A Film Adaptation of : The Fifth Wave By: Sara Madison Nuckolls

Movie Poster of "The 5th Wave" Link : https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjL_6SmnsLSAhUFQiYKHYU0CPwQjRwIBw&url=https%3A%2F%2Fteaser-trailer.com%2Fmovie%2Fthe-5th-wave%2F&bvm=bv.148747831,d.eWE&psig=AFQjCNGtEwk2HFdB6yKW_GLRDSMadrlGdg&ust=1488901993051277

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A short overview on "The Fifth Wave".

"The Fifth Wave" is a novel written by Rick Yancey. The setting takes place in an apocalyptic world where aliens, who are host of the human body, have wiped out most of humanity. This novel is the first of a trilogy and focuses on inciting the reader on how the world works now that aliens have taken over, yet this novel is an action packed romance as well. The main character, Cassie, falls in love with a guy named Evan Walker while they go on a mission to save her little brother named Sammy, who was taken by the aliens.

This image is of Cassiopeia Marie Sullivan, the main character of the novel. http://m.aceshowbiz.com/webimages/still/the-5th-wave-image02.jpg

The novel is told through Cassie's point of view so you meet her in the first sentence of the novel. She is described as a strawberry blonde with fair skin in the novel. As seen in the photo above Cassie has blonde hair. Though the hair color may slightly be off, the characterization is exactly on point. Cassie is one of the bravest characters in the novel, even though she tends to go insane. Cassie asks herself "Am I crazy? Have I lost my mind?" (Yancey 4) to show you her struggle of being alone on this apocalyptic Earth. While in the movie you are not allowed to hear Cassie's thoughts, the actor portrays them through her actions, such as the scene with a soldier holding a crucifix.

Soldier holding a crucifix scene. https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjYkpaKm8LSAhVDyyYKHWswDVQQjRwIBw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fforeveryoungadult.com%2F2015%2F09%2F01%2Fa-highly-scientific-analysis-of-the-5th-wave-trailer%2F&bvm=bv.148747831,d.eWE&psig=AFQjCNFvGVB2WmFcRvehm8Q1otubNcB4Dg&ust=1488901112790935

In the crucifix scene, Cassie enters an abandoned gas station she goes to time to time for supplies. As she walks through the busted out door she automatically realizes something is different about the place. "...I listened to the silence of the abandoned store...And then Something made a noise..." (Yancey 8). She came across a dying soldier who was holding something metallic in his hand, and as soon as Cassie saw the shiny object she killed him. The object was "thin and metallic, and my finger yanked back on the trigger, and the rifle kicked against my shoulder hard,...as i emptied the clip...i heard something screaming...it wasn't him screaming, it was me screaming..." (Yancey 13) After killing the man Cassie went to his dead body to see that he had been holding a crucifix. This scene shows how the apocalypse is getting into Cassie's head and making her shoot first and ask questions later. This scene was a major development of Cassie in the movie and the novel, for it shows how her humanity is slipping away.

Cassie meeting Evan Walker for the first time: https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwj2-bfPk8fSAhUJ4iYKHQ0fBdQQjRwIBw&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DHxveUHxy08A&bvm=bv.148747831,d.eWE&psig=AFQjCNHv4BqPJufZJoZ5vIz_yN0D5Hu1ww&ust=1489070888474737

This scene is where Evan Walker saves Cassie's life after shooting her. In the novel, Cassie and Evan do not meet until the 53rd chapter. In the movie however they meet quite quickly. "I know I can't confront him. Way too risky. What if the worst is true? .... Evan Walker, Silencer. I tell myself this last possibility is ridiculous." (Yancey 273) This quote is when Cassie is trying to convince herself that Evan may be a silencer, an alien, but she strays away from the thought because he saved her life. In the movie this process is very fast paced in order to make the movie a reasonable length, but in the book it is several chapters. Though they sped up this process in the movie, they did it very well, and did not skip any major details.

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