The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Upon discovering that this book is just the first planned for a series, I must admit I was a bit deflated.  I liked the book well enough to give it 3 out of 5 stars but I am ready to read something a little more uplifting.  Once again, pretty much the entire world has been wiped out by aliens (at least the way they did it was an original idea) and one girl has to try to find her brother.  Or she hopes to find her brother because he may be dead.  The book had the usual violence (not as graphic as hunger games) but what it lacked in graphic violence it made up for in graphic language.  I get that the world is ending but perhaps the point could still be made with fewer swear words.  And I was bored in the beginning, and my students know how I feel about being bored, so hmmm, not sure if this one is worth the time.

Bottom line:  I will be keeping this one home rather than placing it in my classroom library.  It was good but the language to me is not worth it, I would rather have the kids read better written books.

From Goodreads:
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, and 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, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.


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