Friday, September 6, 2013
The Twilight of Humanity?
THE 5TH WAVE by Rick Yancey. Putnam, 2013.
Printz Honor Medalist (for THE MNSTRUMOLOGIST), Yancey turns his eyes from the past to the future and to the skies. An alien culture has attacked Earth. The first four waves of the attack have left few of the population alive. Those unfortunate few have learned one important lesson: trust no one. Cassie has lost her parents, and now her little brother has been taken away by the military for his protection. She is unsure how safe he will be and vows to get him back. As she journeys toward the place she believes the children to be held, she encounters a sniper and later a savior. Evan rescues her, but Cassie cannot fully trust Evan. He could very well be the same sniper who tried to take her life. Meanwhile, back at the Army base, some of the children are learning new skills, skills that are intended to help them battle against the "others." But can even their leaders be trusted? Yancey has penned a chilling account of what war and suspicion can do to the survivors. Detailed, engrossing, surprising: Yancey will draw readers and take them on a wild ride.