Over the course of the last couple of days, I have gotten a few emails talking about a certain book. That book. IT. Aaaand, I had no clue what everyone was talking about. I think I am one of the few people left who had not heard of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. It took mere seconds of online exploration to find it called The Next Big Thing in YA fiction. The next Hunger Games. The next Divergent. Eh, I think I even saw The next Twilight.
I have to admit, I was intrigued. I on-the-spot ordered a copy after reading just a few reviews, and I am looking very forward to it. But on a personal note, and no slight meant to the book, I have never been fond of labeling something “The next” anything. Each book, each series, each movie adaptation should hopefully rise or fall on its own merit, and not be held up to the standards of those successes that came before. I don’t mind “As good as The Hunger Games” – that is a great compliment. But I don’t need the next Hunger Games. I already read the original.
So, my question is – if you have read it, is it worth the hype? I haven’t seen buzz like this for a new book for quite a while, but sometimes the buzz can be misleading. So I told Sarah J., moxie, and starbright54 I would ask what you thought – Hot or Not?
For the two people left on the planet other than me who had not heard of it, this is what all the talk is about…
The Passage meets Ender’s Game in an epic new series from award-winning author 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, 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.
I did find the trailer very well done, too…