I love crime novels. I think it stems from my love of crime tv shows to be perfectly honest. So when I see a crime romance novel I try to read it. This book was kind of slow and the romance parts were iffy. I liked the characters but felt like the romance was forced. The first chapter of the book I was already skeptical of reading it because it starts off with the heroine in a dress that doesn’t fit her even though she goes to functions like this a lot with her boss. Why would you not have a dress for a type of event you attend quiet often? It just made no sense to me. The hero is a known playboy around the office and she keeps reminding us of that fact. The ending to this book left me wanting more explanation but we never get it. I don’t know if I would recommend anyone to this series.
This book was a cross between The Host and Independence Day. It’s your typical alien invasion story really, except it’s told in the point of view of a few different protagonists.
We get one chapter with the protagonist being an “Other”. Later we find out who he really is – which I predicted btw. He’s the one who shoots Cassie in the leg.
First it’s of Cassie and she explains all the waves that have currently happened:
First Wave: Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP)
Second Wave: Metal rods twice the size of the Empire State Building dropped from the upper atmosphere onto all the coastal areas.
Third Wave: Disease from bird poop. (Killed 97% of those who were left after the 2nd wave)
Fourth Wave: Humans who had a sleeper alien in them are awoken and are tasked with killing the remaining humans off.
We then go through her journey of getting through the Fourth Wave. We don’t find out what the Fifth Wave is until we get to Ben Parish’s chapters (though he’s called Zombie at first). The Fifth Wave is the Others (coined by Cassie) training the remaining children to fight so they can “save” the human race. They have no idea it’s actually the aliens training them to kill off the rest of humankind. It isn’t until the last few chapters that a group of the kids (including Ben) find out and run away.
We get a chapter as Sammy – Cassie’s Brother and his perspective is harder to read because he’s 5.
Overall this was a pretty good book, I enjoyed reading it. I do want to get the rest in the series eventually but I’m not in a huge rush to read them.