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What is the 5th wave?


The much-anticipated movie adaptation of Rick Yancey's novel, The 5th Wave,  opens in cinemas around Australia TODAY. Just ICYMI, here's the basic plotline:

The 1st Wave took out half a million people.

The 2nd Wave put that number to shame.

The 3rd Wave lasted a little longer. Twelve weeks . . . Four billion dead.

In the 4th Wave you can't trust that people are still people.

And the 5th Wave? No one knows. But it's coming.

On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs. Runs from the beings that only look human, who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope.

An absolute heart pounding read! When you read from Cassie's perspective, it's hard not to believe that aliens have taken over the Earth and the end of the world is upon us. Twists and turns kept me reading all through the night, and even after the last page I was begging Yancey for more. This book will not disappoint anyone who likes a bit of action, love and mystery, just be prepared for a sleepless night! - Chey, QBD Hornsby

Are you going to read it before you see it? We can't get enough of it! And Book 2, The Inifinite Sea is released on 18th January- so you don't have to sit biting your fingernails, waiting to find out what happens!

QBD Reviews: Matched by Ally Condie


All her life, Cassia has been waiting for this moment. Now that she’s seventeen, she is eligible to be Matched. In under an hour, she’ll be told the name of her optimal partner, the person she’ll spend the rest of her life with. Nervous but excited, she shares the moment with her best friend Xander who is also preparing to be Matched. Never could she imagine that his is the face that she will see as her Match – but only after another face flashes before her and then quickly disappears from the screen.

As curiosity gets the better of her Cassia sets out in search of the boy that could have – perhaps should have – been her Match, Ky Markham. It is almost by accident that she finds him and when he helps her conceal a dangerous secret, they form a close bond that could just be the end of everything they hold dear. They both know that the rules the Society has put in place must be strictly adhered too or they risk losing their Citizen status and become an Aberration. Even as Cassia feels her friendship with Xander beginning to strain under the pressure of her new found relationship, she is beginning to realise that something isn’t quite right about the Society and that her bond with Ky could be the catalyst to a discovery that will change their world forever.

Dystopian young adult fiction doesn’t get any better than this. With heart-pounding suspense and danger lurking around every corner, Cassia’s journey of awakening is a gripping read. It is also a beautiful, heartbreaking story of first love and the consequences of seeking the truth and not liking what you may find. Matched, and the other two books that follow, Crossed and Reached, are a series that will open your mind, break your heart and then piece you back together again.

Reviewsday: Angelfall by Susan Ee


Ever since her Dad left, Penryn has taken on the role of the head of the family. With a sister in a wheelchair and a mentally disturbed mother, it was never going to be an easy task. But after Angels rained down from the sky and began slaughtering everything in their wake, leaving the world in an apocalyptic state, it becomes a bigger job than even Penryn bargained for. Keeping her family safe is one thing but it soon becomes clear that keeping them together is going to be harder than she expected… especially after her sister Paige is abducted by a band of the hellish Angels.

Left with no one but the wounded, outcast Angel abandoned by his fellow comrades, Penryn’s determination to rescue her sister leads her to do the one thing she swore she would never do: ally herself with an Angel. Raffe, however, is not quite the Angel Penryn expected. Wingless as a result of a vicious attack, Raffe’s vulnerable state allows for Penryn to coerce him into aiding her in her task. Travelling cross country to the Angels stronghold is not a task for the faint of heart as Penryn discovers and the dangers they face on the road are only just bearable, even as Penryn begins to realise that a wingless Angel is not a defenceless Angel… and that this wingless Angel isn’t as bad as she thought he would be. In fact, in certain situations, he’s quite nice in his own odd way… and quite handsome…

A beautiful mash of apocalyptic drama, romance, fantasy and action, Angelfall is a book that will quench all thirsts. Angels as we know them have been twisted and turned into ruthless, elitist killers and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Penryn’s determination to save her sister despite the things she has to endure to do so, combined with her rough, gritty, “Help, I really have no idea what I’m doing” character made this book really something special for me and I know there are plenty of readers out there who would feel the same.