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The 5th Wave

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9780141345833By: Rick Yancey

Life was all normal until the day it wasn’t. The first wave took out half a million people, not a very big number in the grand scheme of things. The second wave took out many more and the third took out billions. By then the survivors had no idea who to trust, this was the forth wave.

Cassie is running. Running from those who killed her family, funning from the thing tracking her down. She has no idea how many, if any, humans are left. She can’t trust anyone. Then Evan rescues her and she doesn’t really know if she can trust him. She still has a mission, she promised her little brother, the day they took him away, that she would find him. She is determined not to let him down.

Ben is being trained. Trained to become a killing machine. This does not make him unique many kids are being trained in exactly the same way. They are told this is their best hope for survival. Not every one will make it through the training though, and after the training then what? Just how are kids supposed to defeat an alien race equipped with vastly superior technology? And just what is the fifth wave?

This is a dark, gritty and in moments disturbing story. Cassie is a determined character who is driven to survive and because of the chaos around her doesn’t always make the right decisions. Sometimes she just reacts, and that’s how she gets through. This is not the life she had planned on having. She just wanted to be normal, get through school have a boyfriend. Instead she sleeps with her trusty M16 and has no idea how to trust any more.

Ben has been at his lowest and is determined to get revenge. He is determined to do what is asked of him. Somewhere in there he remains human and feels a responsibility to the youngest member of his team, Nugget.

This story is compelling. The normality of the characters thrown into this situation is what pulls you in. You think you see where it’s going and it then takes you in another direction. The world is ours but a desolate one. Yancey’s descriptions make it easy to see in your mind just what kind of devastation has happened. You feel for these guys and at no time does the author make it easy for them to make the leap from one place to another. They fight for their goals and that is what makes it so engrossing.

The central characters are surrounded by support characters who add depth and emotion to this story. The layers, moments of just being a teenager or small glimpses of humour make it seem all the more real.

If you are looking for a good read, with an alien or dystopian kind of theme then do yourself a favour and pick this up. Well worth spending some time with.

Highly recommended.

Publisher: Puffin Books

Published: 07 May 2013

Format: Paperback 388 pages

Categories: Science Fiction, Aliens, Survival, Dystopian

ISBN 13: 9780141345819

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of the page.

The 5th Wave – Book Trailer

Am reading this right now and it is pretty awesome.

Aliens Love Underpants

By: Claire Freedman

Illustrated By: Ben Cort

There aren’t any underpants in space but aliens love them they think they are great fun. So when aliens decide they have to have some underpants they come down to earth.

Really the title of this books says it all. It tells you right away that this is going to be silly and fun. It is enjoyable text that rhymes and the illustrations are bold and equally as silly. A great choice for children who like aliens and things related to toilet humour.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s

Published: 08 May 2007

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Aliens, Humour

ISBN 13: 9781416917052

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on side of page

Aliens Love Panta Claus

By: Claire Freedman and Ben Cort

Those underwear loving aliens are back and this time they want to spread their joy around. They head to the North Pole to give out many different and wonderful types of pants. Then something goes wrong and it is up to the aliens to help Santa Claus.

Another fun book with those silly aliens. Staying true to form the text rhymes, the story is simple, silly and as always entertaining. Cort’s illustrations perfectly capture the silliness of the story and are bright, bold and appealing. Fans will love it and if you are looking for a Christmas book with a bit of a difference then give this a try.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Books

Published: 01 October 2010

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Christmas, Aliens, Humour

ISBN 13: 978184738570

Purchase: here or use link on side of page to Booktopia

Dr Xargles Book of Earth Relations

By: Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross

It turns out that there are all sorts of things to learn about Earth families, or at least there is if you are a student of Dr Xargle. The great, green alien teacher has a lot of things to tell you. For instance some earthlings are smelly and dangerous, some are sneaky and shriek, others are made of crumply material and put hedgehogs in their fur.

This is a very funny picture book full of familiar images that are presented from a very different perspective. The silly, simple and colourful illustrations add to the comedy and help make this a real fun read.

Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd

Published: 26 June 2003

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Picture Books Fiction Science Fiction

ISBN 13: 9781842703076

Purchase: here

The Way Back Home

By: Oliver Jeffers

While cleaning up one day a little boy finds a plane. he decides to take it out flying but when he runs out of fuel he finds himself stuck on the moon. But he isn’t alone. At first he is scared but when the boy and the Martian get together they come up with a plan they will make sure they both can get home.

A fun story that is ideal for readers interested in Martians and space. It is story of working together and having a wonderful adventure. Its simple text makes it ideal for younger readers. Once again the illustrations are just amazing.


Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Published: 06 May 2008

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Storybooks

ISBN 13: 9780007182329

Purchase: here


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