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Friday, April 6, 2018

#Audiobook #Review: 4 out of 5 stars for The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey @RickYancey @LLAudiobooks

TITLE: The 5th Wave
AUTHOR: Rick Yancey
NARRATORS: Brandon Espinoza and Phoebe Strole
PUBLISHER: Listening Library
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 12 hrs and 45 mins
GENRE: Young Adult, Science Fiction/Dystopia
ISBN: 9781624068676
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.


I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook for voluntary review consideration.

I've had this book on my TBR for years. Now that the movie is on Netflix, I figured it was a good time to finally read it!

In the prologue which takes place in 1995, a shadow comes for a sleeping pregnant woman. The intruder invades the woman's body but does so without breaking the skin, and it gets inside the sleeping baby somehow. It will remain asleep for several years, even after the baby is born.

Then the story moves forward in time. From the point of view of a teenager named Cassie, we learn that Earth was invaded by aliens five months ago. The decimation is described in waves. About ten days before the 1st Wave, satellite pictures showed the incoming mothership. It caused mass mayhem and panic, with Earth's inhabitants not knowing what to expect. During the 1st Wave, an electromagnetic pulse lasting just a few seconds was unleashed which put an end to technology (no power, no phones, no cars). Approximately half a million people were killed. The 2nd Wave lasted about a day, which resulted in tsunamis wiping out everything on the coast. The 3rd Wave lasted about 12 weeks, with a contagion that had a kill-rate of 97%. The aliens, known as the Others, then walked among the humans and killed any humans remaining. They were called Silencers, and we learn more about them as the book progresses.

After the 4th Wave, the humans did not know who to trust because the Silencers look just like them. Most people were forced into isolation and had to become fully self-sufficient. 

I like Cassie! She's a fighter. What's not to like about a girl who totes around an M-16? Her parents are dead, and she last saw her little brother being taken away on a school bus with other safety, as the adults were told. Yup, we find out later that this was another lie. So, Cassie is hellbent on finding her little brother at all costs. When she's injured, she is nursed back to health by a guy named Evan, who also isn't who he appears to be. But he has inside information and helps Cassie get to Camp Haven, where she hopes to find her brother.

I love apocalyptic novels, and it's been so long since I've read one. I've forgotten how much I love the genre, and this book was non-stop action. Yancey is a new-to-me author, but he has me hooked and I can't wait to read the next book in the series, The Infinite Sea. The upside of waiting so long to start this series is that all the books are published and I can devour them all!

This audiobook is dually narrated by Phoebe Strole and Brandon Espinoza, and I enjoyed how they portrayed the characters. They both held my attention from start to finish, and I'll listen to the rest of the audiobooks in the series! Here is a sample of the narration:


4 stars!! I really enjoyed it, and you should put it on your TBR list if you enjoy science fiction. Thanks again to Listening Library for the opportunity to review this audiobook!

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