Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Book Club: The 5th Wave

I'm member of a Seasonal Book Club.  It's really nicely paced.  Once, every three months, we meet to discuss a book and pick out another.  It really affords well to leaving us time in other areas of our life and to read other books of our choosing in the meanwhile.

We met up this weekend for our fall meeting to discuss:
Title: The 5th Wave

Author: Rick Yancey

Category: Teen, Apocalypse, Fiction

Summary: "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, and 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, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up."

Favorite quote:   "Not bragging too much, but I had to be careful never to smile while I drove: It had the capacity to blind oncoming traffic."
"When I wake up the next morning, there's a Hershey's Kiss sitting on the table beside me."

The review: All book club members agreed that while the change in first-person perspective between characters gave a clearer understanding of events and goings-ons it was also agreed upon that the author could have been more clear in the perspective change.  The first occurrence leaves the reader confused about what is going on until the perspective change becomes clear and even when you get used to it, you still have to solve the mystery of Which Character Is It at the start of each segment.  Also, watch out for plot holes. 

Would I recommend this book for read: Not to other adults.

I did create a fun game to find how you would die if you were in the book.  The game requires two ten-sided dice; one with one's and one with ten's.  You roll these two dice to find what number you have (10's dice: 70, 1's dice: 3 becomes a 73).  Find where your number falls on the chart and that is how you will meet your demise. (or you can go here and click d100)


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