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.