By Rick Yancey
Putnam Juvenile, 2013
Audience: Older Teens
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.
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The best book I've read since The Hunger Games. Well, and Anna and the French Kiss.
Seriously - You do not want to miss this one. It's dark like The Hunger Games, but different in every other way. It's fantastic. It's about an alien apocalypse. I don't usually like books about aliens, so that should tell you something right there. I hope this book becomes very popular and that a lot of people read it. It had everything - creepiness, romance, action, mystery. Love it.
Read it even if this isn't your usual type of book. It's definitely worth a try! I'm so lucky I got a galley of this. I can't WAIT to buy my printed copy.
P.S. Don't pay attention to comparisons to The Passage. I didn't get very far in that book at all.