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I’ve been trying hard to keep up with my reading for 2020. On those days when the words just won’t come, nothing beats curling up with a good book. After reading the Article 5 series by Kristen Simmons, I hadn’t had my fill of post-apocalyptic/science fiction tales.

Anyone see the movie The 5th Wave? I’ll admit it wasn’t a great film. I was left with questions and in parts I was totally confused. The book, however, is way better. Yes, I know it tends to be a thing (okay film, better book).



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.

If you read the book, you’ll quickly learn that the movie was like snapshots from the story. And before anyone says it, I know every facet of a novel can’t make the big screen. The novel opens with the main female character’s thoughts. The producers took snippets and stuck them into the script, but it really didn’t do the book justice.

Hollywood took a lot of liberties in portraying characters from the book. Remember Alex Roe’s character? Evan Walker is a lot deeper in the book than in the movie. You know right away what he is too. Sergeant Reznick is male in the book.

The entire time I was reading I had to keep questioning my daughter. She watched the movie too, but there were parts of the book that had me scratching my head. Did that scene happen?

Overall, I believe if you liked the movie, you’ll love the book.



How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

I’m a third way into The Infinite Sea. Book Two does a wonderful job of filling in the blanks created from the movie. It ended as if there would be a sequel. It’s been four years, and I don’t think that’s happening. If you saw the movie, do yourself a favor. Read the books! You’ll get that satisfaction the film lacked.

Book Two isn’t nearly as long as the first one. It’s a page turner!



The enemy is Other. The enemy is us.

They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.

But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves…or saving what makes us human. 

My Recommendations:

If you’re someone who didn’t see the movie, you’ll still want to read these books.


If you love dystopian tales…

If you love post-apocalyptic science fiction…

If you love a well-written YA with adults as part of the cast, then this series is for you!

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