The 5th Wave meets Beauty and the Beast in this fast-paced and heart-stopping novel about an invasion of murderous creatures and one girl fighting for her life at the end of the world.
He has no voice or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t know the details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind.
Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.
His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting.
Until a human kills her…
Sixteen-year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armored Nahx invade. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her fellow campers can only stay put. Await rescue. Raven doesn’t like feeling helpless, but what choice does she have?
Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.
Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival comes to depend on trusting each other…
This was described as the Canadian version of the 5th Wave and I’d have to say that was pretty accurate; that’s not a bad thing it just helps to provide a visual framework in which to approach this story.
If you aren’t into slow buildups you may have some trouble with this as the pace is more of a steady stroll than a sprint but if you can hang in there it grows on you.
You get aliens, diverse characters, an intricate storyline and an emotional spectrum that actually works to make it all feel captivatingly real. Prendergast made his characters feel relatable, strong but still flawed so we didn’t get more of the type where seemingly normal people can do things that feel impossible.
There are a few plot points I wasn’t very happy with, actions taken by the characters that kind of irritated me, and I felt weren’t necessary to moving the story along but it seems lately everyone has to throw in some kind of soap opera-drama stuff.
The settings were beautiful and perfect for this story so it helped ground the characters more in reality which also felt surprising considering it’s a story about Aliens. By the end you’ll be looking forward to the sequel so if you enjoyed 5th Wave definitely check this out.
Thank you to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing for allowing me to review this book.
*synopsis and pic from netgalley.com
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