The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. May 2013. 9780399162411. Gr. 9-12
It has been a while since we declared a book a Promising Bloom, but we just can’t resist with Rick Yancey’s upcoming book, The 5th Wave. It doesn’t come out until May 2013, so you have a few months to wait. Once you get your hands on it, though, you won’t want to put it down. I know I didn’t.
The book begins with a quote from Stephen Hawking:
“If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.”
Forget all alien movies you’ve seen or the science fiction novels you’ve read about the aliens we’d like to visit us. In The 5th Wave, the aliens aren’t cute or nice. They aren’t here to make friends with us or share their superior technology. They are here to destroy us, and they seem to know just how to do it. As each wave of attack devastates the earth’s population, the survivors are forced to remake their lives with whatever is left. The first wave left them without the technology on which they’ve come to rely. The second and third waves took many lives and homes. Cassie has managed to stay alive through each wave, but now she’s on her own with no one to trust. You can’t trust anyone anymore, not after the fourth wave.
This is a science-fiction-adventure-thriller that will have wide appeal among teens looking for action. But it’s also a novel about courage, love, and identity that explores big questions about what it means to be human.
Don’t want to wait until May to read it? We have good news! We have two signed advance copies to give away to Books in Bloom readers!
- To enter, leave a comment on this post with your favorite alien or UFO related book or movie
- Contest is open until midnight tonight (Thursday, February 7th)
- We’ll choose two winners on Friday morning with help from Random.org