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.

About the Author

Rick Yancey ( is the author of several adult novels and the memoir Confessions of a Tax Collector. His first young-adult novel, The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, was a finalist for the Carnegie Medal. In 2010, his novel, The Monstrumologist, received a Michael L. Printz Honor, and the sequel, The Curse of the Wendigo, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. When he isn't writing or thinking about writing or traveling the country talking about writing, Rick is hanging out with his family.

About this Site

The 5th wave has already begun. The human race is dwindling, but not yet defeated; all around the world, survivors are living, fighting, striving…but who are they, and how have the managed to elude the Others? On this site, you will hear their stories. You will experience the alien occupation through their eyes. You will learn from their mistakes.

Use the Sort Content drop-down to explore the content that most interests you, and click on Wonderland to filter the thoughts and memories of humans, both living and lost. Learn more about award-winning author Rick Yancey in About the Author, and about The 5th Wave in the About the Book section.


"A modern sci-fi masterpiece..." – USA Today

"It has the dark, swoopy adrenaline of The Hunger Games, but the elegiac tone of The Road. Who cares what shelf you find it on? Just read it" – Entertainment Weekly

"Wildly entertaining... I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough." – Justin Cronin, The New York Times Book Review

“Yancey’s heartfelt, violent, paranoid epic, filled with big heroics and bigger surprises, is part War of the Worlds, part Starship Troopers, part Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and part The Stand.” – Booklist, starred review

"…a gripping SF trilogy about an Earth decimated by an alien invasion." – Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The 500-plus-page novel surges forward full throttle with an intense, alarming tone full of danger, deceit and a touch of romance. The plot flips back and forth with so much action and so many expert twists that readers will constantly question whom they can trust and whom they can’t. Best of all, everything feels totally real, and that makes it all the more riveting. Nothing short of amazing." – Kirkus , starred review

"Yancey vividly portrays Cassie’s existential crisis in a broken world: how to live, why to live, what to believe in, and what to care about. As with other current dystopian novels, fans will read breathlessly to see if the potent mix of war, romance, and hope are enough to save a world." – Horn Book

"Breath-takingly fast-paced and original, the 5th Wave is a reading tsunami that grabs hold and won't let go. A post-apocalpytic alien invasion story with a smart, vulnerable heroine in the center of it." – Melissa de la Cruz, New York Times bestselling author of the Blue Bloods series

"This is DAMN and WOW territory. Quite simply, one of the best books I've read in years." – Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author

"A fantastic read. The 5th Wave is an electrifying page-turner." – Kathy Reichs, New York Timesbestselling author

"An alien apocalypse story that feels terrifyingly plausible. This is the very definition of a rollercoaster ride. I bit my nails off with each turn of the page!” – Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of Legend and Prodigy