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Rick Yancey

Autore di The 5th Wave

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Rick Yancey was born in Miami, Florida on November 4, 1962. He received a B.A. in English from Roosevelt University in Chicago. Before becoming a full time writer in 2004, he worked as a field officer for the Internal Revenue Service. His first book, A Burning in Homeland, was published in 2003. He mostra altro is the author of several series including The 5th Wave, The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, The Highly Effective Detective, and The Monstrumologist. He wrote a memoir entitled Confessions of a Tax Collector. In 2010, he received a Michael L. Printz Honor for The Monstrumologist. The 5th Wave was adapted into a movie. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra meno


Opere di Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave (2013) 6,464 copie
The Infinite Sea (2014) 3,075 copie
The Last Star (2015) 1,944 copie
The Monstrumologist (2010) — Autore — 1,720 copie
The Curse of the Wendigo (2010) 631 copie
The Isle of Blood (2011) — Autore — 393 copie
The Final Descent (2013) — Autore — 270 copie
The Seal of Solomon (2007) 235 copie
The Thirteenth Skull (2008) 172 copie
The 5th Wave Collection (1714) 70 copie
The 5th Wave Box Set (2015) 60 copie

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Rags & Bones (2013) — Collaboratore — 380 copie


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Informazioni generali

Nome legale
Yancey, Richard
Data di nascita
20th century
Luogo di nascita
Miami, Florida, USA
Luogo di residenza
Florida, USA
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
Gainesville, Florida, USA
Roosevelt University
Attività lavorative
Internal Revenue Service tax collector
theater critic
Premi e riconoscimenti
Michael L. Printz Honor
Breve biografia
Richard Yancey (born November 4, 1962)[citation needed] is an American author who writes works of suspense, fantasy, and science fiction aimed at young adults.

Rick Yancey was born in a Miami suburb, Florida.

Yancey wrote his first short story in seventh grade while attending Crystal Lake Junior High School in Florida. After graduating from Lakeland Senior High School, he was accepted to Florida Southern College and majored in Communications. After a year at Florida Southern College, Yancey transferred to Florida State University and ultimately graduated from Roosevelt University with a B.A. in English. After graduation, Yancey planned on attending law school.

Ultimately, Yancey decided against law school and began teaching English classes as well as acting and directing in local community theatres. In 1991, Yancey applied for a government job and was hired by the Internal Revenue Service, where he worked as an agent for twelve years.

Yancey also spent 10 years of his life in Knoxville, Tennessee, where two of his books are set.

While working at the IRS, Yancey wrote screenplays in his spare time. At the suggestion of his wife and collaborator, one of his screenplays became his first professionally published book, A Burning in Homeland (Simon and Schuster), published in 2001.

With the success of A Burning in Homeland, Yancey resigned from the IRS in 2004 to concentrate on writing full-time. His memoir, Confessions of a Tax Collector (HarperCollins, 2004), chronicles his days working at the IRS.

After the release of his memoir, Yancey began work on two series of books—one for adults, and one for children.

The Alfred Kropp series tells the story of an awkward teenager who saves the world when he comes into possession of King Arthur's famed sword, Excalibur—pursued by the secret cabal of knights who have hidden it for centuries. Published by Bloomsbury Children’s Publishing in the U.S. and the U.K., and in fifteen foreign language editions, the series comprised three books: The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp (2005), The Seal of Solomon (2007), and The Thirteenth Skull (2008).

His Highly Effective Detective books (St. Martin’s Press) are whodunits for adult readers, featuring a charming but barely competent private investigator based in Tennessee. That series consists of four titles: The Highly Effective Detective (2006), The Highly Effective Detective Goes to the Dogs (2008), The Highly Effective Detective Plays the Fool (2010), and The Highly Effective Detective Crosses the Line (2011).

By 2010, Yancey had completed the first book in The Monstrumologist series. The tetralogy tells the tale of a 19th-century doctor and his young apprentice, who race around the world chasing—and being chased by—monsters. This highly acclaimed series, published by Simon and Schuster Children’s Books in the U.S. and the U.K, and in eight foreign language editions, comprised four books: The Monstrumologist (2009), The Curse of the Wendigo (2010), The Isle of Blood (2011), and The Final Descent (2013).



I ended up leaving the book with more questions than I went into it with. It was slightly frustrating overall- the main group was in the same place for most of the book, just talking about LEAVING this place. The POV switched several times, and it felt very clunky and disorienting. "The 5th Wave" was very interesting and engaging, but this followup just left me confused with the plot and the big questions.
I'm probably going to pick up the third and final novel when it releases in paperback, but it's going to have to be pretty dang good for me to say that I actually like the series.… (altro)
deborahee | 106 altre recensioni | Feb 23, 2024 |
I was excited, but very tentatively so, to read this final installment of The 5th Wave series. Although I enjoyed the first book, the second ("The Infinite Sea") was...well, not a continuation I liked. So how did I think things wrapped up? I feel as if "The Last Star" was a solid mix of my feelings on the first two. Some good, some disappointing, and my rating falls firmly in the middle with 3 stars.

NOTE: The rest of my review contains spoilers for the WHOLE SERIES, and MAJOR SPOILERS for "The Last Star".

