Tuesday, May 7, 2013


By: Rick Yancey
Published By: Penguin Aust
Released : 7th May 2013
Details: Paperback for review from Publisher, 460 Pages



Blurb : Goodreads

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.

BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

Because if I am the last one, then I am humanity. 

And if this is humanity’s last war, then I am the battlefield. 

Rick Yancey brings the freakin 'A' to Alien invasion. I could not put this book down. Rick will hold you captive with his brilliant, realistic use of several lead characters whose stories flow so well together.

This is a clever read. 

I brought 6 stars to this read as it went beyond the call of 5 stars, for me.

Rick will brain wash the reader with his smooth storytelling, he does not waste words. We, the collective reader will watch it play out like this AMAZING big budget movie at the cost of a book.

In saying that, Rick’s book has film rights sold, already! To that I say no shit Sherlock as seriously I just watched the movie in my head and I would sure as hell pay to see it on the big screen.

Amazing for Rick and well deserved.

Rick leaves no stone unturned in this installment. I understand  there are atleast 3 books in the series to be written.

I. Can’t. Wait.

This book is literally going to have a human invasion of readers of all ages, a captivated audience hollering praise for The 5th Wave.

It is a frighteningly realistic read.

16 year old Cassie has a brilliant voice. You really feel her will to survive and her intelligence. But you also feel her pain and loss like it was your own. She holds it all together better and more realistic than Bruce Willis in a Die Hard Movie.

I loved being in Cassie’s head and listening to the way she thinks things through, talks to herself after being alone with nobody to physically talk out loud to for weeks on end. She banters with herself.

Two spiral-bound notebooks, college ruled, one with a purple cover, the other red. My favourite colors, plus they’re my journals. It’s part of the hope thing. But if I am the last and there’s no one left to read them, maybe an alien will and they’ll know exactly what I think of them. In case you’re an alien and you’re reading this:


“Here I am! Come and get me, you son of a bitch!” 

She doesn’t want to rely on anyone, she trusts only her own instincts. They have kept her alive so far.

“Trusted that when it got dark there would be light. Trusted that when you wanted a fucking strawberry Frappuccino you could plop your ass in the car, drive down the street, and get yourself a fucking strawberry Frappuccino! Trusted...”

Her very human instincts will have her trusting in another.

Cassie really gets the reader involved in her survival, I was right there egging her on. Totally getting why she is feeling the way she is, totally getting her behaviour. Totally wanting her to survive . She is not an annoying character, she is a girl you want on your side, teaching you the ropes of survival. 

Cassie brings it.

Think of a character in apocalyptic movies that you would hang with to survive, Cassie is that person. She is Daryl Dixon in The Walking Dead. Well, you know what I mean.

I was held glued to my book by Rick’s words. Words are funny things, they can have no impact on a person, lead you to boredom and then they can be the words of Yancey, that leave you gripping your book and buzzing with adrenaline. You are Cassie’s shadow. You are a part of this invasion for the length of the book...and then some.

You are part of the other lead characters and their slice of the invasion and how it is impacting them.

This is a book where you can’t write the review straight away as you are buzzing, literally humming, vibrating after finishing it.

A thoroughly energetic, fast paced, page turner with a well thought out clever plot. If Rick was an Alien......an Other, I think us humans would be in a world of hurt as the lad can write a convincing realistic Alien apocalyptic takeover. I would not want him in charge of the little green people 

I am glad he is on our side as I don't think we would stand a chance.

I went through quite a few WT!! moments. Rick will be brutal with his war between Humans and Aliens. After all this is a war of survival.

I like to hold out hope that humans can overcome what looks like the near impossible.

But , there are always a few tricks up a barely surviving sides sleeve. Where there is a will, there will be a way.

Well, I hope so for all humanity.

The things I am not telling you in this review, OMG! They are a whole book of spoilers. So all I can really say is , GET THIS BOOK , it is YA Gold! Cassie is only the start of the great characters you will be living the invasion through.

Nobody is going down without a fight! And we get a front row seat.




  1. I'm not really into Aliens... but it sounds like Luxe fans will love this! I might be wrong though as I haven't read that series LOL... YA-Aliens automatically reminds me of Luxe or that 90's TV series Roswell (which I love!).

    Sounds good, I bloody love it when you go bananas over a book!

    1. Matey this is so far from Lux series...this is more ...The Walking Dead for Aliens, meets Falling Skies meets The Host. Just a general idea. It's a brutal war! Whahhhhh

      Oh yeah I go monkey over this one. It Rocks the Kazbah!



  2. Michelle. You just sold me this book. Seriously. I'm buying it. I adore aliens, but they're never done quite right, you know? I like cute, quirky aliens like the Luxens, and Roswell, but you are comparing this to The Walking Dead and Falling Skies? Yes, please! I adored The Host, but that was never really about the danger of the aliens. Not really, anyway. This. This! It sounds incredible. I hadn't thought it sounded any different than the other alien books I've seen, but you've convinced me! Love this review, if you hadn't guessed :)

    Jesse @ Pretty In Fiction

    1. Hi Jesse,

      Thanks hun. I had a lot of trouble not saying any spoilers. So my review really understates this book. Lordy! This was a really brilliant read. I am rather keen for you to read it and then read your review :)

      Rick is a very exciting writer!!!



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