Afraid of a zombie apocalypse? Well try an alien apocalypse… I think i'll take my chances with the zombies!
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey is set in the middle of an alien apocalypse, and the aliens have set to destroy earth in 5 waves. In the start of the book, 4 of the waves have already taken place, and we are following the main character Cassie as she explains what happened to her and her family within the waves. Without being spoilery, the book follows her journey of trying to get back to her younger brother who was taken to a camp that she believes is being run by the invaders.
I was thrilled to dive into this book, as I love a good survival book, and for the most part is did live up to expectation. Yancey did a great job of developing the main character, and I loved that while she was a fairly young girl, she was extremely tough. Nothing was going to stop her in her journey to find her brother. I knew in this book Cassie would either find her brother or die trying. I feel Yancey did a fantastic job with all of the characters in the book, and there were very few that I just didn't care for.
Yancey also did a wonderful job at really making me fear something like this actually happening. The aliens in this book are way more advanced than the current world, and throughout the book I was constantly asking myself if I could really trust some of the characters just like Cassie was. You never really knew who was going to be a good guy and who wasn't. That in itself made the story that much more intriguing.
The one thing I did not like about the book is the romance aspect. Cassie meets a boy around midway through the book, and I overall thought there romance was slightly odd. I never trusted him throughout most of the book, and then when i finally do trust him at the end of the book the story ends with me thinking there will be a love triangle in the sequel. Love triangles can get extremely irritating if not done right. I had a really hard time getting through the middle section of the book due to the slow romance parts.
Other than that I thought the book was very good, and I look forward to seeing it in movie form! I think it is really going to freak me out! Bring on the zombies... aliens can just stay where they are!
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We Were Liars is probably the most interesting, mysterious, and creepy contemporary book I have read in a long time. The story is told by a girl named Cadence Sinclair, and every summer she and her mother go to a private island owned by the Sinclair family. The cousins and aunts join them, and they each have there own house they stay in while they are there. Needless to say the family is loaded, and this is where a lot of our controversy comes into play in the story. While on the island, Cadence clings her cousins, Johnny and Mirene, and Johnny's best friend Gat that comes with him each year. Together they are known as the liars, and together a lot of craziness ensues. That is all I really want to say about this book without spoiling it or giving off too much information.
I personally feel it is better to go into this book not knowing much about it. It adds to the excitement and mystery behind finding out what is actually going on in the story. When I originally started reading the book I intended to give it a 4 out of 5 stars, however once I hit the twist of the story my rating immediately increased.
E. Lockhart did a fantastic job of taking contemporary to a different level with this book. There were certain points in this book where i literally gasped out loud in shock as she completely blew my mind with the pure genius of the story. I couldn't figure out whether to be sad or in awe of the ending. When an author does this for me they have done something different..and brilliant. Would I read this book again? Probably not. I am, however, grateful that I read this book one time and was able to experience the feels that this book brought on without being previously spoiled. If you are interested in reading a stand alone contemporary that is not a summery love story, then I would certainly say this book is for you. I highly recommend reading this!
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