NINETY-ONE chapter!!! But it actually all worked  out for me. The chapters were cut at all the right places and kept the story moving along nicely. Plot was good overall as well. I wouldn't say it was stellar, but it was definitely well thought-out. I had a bit of a confusing time when the  author gave Cassie a flashback without warning, but I quickly got over it. The beginning and middle of the novel was excellent, but the end just kind of left me hanging. And I don't mean it in that sort of cliff hanger type of hanging...I just kind of read the last page and my thought was: &quot;Oh. That's all there is?&quot; I also admit the whole &quot;alien taking over a human body&quot; and &quot;normal human falling in love with  alien in human body&quot; concept was just a tiny tad cliche (The Host anyone?). But there was enough unique parts to the plot to keep me  satisfied. Cassie's narration outweighs all the nit-picky stuff I didn't particularly enjoy about The 5th Wave. That's how much I love Cassie. So, to sum up this book in a few words: thrilling, unique and totally worth it Likes:      *CASSIE (I might've  mentioned this, oh, I don't know...maybe three times already)      *Fast paced      *surprise twist 2/3 in Dislikes:        *The ending        *romance between Evan and Cassie seemed a bit too spontaneous 
74scruffy74 More than 1 year ago
Children are used to help aliens. Good story line, fine for teens and adults alike.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If your really into sci-fi - like the complex bug eyed and formula related stuff - then odds are this book isnt for u. However if ur looking for a good read that stays intresting and leaves u on your toes this is it... While reading the fifth wave and the books that followed i found myself constantly having to tell myself that " its just a book and im not living in an alien overrun planet so stop getting all hiped up" This book contains great morals and skilled writing plus a fantastic story that has u both overjoyed and mad at the characters choices but all in all lost in cassies world that leaves u in a rollercoaster of emotions and spirling in the twist and turn HAIL FOR * Cassie. Sam. Ben. Evan. Ringer. * AND BEEP BEEP U BEEPING ALIENS PS. Love this book with absolute certainty and if u watch the movie ... quick fact Evan is HOT
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG !!!!!! this book is so amazing..... u have to read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shealagh More than 1 year ago
I loved this book because it's the first book of its kind to actually address the fact that even though the government collapses and civilization dies, WOMEN STILL NEED TAMPONS. THANK YOU RICK YANCEY.
MelliFelz More than 1 year ago
I'm not a huge sci-fi reader. But this book blended the sci-fi element with the young adult and love elements. It's a page turner for me because of the strong relationships ! I love it and can't wait to read the second one !!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One word: WOW.. I hope there's a seque!! 4.5 stars