To start, I was SO glad the pace of the series finally switched back to the faster, fluid style that was found in "The 5th Wave" (T5W). Things actually happened, unlike the story line in "The Infinite Sea" (TIS) , which I felt dragged and lacked the punchiness of the first. I felt anxious at times, whereas my reading of TIS left me reading it simply so I could be done with it.
Also, similar to TIS, there were multiple points of view, but again, I liked them here in last book, mainly because the speaker was identified at the heading of each chapter. This wasn't so in TIS, and made for very confusing reading. I truly feel like this is a book series that benefits from the multiple POVs. Getting to be inside the mind of feelings of so many characters really built a more complete feeling of the universe and what was going on in different areas.

There were a handful of things that didn't work for me in this book.
I don't want to go into a huge, detailed explanation of each, but I'll mention a little thought on them:
Sam- In T5W, I could see him clearly as a 6 year old. He acted and spoke more like one, and it made him so very real to me. But somewhere between the end of T5W and the final book, Sam felt cold. I understand that he was put through military training, saw people killed, and was TRAINED to kill, but is there no shred of child left in him? I don't know...I just think Sam was lost somewhere, and I'm sad that he never showed emotions about Cassie dying. He just seemed to accept it and move on, and I CAN'T see a child that young being okay with the last member of his family dying so violently.

*Ben and Ringer- ???? Um. WHAT. Where did that ending come from? Is there ever going to be a YA book that ends with a pregnant girl content to just be single? Their whole relationship felt so sudden, and it didn't feel believable.

*Character development: making a character (like Cassie) go from being an average teenage girl to a teenage girl who fights aliens and shoots guns does NOT EQUAL character development. This goes for many of the characters in this cast, expect for probably Ben. The characters just got more tough and "edgy", but there was so little genuine change in any of them. Attitudes, actions, viewpoints, thinking processes- there was a real lack of development in these areas.

*This is a big one for me, and it's probably the driving force behind me not giving "The Last Star" and full 4 (possibly even 5) stars:
Throughout the whole series, the characters, especially Cassie, reflects on what it means to be human. This is a huge theme of these books. It begins way back in book 1, when Cassie writes in her journal that she thinks she may be the last human alive, and that makes her humanity:

"Because if I am the last one, then I am humanity. And if this is humanity's last war, then I am the battlefield.”

And the theme continues:

“How do you rid the Earth of humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.”

“The minute we decide that one person doesn´t matter anymore, they´ve won.”

“Onto his stomach. Then knees. Then hands. His elbows quivered, his wrists threatened to buckle under his own weight. Self-centered, stubborn, sentimental, childish, vain. I am humanity. Cynical, naive, kind, cruel, soft as down, hard as tungsten steel.
I am humanity
He crawled.
I am humanity.
He fell.
I am humanity.
He got up.”

Throughout all the books, Yancey places so much emphasis on this: we are HUMANS. If you take away our humanity, there is only a human-shaped shell left. And you know what? In the first book, I felt this. I felt Cassie's emotions and fear, Ben and Sam's, all of them: they felt so real to me, and their voices were strong and loud even if they were scared. They persevere, the fight, they cry, and they HOLD ON to their humanity. They are so insistent on fighting back and keeping Earth, and there are moral dilemmas that must be faced.
But then...this is watered down. Greatly.
Reflections on "I am humanity" just become, "Wow, I miss McDonalds and milkshakes and TV and cars, humans will never be the same". Sure, longing for this things would be normal, but I feel as if the whole message of "humanity makes humans HUMAN" was lost. Everyone felt so cold and heartless for large chunks of time, and their willingness to kill (almost mindlessly) became stronger. What happened to the passion for morals, for fighting for a cause without senseless killing, for LIVING and not just surviving?
My thoughts are a little jumbled here, but I just wanted to see more HUMAN EMOTION. I wanted to see the characters struggle with their actions, like in T5W. I wanted more HUMANITY, the thing the aliens were so determined to strip away. At the ending, I think the aliens succeeded a bit. The characters felt much less human.

All in all, it was a decent conclusion. I didn't completely do it for me, but given how things have been set up for the readers, it worked. I'd be interested to see what Yancey produces next, although I'm not chomping at the bit to get my hands on it.
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deborahee | 61 altre recensioni | Feb 23, 2024 |
Predictable, but not in a bad way. Nicely paced, but contains a lot of filler.
Dracoster | 371 altre recensioni | Feb 21, 2024 |

I bought this book after watching a guy working at the airport in St. Thomas who COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. He'd sit there nose in the book until it was time to load or unload baggage and then he'd hightail it back to the book. Any book that has somebody so wrapped up is one that I need to check out.

While I don't think I liked it as much as that guy seemed to, I totally enjoyed this story of a teenage girl making her way in the world after an alien invasion. This has all the now familiar elements of teenage dystopia: feisty female protagonist, two impossibly handsome guys to act as love interests, adorable younger sibling, etc. Just like when I finished Hunger Games, I used my kindle to immediately download the second book in the series.

is this great literature? No...but it's fun and I want to know what happens next.

… (altro)
hmonkeyreads | 371 altre recensioni | Jan 25, 2024 |


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