The 5th Wave Audiobook Review

The 5th WaveMy Rating: ★★★★★

Author: Rick Yancey

Narrator: Phoebe Strole and Brandon Espinoza

Length: 8 hrs., 34 mins.

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Publisher’s Summary: After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: Trust no one. Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave.

On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, until Cassie meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope for rescuing her brother and even saving herself. Now she must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up. Cassie Sullivan gets up.

©2013 Rick Yancey (P)2013 Penguin Books Limited

My Review:

The 1st Wave: Lights Out

The 2nd Wave: Surf’s Up

The 3rd Wave: Pestilence

The 4th Wave: Silencer

The 5th Wave… is coming and teenager Cassie is bracing for the ride of her life. Her only living relative is her little brother Sammy and he’s been carted away on a bus to “safety”. She was left behind… After her mother died and her father was killed she’s on her own and determined to reunite with her brother.

After the 1st Wave, Cassie’s parents instilled one important rule, trust no one. The “others” were coming and she knew she was in the fight of her life when her dad handed her an M-16. Her brother was taken away, her dad was shot and she’s hiding in the woods. “Cassie, do you know who to trust in times of  war?”

Evan Walker is more than meets the eye and I enjoyed his character and story. Cassie knows something isn’t right, but she’s having a hard time putting her finger on it. He hasn’t killed her yet… but why? She killed someone, the crucifix solider. Why is she still alive? She shouldn’t be near him, to stay alone is to stay alive. And why in the hell is she still dragging around “Bear”?

Can I give this audiobook 100 stars?? Trust me, if it was possible, you’d see 100 pretty little stars at the top! Bestselling author Rick Yancey has introduced us to an amazing new series that will knock your socks off.

The 5th Wave has many similarities to The Hunger Games, but so many differences. Aliens and drones aren’t the only differences! The 5th Wave’s scene is set to current times, texting, cell phones, school, friends, language  etc. When the lights go out, Cassie isn’t only annoyed, she’s confused when her cell phone doesn’t work and the cars won’t move. We know about power grids, we know about life and we sure as hell know about death. Everyone’s dead, right? Except Cassie. And maybe Sams.

This book was amazing. I loved the characters, the constant action and the thrilling plot. I’m almost inclined to say it was better than The Hunger Games! I’ll warn you though, the book ends with a cliffhanger and I’m still on pins and needles; I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

If you’re looking to be thrilled like you were with The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay, snatch this one up now!

Narrator Review: Phoebe Strole and Brandon Espinoza both did a wonderful job of narrating The 5th Wave. When emotion ran high in this audiobook, you could feel it in their voices and can easily see yourself in the book. Phoebe was my clear favorite and I’d love to listen to more of her work!

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this audiobook from the publisher. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone. I only recommend books I think others would truly enjoy.

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