The Passage meets The Hunger Games in a gripping new series from Carnegie-shortlisted Rick Yancey. 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. 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, until Cassie meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope for rescuing her brother and even saving herself. Now she must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up. Cassie Sullivan gets up.
I have waited a long time to read this book. I am trying to conquer my TBR pile and started with this one immediately. This book kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I loved Cassie's character. The struggles she has are real. The heartache she has felt is real. If alien's took over the planet I think it would be a lot like this. Different waves until everyone on Earth is dead. Well, almost everyone. Cassie has lost everyone and everything. She is living in the woods in a tent searching for her brother who was taken by soldiers. At least she thought they were soldiers. That's the thing about The Other's. They have made life impossible. She can't trust anyone and feels completely alone in this. This book jumps back and forth between different POV's of different people in different places. Will Cassie find her brother? Will she even make it that far with the Silencers out there searching for the remaining humans?
Evan was a great character to add in. Cassie has never really had a boyfriend. She has a boy she really liked but, after the plague she assumed he was dead. Evan is her savior. He rescued her. Should she trust this strange new guy? Can you really even trust anyone out there? Cassie doesn't really have a choice. Without him she will die. Without him she will never get her brother back. There is some romance between them but, when an alien apocalypse is happening there isn't much time for romance. Evan has a secret however. A very big secret that changes everything.
Nugget and Zombie's parts of the story were very fun to read as well. So much happening around the world that they don't know about. They were on the brink of a huge secret. One that would cause this war to tip in a different direction.
I really liked this book and will be buying the second one immediately. I am a big fan of alien books and this one was perfect. I can't wait to see what happens from here!