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The 5th Wave, Book 1

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Super intense apocalyptic alien-invasion nail-biter.

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age 13+

Based on 11 parent reviews

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!
age 13+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (58 ):

THE 5TH WAVE explores an apocalyptic scenario that still has some juice in it. By making the motives of the alien invaders opaque, author Rick Yancey keeps readers guessing and the level of suspense high throughout the book. Readers will find echoes of The Hunger Games, Ender's Game, and Stephen King's The Stand, but The 5th Wave displays plenty of originality. It's a nail-biter from beginning to end.

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