One of my goals for 2016 is to get back to my roots and read more books. As the great Frederick Douglass said, ‘Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.’ Books are a passion – nay, an obsession of mine and always have been. I grew up in the library and my parents fostered my love of reading and learning. With books I have lived a thousand lives, found myself absorbed in different worlds, and learned immensely more than I could have otherwise. I have a goal of reading 100 books this year, along with me!
‘The 5th Wave’ by Rick Yancey is a present day Alien Invasion thriller which reminds me of Stephanie Meyer’s ‘The Host’ with a mix of ‘War of the Worlds’ without the convenient susceptibility to human disease thing. It follows Cassie – a normal high school girl who has to learn to do extraordinary things in order to survive. Part of her survival depends on Evan, an alien who ‘awoke’ in the body of a boy becoming what Cassie terms a ‘Silencer’ because these human/aliens’ job is to kill all of the remaining humans in their territories. (This is part of the alien’s invasion plan – to break the humans before they kill them all). Trouble is, this alien never wanted to kill the humans, and in fact has fallen in love with Cassie. It is really interesting watching Cassie learn who he really is.
Cassie is determined to save her brother Sam, who has been taken to the equivelent of a death camp where human children are brought to be lied to and turned into soldiers to kill humans they think are actually aliens. Crazy enough yet? Cassie plans a great escape plan to free her brother and teams up with her old high school crush and his group of kid soldiers who have figured out the truth. This is book 1 of a trilogy and I can’t wait to read the rest of the books!
That’s book 7 of 100! Read all the reviews here.
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Book 7. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey