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The 5th Wave Review

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In a world where a mysterious alien race has besieged Earth- survival is the ultimate goal. 95% of the world’s population was not able to achieve this goal; Cassie Sullivan is one of the “lucky” ones. The “others,”as the humans call them, set up five waves to eradicate the human race. Surviving the first wave wasn’t too difficult, it was, after all, just an EMP strike. The second wave really shook the world, literally. The aliens set the Earth’s tectonic plates in motion, causing thousands of off-the-chart earthquakes. The tsunamis that spurred from these quakes were detrimental; killing about 50 percent of the world’s overall population. The third wave proved to be the most emotionally devastating. A gruesome plague- created by the aliens of course- afflicted roughly 97 percent of the remaining four billion people. The virus was spread by various types of the world’s bird population. Humans that did manage to live through the third wave wish they hadn’t; the fourth wave would wither away an already ravaged human population. The fourth wave would enlighten humans on something: aliens were walking among them, and the aliens were slaughtering any prevailing humans. “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” (Yancey). Some people may ask what the fifth wave entails, well to find out, those people have to read the book.
The 5th Wave is written in sections, differing the viewpoint at each new section. Cassie, the main protagonist, constitutes most of the sections. Cassie’s crush since grade school, Ben Parish, is the other major viewpoint in the book.
Cassiopeia Marie Sullivan, 16 years old, has seen the horrors of all four waves; she even experienced the 4th wave first hand. Her mother died from the 3rd wave- the plague. Her father was gunned down by traitorous military members. Her five year old brother, Sammy, was taken by the very people who killed her father. The book relives the horrors Cassie faced from the first four waves; while vividly explaining the struggles she must endure to save her little brother from the hands of aliens. Little does Cassie know, there is one person who is willing to risk his life to help her save her brother, Evan Walker. ...

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