Series: The 5th Wave #2
Published by Putnam Juvenile on September 16th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Format: Audiobook, Hardcover
Narrator: Phoebe Strole, Ben Yannette
Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
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How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.
Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.
Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.
I listened to this on audio, just like I did for the first book in the series. I really love the female narrator, Phoebe Strole. The male narrator is different in this book compared to the first one, but I enjoyed his narration as well. I hardly touched the physical book during this read because I enjoyed the audiobook so much. However, there were a few scenes I found confusing and had to refer to the text to completely understand what was going on. View Spoiler »That scene where Ringer and Razor are using the baseball analogy to speak in code?? So confusing on audio haha. I’m not sure I completely understood even after reading the text though. « Hide Spoiler
I find this apocalyptic world so fascinating! It’s so cut throat and dangerous to live in. This sounds sadistic, but I think it’s so interesting to create a world where you can’t trust anybody else – it’s just such an interesting concept to explore. The summary isn’t kidding when it talks about taking away our humanity. The aliens in this series have taken our humanity away by making it so you can’t trust that another person is really human and won’t hurt you – even children. What a terrible feeling to not be able to trust ANYBODY. It would be so lonely living in a world like that.
We get many more POVs in this book. While we do see some aspects from Cassie and Evan’s POVs, we also get other POVs. A large portion of the book is told from Ringer’s POV. As much as I enjoyed Cassie and Evan from the first book, I found Ringer to be a very interesting perspective. She is such a strong character! Her personality is very different from Cassie’s and I found her perspective to be refreshing. There is a different couple in this book as the central romance story line and I really enjoyed that as well – totally shipped it!
Just like the first book, I found the plot of this book to be fast paced and action packed. It was such a page turner! The chapters are typically short as well (and most ending with a cliffhanger!), which always helps me to keep reading. There were so many exciting moments and plots twist, especially at the end of the story, that I could hardly believe it. View Spoiler »OMG those scenes at the end when Ringer escapes – my heart was in my throat and I was in disbelief in how it went. Not at all what I was expecting. « Hide Spoiler I know a lot of other readers felt this book suffered from second book syndrome or that not much happened in it. I honestly don’t feel that way at all! I feel like so much happened in this book, and I was so excited to continue the series after I finished it.
Overall, I really loved this book! I loved the different character perspectives we are introduced to and I found the plot to be exciting and full of unexpected twists and turns. I really enjoyed the narrators and definitely recommend this book on audio if you like audiobooks. I recommend this book (and series) to sci-fi lovers, especially if you enjoy alien invasions and post apocalyptic settings.