I've got to say I liked it, I'm glad I read it, but I suspect this one will split opinions. This is a decent story with the narration split primarily..Show More » between two of the young, teenage protagonists. And this is the crux I think of why some will like it and some will struggle. If you're comfortable with the teen-movie like delivery of the narrators then I think you will enjoy it very much. It's a gripping story that, consistent with the apocalyptic theme pulls few punches.
I think those who find the current teen-movie style a little grating may not find this so easy to like. Yes, okay I admit it I'm one of those who are maybe a generation or two older so it's not my favourite style and it did grate on me at times. But, this is the story of young adults cast into a tough situation so it makes eminent sense to write it this way and while it's been some time since I felt qualified to comment on how a teenager thinks these days it felt realistic enough to me. The characters, particularly Cassie, trying to come to terms with all the normal things teenagers have to get to grips with on top of the slight inconvenience of an alien invasion.
There are some clever twists and turns in the plot, plenty of points at which you are left guessing, occasional humour and some good interplay between the characters giving it enough depth to be entertaining, exciting and a worthy piece of entertainment. I don't see it winning any prizes but it's a very decent listen.
Hormonal teenagers with M16 assault rifles . . . you don't need the aliens to make this one scary for us parents :-)
Having previously read The 5th Wave, I was looking forward to continuing the series. I decided to download this i..Show More »n audiobook format, having listened to book one in this way.
This audio book is again narrated by Phoebe Strole. However, she is joined by Ben Yannette this time instead of Brandon Espinoza. They both did a wonderful job in bringing the story and the characters to life. Their voices were lovely to listen to. I would definitely consider listening to other books narrated by them.
Cassie (short for Cassiopeia) Sullivan is a wonderful character. I really liked her, she has a lot of spirit and determination. She seems to have grown up some in this book and is not as whiny or full of angst.
Ben "Zombie" Parish is another wonderful character. I really liked him from the beginning. He is quite bright and determined, not to mention charming. Still injured from Ringer's bullet, he is determined to get everyone to safety, though fighting infection.
Ringer is still an enigma to me. I can't seem to figure her out at all. Is she a friend or a foe? Her actions in a certain situation had me scratching my head.
This book has a completely different tone to the first one. Notably, it is no longer told through the eyes of only Cassie, Ben, Sammie and Evan, now Ringer has a say and I must admit that I found this a little confusing, as she seems to have become the main character in this book. Cassie and co are relegated slightly into the background for more than half the story, which I found a little disconcerting, though Evan has more page time, which I enjoyed. There is also a new character introduced, though I am not sure if she added anything to the story apart from a little backstory/history with Evan and as a threat to the group. I loved meeting Poundcake and Dumbo again, and getting to know a little more of their history, especially Poundcake. His tale is not a happy one but, I found him to be exceptionally brave; especially near the end.
For me, the story is bogged down with metaphors about the title and is lacking in the intensity/danger that made The 5th Wave so exciting. There is even less romance too, as Evan and Cassie are separate for most of the book. There are several twists that surprised me though, so it wasn't all bad. I enjoyed the story, but felt disappointed that it didn't grab me as much. Sequels are tricky. They can either exceed the original book, or disappoint a reader. I had high hopes about this book but, unfortunately, it didn't meet them. I am hoping that the third book in the series will be more cohesive and less confusing.
Rick Yancey has written an exciting, fast paced dystopian series that has kept me hooked from beginning to end. I love his fast pace writing style. However, the flow of the story was not as wonderful as the first book and seemed confusing at times. Nevertheless, I will definitely read more books by this author in the future.
I highly recommend this book if you love YA dystopian novels like Divergent and The Hunger Games, or TV series like Fallen Skies. - Lynn Worton
I enjoyed the performances, but i am not sure i would read another book by Rick Yancy as I felt this last book in the trilogy was a complete let down,..Show More » so confusing and with a rather abrupt ending. The first book was awesome, the second book was ok, but with this last one there was no effort invested in writing about the emotion from the characters, it was like he was listing their experiences.