THE 5th WAVE
Yancey’s world is so realistic, yet so different from ours, that readers will forget they even hold a book in their hands. The alien-controlled universe is the high point of the novel, hands down. Not even the smallest detail is left out. The characters are great, too; especially Cassie, her little brother and the soldier named Zombie. Their bravery is awe-inspiring, and readers will love them for it. The first third of the novel is a little slow, but stick with it — you will not be disappointed.
After the first wave, most of the world’s human population died. After the fourth wave, only the strongest — and perhaps unluckiest — remain alive. Cassie is one of those few, and not by chance. She trusts her instincts and does everything necessary to stay alive, because she is no use to her missing little brother any other way. She nearly meets her end, but is saved by the mysterious Evan Walker — who may be able to help her find her brother. But in a world where the enemy looks just like the prey, can Cassie trust anyone? She must choose quickly, because the 5th wave is just beginning. (PUTNAM, May, 457 pp., $18.99, ISBN: 9780399162411, HC, 12 & Up)