Book Three in Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave series is full of action. The fast moving story ties up some things while leaving room for readers to speculate what happens next and fan theories to grow. Cassi, Zombie, Ringer, Megan and Sam are trying to get Evan back. He has been taken by the human/aliens for reprogramming. We learn more about the silencers and who they are as the team comes in contact with them. The book is also largely about the evolution of Ringer as a character. She has the alien technology in her but she can how use it to help the humans instead of hurt them. Cassi also has an important role to play in saving what is left of humanity. The book is very fast paced and exciting. But in the mist of all the action, the characters are still able to reflect on what it means to be alive in this war zone. The idea is interesting that the aliens might see us as bugs that need to be exterminated. We do not usually feel bad if we wipe out a colony of ants or cockroaches. That gave me a lot to think about. Fans of the first two books will love this.
Some ideas for discussing with teens:
Cassi says she is having more cravings than a pregnant woman. If you were a survivor during the apocalypse, what would you crave the most?
Discuss what losing your ABCs would mean.
Discuss the relationship between Cassi and Evan. How he feeds her when she is hungry but it is very complex.
Discuss this passage, “The world used to contain two Bens, the real Ben who didn’t know I existed, and the imaginary Ben, who feds me popcorn with buttery fingers. Now there were three.” pp. 33
Discuss this passage, “Our true selves shimmered like a desert mirage forever receding into the distance.” pp. 34.
Discuss what it would mean to destroy culture.
Discuss Ringer’s bombshell.
During the book, did you think aliens were real or are the humans behind this?
What do you think will happen next with the survivors? Where do they go from here?