The 5th Wave : The 5th Wave

  • by Rick Yancey
  • Narrated by Phoebe Strole, Brandon Espinoza
  • Series: The 5th Wave
  • 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The downloadable, digital audiobook edition of Rick Yancey’s gripping epic, read by the actors Phoebe Strole and Brandon Espinoza.
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.
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, until Cassie meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope for rescuing her brother and even saving herself. Now she must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up. Cassie Sullivan gets up.

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I suspect it will split opinions

I've got to say I liked it, I'm glad I read it, but I suspect this one will split opinions. This is a decent story with the narration split primarily between two of the young, teenage protagonists. And this is the crux I think of why some will like it and some will struggle. If you're comfortable with the teen-movie like delivery of the narrators then I think you will enjoy it very much. It's a gripping story that, consistent with the apocalyptic theme pulls few punches.

I think those who find the current teen-movie style a little grating may not find this so easy to like. Yes, okay I admit it I'm one of those who are maybe a generation or two older so it's not my favourite style and it did grate on me at times. But, this is the story of young adults cast into a tough situation so it makes eminent sense to write it this way and while it's been some time since I felt qualified to comment on how a teenager thinks these days it felt realistic enough to me. The characters, particularly Cassie, trying to come to terms with all the normal things teenagers have to get to grips with on top of the slight inconvenience of an alien invasion.

There are some clever twists and turns in the plot, plenty of points at which you are left guessing, occasional humour and some good interplay between the characters giving it enough depth to be entertaining, exciting and a worthy piece of entertainment. I don't see it winning any prizes but it's a very decent listen.

Hormonal teenagers with M16 assault rifles . . . you don't need the aliens to make this one scary for us parents :-)

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- Simon

Enjoyable and a bit different.

Wasn't expecting much here as it's not something I would normally listen to and it was a sale item. But I enjoyed it and recommend it.
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- Steve S

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-05-2013
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd