Hello everyone, and Happy Saturday! Today we are delighted to be a part of the official international blog tour for Rick Yancey’s blockbuster alien invasion sensation, The 5th Wave. Thea reviewed the book and absolutely loved it (one of her favorites of the year), and today we share an official audio snippet, plus our own survival backpack list and five helpful SFF resources to glean for tips to survive the alien apocalypse.
About The Book
The Passage meets Ender’s Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey.
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.
Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.
The Audio Excerpt
For our stop on the tour, we have an exclusive audio extract of the book, below! (If you have any problems using the widget below, you can also access the snippet HERE.)
The Survival Backpack
In The 5th Wave, heroine Cassie packs a few essentials and treasured items in her backpack as she strikes out in the woods alone. Here are the 5 non-negotiable items we’d include in our survival packs (assuming we already have a canteen of water and some basic food items):
- Swiss Army Knife – While we think we’ll get the most play out of the knife and can opener functions, it doesn’t hurt to have a small pair of scissors, file, screwdriver and wirestripper handy. Our preferred knife also includes a flint fire-starter (because matches and lighters run out).
- Sleeping Bag – Ours is lightweight, water resistant, and provides some much needed warmth and protection on those long, desperately silent nights.
- Hatchet – Because an ax is too unwieldy and guns are single-purpose, plus require ammunition. A hatchet will help us gather firewood and supplies, and in a worst-case scenario, be used as a weapon.
- Solar-powered/Hand-crankable radio flashlight – These exist! Thea has one in her hurricane survival kit. Durable, light, and helpful in figuring out if the power is back on or if other survivors are broadcasting, this little baby is a must-have.
- Journal, pens, and one treasured book – This is cheating, but we think it needs to happen. Like Cassie, we’d need some way to keep a record of each day and transcribe our thoughts, fears, and hopes. Our book of choice? Well, that’s a whole other decision, but we’ll tell you this: it won’t be a survival book. It will be a novel (one of those rousing, beloved fantasy novels – preferably one with a happy ending).
The 5 Alien Invasion Books/Films/Shows
Before it all goes down, you’ll also want to make sure you’re up to speed on alien invasion survival tips. Here are our five essentials in the alien apocalypse canon:
1. War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells – Complete with cylinders, black smoke, and terrifying tripods, Wells’ contribution to the apocalypse-by-alien invasion literature is a no-brainer.
2. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978 Edition) – This remake introduced The Scream, and to this day still scares the crap outta Thea. Like The 5th Wave, Body Snatchers features invading aliens that assume the bodies of humans – that is some terrifying stuff, folks. (Of course, you should read the book, too.)
3. Slither – Part Invasion of the Body Snatchers, part The Thing, part Night of the Creeps, and all awesome, Slither is a slick, slimy alien invasion takeover of a small town. And it stars some of our very favorite actors: the incomparable Michael Rooker, Elizabeth Banks, and Nathan Fillion. Need we say more?
4. Falling Skies – Probably the most applicable title on this list as it follows a small contingent of humans who have survived the alien apocalypse. Plus, it’s almost back, people!
5. Independence Day – Thea saw this movie a record 5 times in the movie theater when it first came out (this was right around the time that aliens were en vogue and The X-Files was the best show on television). ID4 reminded us that even incredibly advanced and hostile aliens make massive oversights – like forgetting to set up that pesky firewall.
Notable mentions: On the books side, Footfall by Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven, The Forge of God & Anvil of Stars by Greg Bear, Extinction Point by Paul Antony Jones.1 There are a number of other films and TV shows that are favorites and truly excellent, but don’t offer much in the way of survival tips or focus more on the human element (which is awesome, but not as applicable for this particular list): The Thing (Carpenter remake), They Live, The Day the Earth Stood Still (original), The Faculty, District 9, The X-Files, The Blob (original), Aliens and Killer Klowns from Outer Space (just because you never know).
About The Blog Tour
You can also follow Penguin internationally for more information about The 5th Wave:
- Penguin USA: Facebook & Twitter (@PenguinTeen)
- Penguin UK: Facebook, Twitter (@PenguinUKBooks, @PuffinBooks) & Spine Breakers
- Penguin Australia: Facebook & Twitter (@PenguinTeenAus)
We have ONE copy of The 5th Wave up for grabs! The contest is open internationally and will run until Sunday May 19 at 12:01am EST. To enter, use the form below. Good luck!
- As we’re putting together this list, we’ve just noticed how overwhelmingly male the authors and main characters are. Surely there are more female authored alien invasion stories out there? Anyone have any suggestions? ↩