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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Synopsis:

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.

My review:

“Do you know why we will when this war? Why we cannot lose? Because we know how you think. We’ve been watching you for six thousand years. When the pyramids rose in the Egyptian desert. When Caesar burned the library in Alexandria. When you crucified that first-century Jewish peasant. When Columbus set foot in the New World. We were watching you.”

This book was absolutely incredible. I was not expecting to love this as much as I did. The story was addictive and mysterious and I could not put it down.

The characters were the fuel to the novel. They kept the story going. They all had distinct personalities, each displaying different, understandable reactions to the alien apocalypse but beyond that, how these wonderful characters formed their web of relationships was just a joy to read.

5 out 5 stars

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The Reset by Daniel Powell

SYNOPSIS:

A young man with a terrible secret buried deep in his chest staggers through what remains of the American South. The destruction is total—the landscape scrubbed bare by the fires of the Reset. The sun rarely penetrates the daily ash storms, and the last of the Earth’s plants and animals are slowly dying out.

And yet, there are survivors. Benjamin Stone is one of them, and he’s searching for the only person who can share his pain, another who was biologically altered at birth to become a weapon capable of bringing the world to its knees. Outside of the few supplies that sustain him in his search for a new life, he has nothing.

Nothing but a will to survive and the desire to find someplace safe—someplace better.

The Reset is a story of perseverance. It examines a future in which fragmentation and devolution have decimated society, and in which terrorism represents the final desperate attempt at shuffling the deck. With thematic elements similar to Stephen King’s The Stand and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, it’s a post-apocalyptic story about the survivors of humanity’s cruelest intentions, and their essential impulse to rebuild.

MY REVIEW:

Overall a VERY good, realistic, and well detailed post apocalyptic story set about 30-40 years into the future. This is a great read with fully developed characters, quick pace, nice action and a hook to keep you looking forward to the next chapter. I loved the description of the dystopian cities and the mental strength of the main characters in there journey to survive and their inner thoughts are brought out and you end up caring about them.

The story line is believable and draws you in from the start and keeps your attention all the way through. The flow is smooth and easy to follow but there are parts in the book that I skim read when it would go into detail about the “science experiments” (No spoilers) and how the Reset occurred in the first place. I couldn’t get into those parts unfortunately. It seemed to go on and on a bit too long.

If you are looking for a good post apocalyptic book, that gives a new version of the end of the world, you have found it! I would recommend this to anyone who loves these types of books! Very well-written and a quick, easy read.

5 out of 5 stars.

Thank you Daniel for sending me a copy to review.

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