This story is incredibly bleak, and I was completely obsessed with it. I have no idea what that says about me, but let’s stay focused on this alien-invasion survival story. It’s told in multiple POVs, but the main focus is on Cassie, a sixteen year-old who is alone after The Others (alien invaders) brought down 4 waves of destruction upon humanity, wiping out the majority of the world’s population. Her only goal is to find and rescue her younger brother, if he’s even still alive after being collected, along with all the other living children, by soldiers (maybe human, maybe alien). She can’t trust anyone, since the aliens can invade human bodies, making it hard to determine if anyone she happens across is friend or foe, ally or doom.
This is probably the best post-apocalyptic story I’ve read since the Ashfall trilogy by Mike Mullin. I need to read book 2 ASAP, and then I imagine I’ll spend the next 4 months being upset about the fact that book 3 is not being released until May 24, 2016.