When aliens attack: the end of the world as we know it.
Book 1 of Yancey’s series saw 95 percent of the human population wiped out in a brutal alien attack that coordinated tsunamis, a horrific plague and teen soldiers bent on murdering any survivors. Just when readers might think it couldn’t get worse, it does: The extraterrestrials bent on taking over Earth are now implanting carbon-dioxide–triggered bombs inside the throats of young children in order to wipe out any survivors. The first are easily extinguished in the prologue in an ominous tableau that no doubt is meant to foreshadow what will befall Cassie, Ben and the teen survivors from The 5th Wave (2013). What follows is a terse, streamlined volume packed with action and violence that will keep readers on the edges of their seats. At first it’s hard to distinguish which character is narrating each sequence, particularly since Ringer, a secondary character in the first installment, takes over much of the page count in this installment. Her nickname says it all: She’s tough, fearless, an expert marksman and a survivor—and the bad guys particularly have it in for her. Everything culminates in a 180-degree reversal that turns the series’ cosmos on its end and will no doubt have readers impatiently screaming for the third.
A roller-coaster ride of a sequel. (Science fiction. 14-18)