Silver Screen Saturdays #4

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I just got home from work and it’s still Saturday in my book, so I’m calling this post fair game. It’s not Sunday people, that’s just an illusion.

So LOTS has happened in the adaptation film world since we last spoke and I have the highlights. There are two things I’m crazy excited to talk about so sorry if I gush.

I’ll kick it off with something I’m excited about.

tumblr_nbvy2sVEY91smfm4po1_1280 The 5th Wave movie has started production and I’m like “YESS GIMME NOW!” This is going to be one exiting movie. Recent castings include Liev Schreiber as Colonel Vosch and Zackary Arthur as Sammy Sullivan. If you didn’t already know Chloe Grace Moretz is Cassie Sullivan, Nick Robinson is Ben Parish, Alex Roe is Evan Walker (babe), and Maika Monroe is Ringer. One cute tidbit about the movie is this pic that the official 5th Wave Instagram account. This foam cutout of Sammy’s bear. It was awesome to hear Rick Yancey talk about the bear at a signing that Katie and I attended on Friday night. He said that they are creating this bear completely from scratch and they’ll have special meanings just to talk about Sammy’s bear. I for one cannot wait to see the turnout! And I’m not ashamed to say that when Sammy’s bear comes out in stores as official 5th Wave merch I will buy one and have super mega cuddle time with it while I read and drool over Evan Walker. So I’m really excited for this movie! Out January 29, 2016… so still a ways to go, but I can find some patience somewhere – I hope.

papertownsNext up for all you Nerdfighters  there is some Paper Towns news! Cara Delevingne has joined the cast, along side Nat Wolff, as Margot Roth Spiegelman! And not only that casting gem, but Jake Scheier has taken on the task of directing this adaptation. Some more news on the John Green front, Universal has shown interesting in optioning Let It Snow. Since this is a short story collection I think that could be something cute. We shall see. OH and before I switch topics don’t forget that The Fault in Our Stars is now on DVD! WHEE! Now we can all cry our eyes out from the comfort of our own home.

Screen-Shot-2014-09-11-at-11.34.56-AMThis new Anastasia Steele still was released by the official Fifty Shades Twitter as a happy birthday to the character. Personally I think a good way to wish Ana a happy birthday is more shirtless Christian, but that’s just my opinion. This will do nicely though. Valentine’s Day where are you?!

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The Maze Runner hit theaters this weekend! Stealing the #1 slot at the box office the film is tracking to make $31 Million for it’s opening weekend. Not bad for a Fall feature. This is our slowest time of the year in my opinion, at least at my theater, so this weekend was a nice change of pace at work. Plus the movie is total awesome sauce. I just saw it for the second time tonight with my husband, and even he enjoyed it! I’ll be writing a review soon, so check back for that. I love love loved it!

I know that wasn’t as much news as there actually was in the world, but it’s after 3:00 am now so I’m going to leave you with this HILARIOUS Divergent dystopian parody starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Tyler Posey. I was laughing for days. DAYS I TELL YOU! See you next time movie lovers.

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The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey

5thwaveThe 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave #1) – Rick Yancey
Published May 7, 2012 by
Putnam Juvenile
Source: purchased

This book is just epic. I was in love from page 1. The story pulled me in right away and there was honestly not a single moment this book let up. The characters, the world building, the action and even the romances…it was all perfect. I swear this book was so perfect it felt like a gift. This is the new book I will be recommending TO EVERYONE!

The book takes place right after the 4th wave. All of the characters have lived through the first 4 waves and are currently impatiently waiting out their days until their death or for an unknown 5th wave. This is a bit of a mash-up of alien invasion and dystopian, which means there were some elements that have been done before but a lot of it still felt unique and new. One thing I loved about this was that all the characters lived before the invasion happened so they all know what Earth “used to be like”. Too many times the setting is in the near future so the characters don’t know what Earth used to be like and I am glad these characters have something to hold on to.

There is a fair amount of mystery to this book simply because the characters do not know who to trust. Some of the aliens have taken form as humans, so there is always the chance you second guess if this person is human or alien. There were so many points in the book were I flipped on the some of the characters!

I did not know when picking this book up that it featured multiple POVs. The first POV shift doesn’t happen for quite a bit so it confused me at first but once I got into the flow it totally worked. I did find myself craving Cassie’s POV but the other characters added well to the story. All of the characters are unique but one thing that shines through is their will to live. The population is almost nothing at this point so it was important to show why each character is currently alive. Yancey does a magnificent job of making the characters hard but also compassionate at times. Overall each character is rounded out nicely, containing the perfect mix of attributes to  make them real.

Cassie is my new favorite heroine. She is strong, brave and independent as well as quite the entertaining narrator. There were a few “serious” moments she would make a funny comment and as weird as that can be, it totally worked! Everything Cassie said (and thought) felt incredibly natural. At one point she says “Are pervs only pervs if you don’t find them attractive?” and I absolutely lost it. She has some amazing one-liners both internally and externally that make the story not feel so dark.

Quick note about the romance(s) in this book. The romance is there but it is not dominant in most scenes that it is in. Yancey wrote the romance in this wonderfully. I say this because there was some importance to the romance but I ultimately think Book 2 is where to real sparks are going to fly. I can say I was satisfied with how much romance was in Book 1 but I will be needing more in Book 2.

You can read an extended preview here! I am warning you in advance, this is going to make you want to pick up the book ASAP.

Rating

5star