Not much to update about Anna. I’m waiting on the second round of editing, which is basic proofreading. The max it should take is 4 weeks, but the last edit took less than 4 weeks and required more work, so there’s a chance it will be sooner. Now, it’s just a bet as to what will come first, the final text of the book or the baby.

Not much writing happening outside of my full-time job. If you’ve ever been pregnant, you probably know why. I’m in my last 6 weeks, so I’m waking up every hour of the night, and have lots of aches and pains. The baby is growing rapidly and it feels like, more than ever, that I’m carrying around a bowling ball all day.

Rick Yancey's 5th Wave
However, it has given me a chance to get some reading done. Right now, I’m in the middle of 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, a science fiction young adult book about a teenage girl named Cassie trying to survive alone in a world that has been “invaded” by aliens. When the book begins, there have already been 4 waves of attacks, except she really has no idea what these aliens look like, because all of the attacks have been indirect – drones, viruses, etc. All of her friends and most of her family are dead. Her brother has been kidnapped by the aliens and she’s on a mission to rescue him. But she’s struggling with the “kill or be killed” approach she’s had to adopt.

Yancey does a great job with his characterization. Cassie is a very likeable, realistic representation of teenagers. He doesn’t try to weigh her down with too many adult concerns, even as she’s forced into a very adult situation. She’s still a teenager, though a hardened one, that young adults can relate to.

The reader learns about the first waves of the invasion and Cassie through well-integrated flashbacks. Despite the heaviness that comes with most of the world population being obliterated, Yancey and his characters maintain a sense of humor. He pokes fun at past alien stories and how humans got it so wrong with their flying saucers and little green men. It will make you look at alien stories a different way.

More on this once I finish the book. So far, I’m really enjoying it and, already, I would recommend reading it.

Until the next update…