How did the reading go for you this week? Did you fly through the first 30 chapters like I predicted? Didn’t you feel like the book sucked you into the action right away?
In the first two sections, we meet two major characters: Cassie and Zombie. They have had very different experiences during the waves, so they provide unique perspectives to the situation. The biggest similarity is that both have lost family members and are haunted by that loss. Cassie is by herself when we first meet her, but she wasn’t always that way. What did you think of the flashback where she explains her experience at the campground outside of Wright Patterson? Where do you think the bus was taking all of the kids. Why do you think they just wanted kids? Why did the soldiers kill everybody left at the campground?
Were you surprised how quickly Cassie changed from a typical teenage girl to a person who could survive all of these horrible conditions? I couldn’t believe that she was able to carry and use a weapon, and I was so surprised that she was able to continue at the end of the first section with a serious gunshot wound to her leg. What do you think of Cassie? Do you think she’ll be able to rescue her brother? Do you think she will need to find a group of people that she can rely on to help her survive?
Zombie, who we find out at the end of the section is Ben Parish, the boy that Cassie had a crush on, has a totally different experience. He’s saved from his refugee camp, and then, he’s recruited to kill the “Others” who have invaded Earth. How do you think that is going to go? Do you trust the people who recruited him?
What are your thoughts about the waves? And how do you feel about the fact that so much of the action in this book takes place in our area? I read one fan theory that states that they believe that Rick Yancey based the book at Wright-Patterson because there have been rumors that connect Wright-Patterson with alien activity. Check out this article about Raymond Szymanski, a former WPAFB engineer, who has written a book about extraterrestrials and the base, if you’ve never heard these rumors before.
I can’t wait to hear what you thought of the first part of the book. Make sure to read chapters 31-55 before next week. Talk to you then!