(Descriptions from Goodreads)
The Fith Wave by Rick Yancy, reviews at The Book Smugglers, The Midnight Garden, The Oaken Bookcase, The Speculative Scotsman & Warpcore SF
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.
More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings — merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.
As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students study the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing — kidnapped from their rooms at night, leaving trails of blood. Assigned to help the professor who is investigating the crimes, Joel and his friend Melody find themselves on the trail of an unexpected discovery — one that will change Rithmatics — and their world — forever.
I have listed these titles in earlier SSS posts: check out my SSS Books Page for links to more reviews:
The Grim Company by Luke Scull, reviews at Bastard Books
Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan, review at Over The Effing Rainbow
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, review at Annette’s Book Spot
Sealed with a Curse by Cecy Robson, review at Vampire Book Club
Angel’s Ink by Jocelynn Drake at My Bookish Ways
Beggars In Spain by Nancy Cress & Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear at Fantasy Cafe
Guest Posts By Authors
Aliette de Bodard at The Book Smugglers
Jocelynn Drake, at My Bookish Ways
Special Needs In Strange Worlds at Bookworm Blues
Check out the post about her very own “wolves”.