This last section sure starts in an exciting way, doesn’t it? Zombie and Ringer figure out they aren’t really killing aliens. Instead, they have been sent out to kill other kids. And, their trainer has joined the battle to make sure they do it. Their tracking devices don’t work the way they thought they would, so the screen glows green when there are humans, not aliens as they were told. Did that surprise you? Did it make you feel really sad for the kids once they realized that they weren’t really helping to stop the alien invasion? Could you believe that the child soldiers are actually the fifth wave? Zombie agrees to go back to the training facility to save Nugget. I thought that was brave of him to do that.
Evan tells Cassie that he is a Silencer, and he explains how the aliens inserted other aliens into bodies of humans years ago. Were you surprised when Evan revealed his true self to Cassie? Obviously, Evan grew to love Cassie, and this reduces his effectiveness as a Silencer. In fact, this love allows him to turn on the aliens and help Cassie and her friends.
Cassie is able to break into Wright-Patt and find Sammy. And then, they find Zombie. They wouldn’t have been able to escape safely were it not for Evan blowing things up and the rest of Zombie’s squad coming to rescue them. So now, they are all rescued and safe, but the aliens have still invaded, the fifth wave is still in progress, and the future seems pretty dire.
This book kind of has a conclusion, but the ending gets you ready for the next book in the series, The Infinite Sea. If you liked The Fifth Wave, make sure you check it out! It might not become a movie—this article explains that situation, if you want to read more about it.
I hope you enjoyed the book this month! I can’t wait to hear what you thought. And, please let me know if you enjoyed the movie or are planning to read the sequel.
Join us next month as we read Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, starting February 5!