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The Next Big Thing
by Student, Marissa Muller

Throughout my life, I have come to the conclusion that I have one true skill. And that skill is picking the next new novel series before it is a big hit. As a little child, I picked up Harry Potter before the craze. I read Twilight years before it was huge. I also read Hunger Games and Divergent, all before they became multi-million dollar entities of themselves. As a business student, I am very upset that you cannot purchase stock in a book. If so, I would be the equivalent of one those crazy, lucky people who bought Apple stock at the beginning. But since my great talent doesn’t reap any financial benefit, I have decided to share my new insight with all of you.

Right now, I am publically stating that I believe I have found the new Hunger Games. One day in the near future, there will be four movies with a hunky male and a pretty girl playing the roles of the lead characters. The hottest band of the time will record an edgy and adventurous sounding song for the closing credits. And the biggest controversy will be over how they changed the main charterer’s hair from brown to blond and that Walmart is all out of copies of the latest book. So brace yourselves, ladies and gentlemen, for the new craze: The Fifth Wave.


This teen dystopian novel is written by Rick Yancey and already has a fast-growing following. Unlike most young adult end-of-the-world books, this one is incredibly well written. Other than Harry Potter, this is the first series that truly got me invested in the characters. I was rolling around on the floor, throwing pillows across the room, and straining my eyes to read as fast as I could because I couldn’t put the book down. My heart would race, tears even fell, and I would scream from happiness when something good happened. It was an emotional roller-coaster of a read, but one that was enthralling, engaging, and captivating for every step along the way.

Don’t think for a moment that this book is predictable. It isn’t. I love trying to figure out how things end. I am typically skilled in guessing how things will conclude, mainly because books are so predictable. But the Fifth Wave differs. It is clever, with a plot twist that will leave your jaw on the floor. I must admit, writing this review is difficult because I genuinely don’t want to give away anything for you. But if you find yourself lacking something to do or are heading off to a beach or will be sitting on an airplane for a long time; I suggest you read this book. It is fantastic, and soon you will be able to tell all of your friends that you were one of the original fans.