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The story of an alien invasion has been depicted in many books, but one book that stood out was The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. Cassie Sullivan, a 16 year old girl is the protagonist of the book in present day Dayton, Ohio.  The 5th Wave starts out with a flashback of Cassie’s life before the alien Invasion. Everything was normal, she attended high school but all of a sudden, when the aliens wiped out their technology, everything changed. The aliens attacked in waves to eradicate the human species. Each wave brings humans closer and closer to the Stone Age. The waves hit the humans in different ways such as widespread disease. But the difficult characteristic of these aliens is that they can camouflage to appear like humans. Cassie lives with her five year old brother (Sam), and dad. An epidemic disease plunged Cassie’s mom to death. This family uses their instincts and abilities to survive inevitable doom. Their dad realizes that their location, Cassie’s home, is not safe and they should transport to secure military camps. Cassie uses her mental and physical abilities to fight her way through the alien invasion and brighten the chances of survival.

Rick Yancey has a very unique writing style. He uses action filled adjectives and verbs, each word creating suspense and slowly revealing the plot. Rick Yancey uses his settings has a primary component for his book. For example, when Cassie enters the woods, he describes the scenery from every stick and branch. Early on in the book, when the alien attacks Cassie, shooting her in the leg, she uses the stick to save her life. Rick Yancey uses very descriptive words to express the character’s thoughts and feelings. I would recommend this book to kids who are older than the age of 13 because of the action and adventure instilled. Also, the author uses 5 star vocabulary which is vital to the story. I would rate this book 3.5 out of 5 because composition of the book. The author did a fantastic job fabricating suspenseful rising action events. But, they are part of the falling action and resolution that are not necessary for the plot. But overall, this is a very unique and thrilling book.

Check out The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey from the Fairfax County Public Libraries 

Book Review by Akhil Marapaka

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