Published: September 2014
The second volume of this young adult sci-fi series starts off with immediate action following a group of teenagers who survived the fifth wave of the current alien invasion. Highly recommended to read the first book or you'll be a bit lost. Also, The Fifth Wave has a film release set for 2016, so read now to be in the know!
The strengths in this series is almost non-stop action, which still manages to show depth of characters. Though one drawback, is the action starts so immediately in this book, I had a little trouble remembering all the characters. After events from the last book, Cassie, Ringer and the others have separated from Evan, the mysterious boy who took Cassie in when her survivor's camp was destroyed.
Trust is a huge theme in this book. No one is safe, as aliens have "occupied" human forms. This post-apocalyptic type environment conjures images of the wastelands from The Walking Dead and other disaster movies and TV shows. Each chapter, which are short for maximum page turning, is a challenge in survival over the harsh Midwestern winter elements. This is a world changed, and not only are they surviving day to day, but there is no one left to trust. Perhaps not even each other.