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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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Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old heiress and paparazzi darling Liddi Jantzen hates the spotlight. But as the only daughter in the most powerful tech family in the galaxy, it’s hard to escape it. So when a group of men show up at her house uninvited, she assumes it’s just the usual media-grubs. That is, until shots are fired.

Liddi escapes, only to be pulled into an interplanetary conspiracy more complex than she ever could have imagined. Her older brothers have been caught as well, trapped in the conduits between the planets. And when their captor implants a device in Liddi’s vocal cords to monitor her speech, their lives are in her hands: One word and her brothers are dead.

Desperate to save her family from a desolate future, Liddi travels to another world, where she meets the one person who might have the skills to help her bring her eight brothers home-a handsome dignitary named Tiav. But without her voice, Liddi must use every bit of her strength and wit to convince Tiav that her mission is true. With the tenuous balance of the planets deeply intertwined with her brothers’ survival, just how much is Liddi willing to sacrifice to bring them back?

My Review:

“Some journeys can only be made once. Some partings aren’t what they seem. Some endings must be so something else can begin.”

This was one of my most anticipated books of this year because I absolutely loved R.C Lewis’s Stitching Snow and I can’t help but compare the two. Unfortunately this book fell short of me loving it. I loved the relationship between Liddi and her brothers but my main problem was the crazy amount of tech/sciency explanations. My grasp on scifi is a little slippery and this book is one long celebration of technology, chemistry, physics and space.

3.5 out of 5 stars

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A Time-Travelers Best Friend by W.R. Gingell

Synopsis:

Meet Marx. Meet Kez. Marx is a small, angry man with a time machine and a chip on his shoulder. Kez is a homicidal little girl with a price on her head and a penchant for kicking people where it hurts the most.

When Marx crash-lands on Second World, he has no idea that he has plunged head-first into the middle of an assassination plot- and nuclear war. Can our hero escape the planet using only his wits, a couple of lemons, and the time-traveller’s best friend- his trusty shifting spanner?

My Review:

Who wouldn’t want to read a book all about time travel? Eh, unfortunately this book just doesn’t cut it. I had absolutely no idea what was happening the whole time. There is no end goal in mind for the plot and there is no descriptive detail about anything really. I couldn’t picture the worlds or even the characters for that matter. Even the very first enemy our main characters run into is constantly called ‘the Someone’. I also hated the way they talked. In fact there dialogue made me feel kind of stupid when I read it.

I do give props for the cover of the book which is what made me interested in it in the first place. It’s unique and stands out tremendously. Unfortunately that’s really all this book has going for it. =(

1 out of 5 Stars

Thank you Gingell for sending me a copy to review.

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