A few years back, I asked my wife to describe her greatest fear. Without hesitation, she said, “Aliens!” This sparked a long discussion that lasted long into the night. Why aliens? My own view (and why aliens didn’t even make my top ten of things-to-keep-me-up-at-night) was our species would most likely never encounter a civilization from another planet for several reasons, the chief being the vast distances between planetary systems. In other words, why bother? Time passed, as time does, and I ran across an interview with the physicist Stephen Hawking, who stated his personal hope that aliens never find us, believing the results of an encounter would be disastrous – for us. That remark got my creative juices stirring.
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey has been shortlisted in the Older Readerscategory of the Red House Children's Book Award 2014. The Red House Children's Book Award is the only national children’s book award voted for entirely by children. It is owned and co-ordinated by the Federation of Children's Book Groups, and sponsored by Red House.