What would you do if you didn’t know who was an alien and who was not?

This is the dilemma Cassie faces in the 5th Wave, one of my favourite Sci-Fi books of the last couple of years.

“The Passage meets The Hunger Games in The 5th Wave – a gripping new series from Carnegie-shortlisted Rick Yancey.

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Took out half a million people.


Put that number to shame.


Lasted a little longer. Twelve weeks . . . Four billion dead.


You can’t trust that people are still people.


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.”

I read this book on at the back of a recommendation from my MLitt tutor at Glasgow Uni. She said it was very like a book I was working on, so I got stuck in.

From scene one, you’re slung. The image of her and the crucifix soldier lived with me long after reading the book. It was a classic what-would-you-do? moment…Cassie’s character grips your heart and drags you through a hellish world where no-one knows who to trust.

The alternative POV between her and Ben Parish, a well inverted stereotype of a high school jock, is kept tense and filled with tension and doubt, even when it slips into backstory mode.

If you’ve only watched the film, then do yourself a huge favour and grab the book, which is infinitely more engaging, compelling and really grabs you and hauls you through this whopper of a book!