For Cassie Sullivan and the rest of Earth’s remaining human survivors, the situation was already desperate when the 5th Wave hit. It’s about to get worse.
No one yet knows the depths to which Earth’s conquerors—the Others—will sink in order to rid the Earth of the human infestation, nor have they guessed the heights to which the human spirit can reach. Characters introduced in Book One will come to the fore—and others will face the ultimate test.
This book was painful. It would have less painful if Rick Yancey just plucked my heart out of my chest and stomped on it. It was painful – the good kind of painful. I thought The 5th Wave was horrific enough, but this one took the cake in the feels department. By the end of the book, I was ready to cry on the floor but only refrained from doing so because I was in a train and didn’t want to subject my co-passengers to the sight of a book nerd in pain.
The story begins with a horrific event – the kind that gives you chills and makes you wonder what kind of new heartbreak is going to ensue. If turning kids into soldiers wasn’t enough, now we have kids being used in the 5th wave to annihilate the rest of the survivors. The gang is holed up in an abandoned hotel near the camp, and told from alternating views of Ringer (so badass!) and Cassie (badassier!), we see the group being split and return of Evan (I never had a doubt that he was dead, anyway). Ben aka Zombie is being repeatedly pushed to his limits by the alien assault tactics, but a kid being used – he breaks. Ringer is trying to solve the puzzle of Evan and Silencers like him – and she has to learn what is worth fighting for. I won’t give away the details but the Silencers and Others are pretty much the major arc of the story, and Ringer gets front rows seats to the reveal.
A new character, Razor, appears, and since the moment he is described, you know he is potential love interest. Ringer is saved by him and they form a bond, and ultimately he does the heroic thing. As much heartbreaking that was, other things in the book are much more shocking. There is another silencer, who is kinda like Evan’s ex, who comes into the picture, and let’s just say she is insane. The book repeatedly challenges every notion and canon truth that existed during the first one, and Ringer is the POV through which much of the story comes out in it’s gory details. I need not go into the technicalities of writing and characterization and plot lines, whatever, because this book was simply awesome in all aspects. I only got confused in one place – as to where the Silencers gained their upgrade. Did they like have a Silencer boot camp or something? Overall, an amazing sci-fi book, so realistic and so immersive, that it is highly recommended.
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