The Fifth Wave
This opens after an alien invasion of Earth - how the surviving humans deal with their new reality. When a virus decimates the population, the rest are battling for survival, and no one is sure who to trust.
I found the first third compelling and unnerving (in a page-turning way), but I found most of the alternate viewpoints less interesting than the main character’s, and the plot became more predictable as it progressed.
The first third of the book creates great tension for a regular person who is already suffering from the loss of family members and struggling to face whatever comes next. Any average reader can appreciate the fear and uncertainty about what life on Earth will be like, but as the story moves from realistic fiction with an alien element to more and more of a science fiction/political thriller, the pieces become less character-focused and more about the world-building, which isn't as cohesive as it might be.
Readers who like adventure with some dystopian survival elements will find a lot to like about this book. There is some mature content.
"Because if I am the last one, then I am humanity.""
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