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Yancey, Rick.
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2013

(4 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

 1st  wave, lights out. 2nd wave, surf’s up. 3rd wave, pestilence. 4th wave, silencer. Four different attacks. Four different ways to lead to our death. The ways that they have tried to destroy us. The Others. Aliens from another world that have come to kill us all and take the Earth as their own. Slowly they have broken down the bonds of humanity to the point that trust is no longer an option. But will humanity give up so easily?
(Vermont Green Mountain Book Award, 2015)

Booktalk #2

Forget about flying saucers, little green men, giant spider machines or cute little aliens trying to phone home.  The real invasion came in waves. Cassie is a normal 16 year old high school girl -- friends and school and a massive crush on Ben Parish, the star football player who doesn't know she's alive.  Then the power goes out (the 1st Wave), the oceans rise (the 2nd Wave), the plague strikes (the 3rd Wave).  After losing her mom to the plague, her brother Sammy is taken away to God knows where and her father killed, Cassie learns that there are only two rules that matter - 1) Trust no one and 2) the only way to stay alive is to stay alone.  She spends her days trying to avoid the Silencers (The 4th Wave) - the snipers picking off careless survivors, one by one - and trying to find her brother.  What will the 5th Wave bring?

Then she meets Evan.  He saved her life, or did he? Something about him just doesn't seem right.  His story just doesn't ring true, and he seems to know way too much about her.  Can she trust him to help her rescue her brother?  Is Evan what he appears to be or could he be one of The Others? Meanwhile, children are being microchipped, given uniforms and guns and assigned to squads - a children's army sent out to kill the alien invaders.

Rick Yancey has written a story of a new America where children and teens are forced to grow up too fast.  Where the only important possessions are an M16, a knife, food and water.  Where everyone is suspect.  Cassie, Evan, Ben, and the others must to make difficult choices in order to stay alive.  At times violent, suspenseful, and even a bit of a romance, The 5th Wave is a story of strength, resilience, and, survival that will keep you guessing to the very end.  (Booktalk by Diane Ferbrache, Teacher-Librarian, Hazen High School, Renton, WA
, Evergreen Book Award)

Booktalk #3

Mother ship appears. Alien invasion begins. Wave 1 electromagnetic pulse voids all machine functions. Wave 2 tsunamis wipe out coastal cities. Wave 3 the Red Death plague is spread by birds. Wave 4 Silencers – humans implanted with alien fetuses. Do you even want to know what the 5th Wave is? Sixteen year old Cassie has lost her family and travels with her essentials – a luger, an M-16, ammo, and a Bowie knife. She lost her mother in the 3rd wave and her father in the 4th. She doesn’t know if her little brother is still alive. Her high school crush has turned Zombie paramilitary killer. Billions are dead. It’s non-stop action trying to survive the brutal new world where no one and nothing can be trusted. (Prepared by: Alison Patrick, Eastside High School, , SCASL Young Adult Book Award, 2016)

Booktalk #4

Aliens have invaded Earth successfully. No one saw it coming, and humanity didn’t have a chance to prepare for the attack that came in four well-planned parts. All that remains to come now is the fifth wave, the final stage of the invasion that will wipe out the few remaining humans. Among the survivors are Cassie, a girl who is barely surviving as she searches for her little brother, and Zombie, a former athlete who is now training as part of the last resistance against the aliens. (Booktalk by the Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Committee)

SUBJECTS:     Extraterrestrial beings -- Fiction.
                        Survival -- Fiction.
                        War -- Fiction.
                        Science fiction.
                        War stories.

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