{Book Review} The 5th Wave

{Book Review} The 5th WaveThe 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Published by Penguin Books, Limited on 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction
Pages: 460
Source: Library
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The 1st Wave took out half a million people. The 2nd Wave put that number to shame. The 3rd Wave lasted a little longer. Twelve weeks . . . Four billion dead. In The 4th Wave, you can't trust that people are still people. And The 5th Wave? No one knows. But it's coming. On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs. Runs from the beings that only look human, who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope. Now Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up. www.The5thWaveIsComing.com

I absolutely loved The 5th Wave. I had been holding off reading it because of the daunting length of the book, but I downloaded the e-book which makes it so much easier for me to read long books. I’m not sure why I waited so long to read it, students have loved it, and now I am anxiously awaiting the movie adaptation and can’t wait to read The Infinite Sea. It has everything I love, adventure, romance and mystery. Cassie’s perseverance despite the overwhelming odds of defeating the aliens, finding her brother and just surviving make her a character to admire. These are some of my favorite quotes from the book. Read this book, you’ll love it!

“This silence is deafening. Why did they come billions of miles just to stare at us? It’s rude.”

“We’re here, and then we’re gone, and it’s not about the time we’re here, but what we do with the time.”

“I want him to touch me again. I want to feel his hands, as soft as clouds. But I’m afraid if he touches me, all seven billion billion billion atoms that make up my body will blow apart and scatter across the universe.”

“Don’t you get it yet? The minute we decide that one person doesn’t matter anymore, they’ve won.”

five-stars

{Book Review} Divergent

{Book Review} DivergentDivergent by Veronica Roth
Published by HarperCollins on February 28th 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Social Issues, Values & Virtues, Young Adult
Pages: 576
Source: Purchased
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In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her. Veronica Roth is the New York Times bestselling author of Divergent, the first in a trilogy of dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

My Thoughts: I absolutely loved Divergent! Veronica Roth built a world where each faction had their place in a society to make it a better place, but is it really better? Beatrice’s “Tris” decision to leave her own faction was heart wrenching. Roth expertly brought those feelings to the forefront and I can’t imagine myself having the courage to make the choice that Tris chose.  I admired her courage to choose her own path rather than the path that was “expected” of her by her parents.

“But I have to see my parents one more time. I look over my shoulder at the last second before I pass them, and immediately wish I hadn’t. My father’s eyes burn into mine with a look of accusation. At first, when I feel the heat behind my eyes, I think he’s found a way to set me on fire, to punish me for what I’ve done, but no – I’m about to cry.” p. 48

As Tris goes through the initiation process to become a Dauntless faction member she discovers her true self, something she had not been able to recognize or acknowledge as a member of Abnegation. The initiation process is extremely difficult and their trainer, Four, infuriates Tris at times but also intrigues her and what first starts out as frustration slowly develops into something more….

“He presses his palms to my face, his index fingers sliding behind my ears, and pulls my mouth to his.” p.373

Tris learns that there is something different about her and that difference could put her in real danger if discovered.  There is a deeper mystery going on within the factions. As she comes to the realization of what is happening, will she have the courage to fight what is happening?

Adventure, love, mystery…an amazing story and I can’t wait for Insurgent!

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