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Welcome to a new year for the Online Book Club! This month, we’re reading The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey.

In case you’ve never joined us before, the Online Book Club is a book discussion group that takes place entirely online. Each week, I write a new blog post that talks about different aspects of the book. You can interact directly with me and other readers by leaving a comment in the comments section. Make sure you check back each week and see what new topics we’re talking about!

The Fifth Wave is a really compelling young adult book that imagines the Earth after an alien invasion. Aliens have swept through the Earth in waves, and right before the fifth wave, we find our protagonist, Cassie, alone and fighting desperately to stay alive. Cassie is on a mission to rescue her younger brother, but she doesn’t know how to find him and stay undetected. Even though the past couple of months have taught Cassie that she needs to fight alone and can’t trust anyone, she realizes that to rescue her brother, she must put her guard down and trust a mysterious boy she meets after she is wounded.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I think you will, too. The action kept me on the edge of my seat, right until the very last page.

If you’re curious to watch the movie version, make sure to check out this trailer.

Before you join us next time, make sure to read the first 30 chapters. I know that seems like a lot, but the chapters are really short. You’ll fly right through! We’ll start discussing that section on January 15.

5 Responses to “The Fifth Wave, Week 1”

  1. Greg L.

    Hi everyone. My name is Greg and I work in the library’s Community Information Office. Erin is going to be out on leave for the next couple of months. She’s done her usual bang-up job writing about the Online Book Club books and gathering additional resources, but I’ll be replying to comments for the discussion. I hope everyone enjoys the books!

  2. J.S.C

    Hello Ms. Erin and Mr. Greg,
    I’d like to thank you for creating this online book club. It’s really motivated me to read.

    • Greg L.

      Glad to hear it. Hope you enjoy this month’s book!

  3. J.S.C

    I was intially jarred by the narrative style used. I guess it’s because I’m used to a more eloquent/ Charles Dicken’s esque kind of narrative. After a few chapters though, the narrative style actually became rather pleasant. It’s simplicity really allows you to see/imagine Cassie’s perspective of the events that take place.

    • Greg L.

      That’s a great point! Hopefully you’ll continue to enjoy the narrative style—I don’t want to spoil too much, but there are a few shifts during the book.

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