cover image The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave

Rick Yancey, read by Brandon Espinoza and Phoebe Strole. Penguin Audio, library edition, unabridged, 10 CDs, 12.75 hrs., $59.99 ISBN 978-1-101-61806-6

The alien invasion did not happen the way anyone expected, and the few hundred thousand humans left standing are trying to understand how the fifth attack wave will play out. Sixteen-year-old Cassi lost her father and is trying to stay alive to eventually save her younger brother, but to do so, she’ll have to rely on others. Narrators Brandon Espinoza and Phoebe Strole are superb and keep listeners riveted throughout. Espinoza covers the various chapters told from male points of view, while Strole narrates chapters told from Cassie’s point of view, ably capturing the young girl’s range of emotions. Ages 14–up. A Putnam hardcover. (July)