Then there’s Ben. Ben Parish, aka Zombie. He’s not an actual Zombie (even though the 3rd Wave is a disease that was spread by birds). He gets that nickname in a military camp.
We can’t forget Commander Vosch. Savior to some, ruthless killer to others. He’s the brains of the military camp.
These are our characters, and a smoldering, disease-ridden, rotting world is our stage.
All in all, this 457-page book was just okay. I must say that the ending was unsatisfying for me, the characters were a little hard to get invested in, and I really really wanted to learn more about the alien culture. Because of these reasons I rate this book as a 4.5 stars out of 5. It has some mild swearing, and at one point an F-bomb is dropped. Other than that it’s pretty tame, so middle to high school would be the perfect reading level.
In the end, it just didn’t get me excited like Afterworlds, or City of Bones, or The Night Circus.
Reviewed by Isabella C., grade 9
Editor's note: I guess I liked this book a lot better than Isabella did! Here's what I had to say in July of 2013 on Goodreads, right after I read it:
If you read and enjoy the book, the sequel is now out, and we have copies at Burbank Public Library!