The 5th Wave, Book 1

Book review by Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Super intense apocalyptic alien-invasion nail-biter.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 58 reviews

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age 13+

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 15+

More Inappropriate than Interesting

The movie is very different than the book. I felt like reading this novel was like watching an R rated movie with middle schoolers. It was extremely uncomfortable. I am liberal when it comes to content in books, but I relied on the reviews from this site before using this book for a multi-age book club of 6th-8th graders. My 8th graders were mature enough to handle it but the content was NOT appropriate. Lots of sexual references and "curse words." To be honest, that was very distracting for my sixth graders, I doubt they even paid attention to the overall content. There is some violence but the sex consumes the content that it's hard to think about anything else. Strongly discourage for a middle school read!

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing

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