Saturday, October 12, 2013

12: Sci-Fi Saturday - The 5th Wave

This one was another sister recommendation.  Don't you love it when people tell you you've got to read what they just read?  I do.  Like I've said before:  Book recommendations are the best gifts.

So, anyway, The 5th Wave .  I read it solely on trust of my sister's good word.  Because it's an alien book.  And I have zero interest in alien books.  I wasn't sure if she could be trusted, because, after all, she loves zombies and werewolves and vampires too.  And I have no interest in them either.  But she was right, I loved it anyway.  Mostly because Rick Yancey knows how to write a great sentence, and a wonderful paragraph, and how to properly end a chapter with a perfect phrase.  His writing won me over immediately.  Sometimes I appreciate good writing more than the story itself...and it's the only way I can read sci-fi.

While the plot isn't perfect, The 5th Wave kept me reading and flipping at rapid pace.  I enjoyed the ambiguity the story structure created.  Also, I love when an author stretches my boundaries.  Suzanne Collins made me shed a tear over a cockroach in Gregor the Overlander .  Mary Twomey made me care about a wombat in The Saga of the Spheres . And kudos to Rick Yancey, who might have given me a soft spot for an alien.

The synopsis: Read it.  After you do, the following things will make you happy:

1.)  Good news:  There is a Book #2 coming.  The Infinite Sea, May 2014.
2.)  Rumor:  It seems that this is another YA novel that may be hitting the big screen.
3.)  Cool fact:  If you look closely at the cover, you will see an owl image in the white space of the tree silhouettes.  I love good design.

Have you ever had a book change your opinion of a genre? 
a people group?  Or a phobia?

Click {here} to read Day 13: No wonder I love him.

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the series from the beginning

1 comment:

  1. I just finished this one. I can't remember ever reading an alien book before. I kept alternating between being totally freaked out and shocked that I liked it as much as I did. I'm glad there's a sequel coming, but I'm okay with it being a few months away. I need some time for my heart rate to go back to normal. :)


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