The 5th Wave was published a couple of weeks ago in the UK by Penguin, and so far it's creating quite a storm of excellent reviews. I haven't read it yet, though it's waiting on my Kindle and is high on my to-be-read list. I'm really looking forward to it - it sounds brilliant! In case you don't know what it's all about, here's a summary from Amazon:
THE 1st WAVE Took out half a million people.
THE 2nd WAVE Put that number to shame.
THE 3rd WAVE Lasted a little longer. Twelve weeks . . . Four billion dead.
IN THE 4th WAVE, You can't trust that people are still people.
AND THE 5th WAVE? No one knows. But it's coming.
On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs. Runs from the beings that only look human, who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope. Now Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.
Here's an audio extract from The 5th Wave, courtesy of Penguin and Riot. At the end of this blog tour (details below), this whole extract will be available to listen to in full. After you've listened to this little snippet, scroll further down for a geeky quickfire Q&A with author Rick Yancey!
Quick Q&A with Rick Yancey
Which show would you choose to watch: Buffy or Angel?
Buffy. Love her attitude, very close to Cassie’s in The 5th Wave.
Where would you rather live: Narnia or Middle-earth?
Middle Earth. I’ve wanted to go there since I was a kid. The Shire, Mirkwood, the Lonely Mountain and, of course, Elrond’s house. As for Mordor, I’d probably settle for a fly-over.
If you could be a superhero, would you want to be Superman or Batman?
If I was still a kid, I’d say Superman, definitely. But as I got older, I became more and more a Batman fan. I guess because he’s more “realistic.” Plus, cool gadgets!
Greatest wizard: Gandalf or Dumbledore?
Depends upon your definition of “great.” Gandalf always scared me a little – the short-fuse thing.
Favourite alien: E.T. or the Xenomorph?
Well, in a fair fight I think we all know who would win! The part of me that is morbidly fascinated with squishy stuff can’t get enough of the Xenomorph. But then the part of me that doesn’t want to be eaten (well, that part would be all of me) favors E.T.