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  • Published: 27 August 2014
  • ISBN: 9780141345833
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $19.99

The 5th Wave (Book 1)

A thrilling and terrifying dystopia from astoundingly talented author, Rick Yancey.

Took out half a million people.

Put that number to shame.

Lasted a little longer. Twelve weeks . . . Four billion dead.

You can't trust that people are still people.

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.

  • Published: 27 August 2014
  • ISBN: 9780141345833
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Rick Yancey

Rick Yancey is the author of several adult novels and the memoir novel, Carnegie Medal. In 2010, his novel, L. Printz Honor, and the sequel, for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. When he isn't writing or thinking about writing or traveling the country talking about writing, Rick is hanging out with his family and two dogs, a very old Labrador named Cassey and a very young golden doodle named Max.


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Praise for The 5th Wave (Book 1)

Remarkable, not-to-be-missed-under-any-circumstances . . . JUST READ IT

Entertainment Weekly

Wildly entertaining... I couldn't turn the pages fast enough

Justin Cronin, The New York Times

A modern sci-fi masterpiece... should do for aliens what Twilight did for vampires.

USA Today

Nothing short of amazing

Kirkus (starred review)



Action-packed intrigue


This book is scary!

Teen Now (5 starred review)

Rick Yancey knows his onions... the book packs real power


This is DAMN and WOW territory. Quite simply, one of the best books I've read in years

Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author

...a twisty survival story that borrows elements from romance, horror and dystopian fiction

Wall Street Journal

Breathtakingly fast-paced and original, The 5th Wave is a reading tsunami that grabs hold and won't let go.

Melissa De La Cruz, New York Times bestselling author of the Blue Bloods series.

Yancey's heartfelt, violent, paranoid epic, filled with big heroics and bigger surprises, is part War of the Worlds, part Starship Troopers, part Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and part The Stand . . . a sure thing for reviewers and readers alike.

Booklist (starred review)

A fantastic read. The 5th Wave is an electrifying page-turner.

Kathy Reichs, New York Times bestselling author

An epic sci-fi adventure about a terrifying alien invasion. You'll read it in one sitting


A gripping SF trilogy about an Earth decimated by an alien invasion... the question of what it means to be human is at the forefront

Publishers Weekly

Borrow this one from your teen's nightstand while they're at school

People Magazine

By turns heart-pounding and contemplative . . . The 5th Wave will thrill you, chill you, and challenge you to keep the pages turning fast enough


Utterly gripping

Metro Herald

High adventure with mystery and heart

The Sunday Times

A cut above anything else in the genre.

Sunday Telegraph

The pace is RELENTLESS