Exciting End To The 5th Wave Trilogy.

 

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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?

Strong New Characters And Plot Twists In Book 2 Of The 5th Wave Series.

The Infinite Sea (The Fifth Wave #2)The book opens with a terrifying scene where the alien’s latest plan catches a group of humans unaware, using the most innocent as a weapon.  Cassie, her brother and her crew have escaped the aliens with the help of Evan Walker.   They are now holed up in an abandoned hotel.  Evan made his escape as well.  But he is found by someone he would rather not see, another alien posing as a human he knows all too well.  Badly injured, he has to get away from Grace, the other alien who suspects he might be a traitor and get back to Cassie.  Evan’s relationship with Grace is one of the more interesting aspects of the book.  They both realized what they really were when they met at a fair.  The two knew what was to come and had a strange sort of relationship which made them both feel less alone.  This middle book in the trilogy examines how love for another can make a person vulnerable. I think this is the main theme of book 2.   We see it over and over again between Teacup, Razor and Ringer, who is a main character in this story.  Ringer is captured and Vosch tries to “change” her to become more like them.  This process is very interesting and is a large chunk of the book.  The element of risk on the alien’s part is another strong theme in the book.  Then a huge plot bomb is dropped that could change everything we know so far.  The Infinite Sea was a very satisfying read.  I can’t wait for the conclusion!

 

Some ideas for discussing with teens:

Discuss the opening scene and what that predicts for the rest of the book.

Talk about Zombie and Ringers conversation about things getting back to normal when there is a tardy bell.  pg. 6

Discuss when Ringer says to herself, “I don’t panic.  I don’t bolt like a frightened gazelle.  I am more than the sum of my fear.”  pg. 15

Discuss Evan’s relationship with Grace.  How are they different?  How do they view humanity differently?

Discuss Poundcake’s back story.

How has Sam changed since The 5th Wave?

Discuss Ringer’s transformation and her relationship with Razor.

Discuss this passage about Ringer: “After my father died, I built a fortress safe and strong to last a thousand years.  A mighty stronghold that crumbles with a kiss.” pg. 276

Discuss Vincit qui patitur.

Discuss the riddle of the rocks.

Discuss this passage about love.  Ringer: “Love is the only thing in the universe that’s unpredictable.”  Vosch: “Love’s trajectory is entirely predictable.”

Why do you think Vosch does what he does now that you know the truth about what he really is?

 

 

 

 

The 5th Wave Is One Of The Best Books Of 2013!

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)

I heard a great deal of buzz about this book and am happy to say it surpassed my expectations!  This is an excellent read for fans of The Hunger Games trilogy. The story begins with Cassie in the woods.  She is alone.  It is quiet… too quiet.  The setting reminds me of The Walking Dead.  Everyone she loves is dead or missing.  She wonders if she is the last human on earth and the quiet is so intense that she feels she can hear the stars scraping together.  Aliens who wait in a ship floating serenely in the atmosphere have killed most of mankind in a series of waves which included turning off all electricity and a plague that killed 97% of the population.  Those who survived are hunted by stealth killers called silencers.  Will there be a 5th wave?  What do the aliens have planned next.  You would think Cassie would just give up.  But she needs to find her little brother and that keeps her going.  This book is told in different sections with different points of view.  The storytelling grabbed me immediately and I hated to put it down.  The aliens could be anywhere.  We have no idea what they look like.  They could look human but no one is sure.  The humans can only assume they are being wiped out so the aliens can move in.  We hear points of view from Cassie, her little brother Sammy, a boy she knew in high school who is now a soldier and a man who may or may not be entirely human.  This book has it all, action, survival and some romance.  There is something for everyone here.  I am thrilled it is a series because I miss the characters and want to know more.

Ideas for discussing with teens:

Discuss page 51 where Cassie talks about how her dad “pushed back against the darkness.”

Which books would you keep with you if you could only take two?

What would you keep in you backpack?

What would you have done at the beginning of the book when Cassie killed the man in the store and found out he only had a crucifix in his hand?

Discuss the Mayfly chapter and what happens between Cassie and Evan.

Discuss when Tank said, “The chain is only as strong as the weakest link.  Only the strong survive.” (pg 237)

Discuss when Evan said, “you can’t make yourself believe anything.  But you can let yourself believe.  You can allow yourself to trust.” (pg 280)

Discuss when Zombie (Ben) said, “By killing us, they showed us the idiocy of stuff.  The guy who owned this BMW?  He’s in the same place as the woman who owned the Kia.”

Discuss when Cassie sees Ben again for the first time.

Discuss this passage, “The world holds its breath, because there’s really no guarantee that the sun will rise.  That there was a yesterday doesn’t mean there will be a tomorrow.” (pg 456)