I posted about this one earlier this week because my family DNF'd it as a family read-along audiobook. We had gotten to about 40%, and my husband was desperately bored. And, when my husband is desperately bored, no one, and I mean no one, is allowed to have any fun (which totally reminds me of the time when we were dating that I talked him into going to see The Enchanted April with me at the movie theater, and he fell asleep in the middle of the movie and started snoring.)
Anyway, I digress. I was sort of enjoying the book, so I decided to read on. And I'm glad I did, although I will say that this book has major issues with pacing, and has been terribly overhyped. It's good, but the hype raises expectations, and I don't think that it actually meets those expectations. Nonetheless, had we soldiered on, the book actually does pick up steam.
So, at about the 50% mark, things pick up and we are introduced to some new characters and some new settings. The last 15% is non-stop action. And the book ends at the right point to set up the second book.
In some ways, I almost feel like this book is a prequel to the main story, which will come in book 2, as well as any subsequent books, and which will (hopefully) represent the classic rag-tag band of heroes taking on the invaders. A sort of a Red Dawn with aliens.
So, over all, given the pacing issues and the fact that we spend way too much time inside of Cassie's head, this is a 3 1/2 star book for me. Also, a word about what I like to call the DLT (damned love triangle, pronounced "dolt") - there are rumors out there that this book involves a love triangle. It does not. However, Rick Yancey has created a set up that could potentially result in a DLT in the subsequent books. Please, please, please, Mr. Yancey, DO NOT DO THIS! Do not succumb to the temptation to be like every other YA author out there and write this as a stupid, love triangle romance, between Cassie and the two men. Please. It's a freaking alien invasion, end of the world story. Let there be no mooning over which boy is hotter, please (as it is, in this book, Cassie spends way too much time mooning over the chocolatey brown eyes of one of the male characters. Stop that). Your characters deserve better, your readers deserve better, and, honestly, you deserve better.
I am begging you. Step away from the DLT.
Finally, I want to throw out a quick shout out for Mr. Yancey's other series - The Monstrumologist. Amazing book. You should read it.