Monthly Archives: March 2014

Rick Yancey’s YA lit a hit by The Gainesville Sun!


Rick Yancey was recently featured in an article for The Gainesville Sun. In the article Rick talks the The 5th Wave, The 5th Wave movie, The Monstrumologist and more.

Check out an excerpt from the article:

The series’ climactic book, “The Final Descent,” recently won the gold medal in young-adult fiction in the 2013 Florida Book Awards competition. Another of Yancey’s books, “The Fifth Wave,” recently captured a Red House Children’s Book Award, a prize in the United Kingdom determined by the votes of young readers.

In just over a decade as a full-time writer, Yancey, 51, has become successful enough to have a series of novels carried by two major publishers: “The Monstrumologist” series by Simon & Schuster and “The 5th Wave” series by Penguin Random House.

“I’m incredibly blessed to be able make a living at it; so few writers can,” Yancey said. “There is a very tiny percentage that are able to earn their bread writing. I’m gratified to be in that small percentage.”


“The 5th Wave,” published last year, is a post-apocalyptic tale of a girl fleeing a merciless band of alien invaders. A reviewer in USA Today called the book “a modern sci-fi masterpiece.” “The Infinite Sea,” the second book of a planned trilogy, is due for publication in September.

Yancey said “The 5th Wave” has been optioned by Material Pictures, actor Tobey Maguire’s production company, for a film adaptation.

Yancey said he has traveled extensively to promote “The 5th Wave,” which has been published in 33 countries.

“Young adult readers become so emotionally invested in the book series — you see that, I think, ever since ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Twilight,’ ‘The Hunger Games’ and now ‘Divergent’ — it becomes a social media phenomenon,” Yancey said. “And publishers understand that the reading community for young adult literature is fierce and passionate and wants to interact with the creators of these books, so you do quite a bit of traveling and social media work.”

Click here to read the full article from The Gainesville Sun

Cassie Sullivan fancasting for @RickYancey’s ‘The 5th Wave’ from @PagetoPremiere

Last week Rick Yancey in an interview with USA Today said that two actors has been chosen to play the leads in The 5th Wave film. Upon that exciting news Page to Premiere has come up with a great list if actresses that could play Cassie.

See a couple of the actresses below:

Gabriella Wilde

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Another actress put forward by you readers and fans is 24-year-old British Actress and Model Gabriella Wilde, known mostly for starring along side Logan Lerman in ‘The Three Musketeers’ as well as with the lovely Ansel Elgort and Chloe Grace Moretz in ‘Carrie’, she has also starred in the recent motion picture ‘Endless Love’ with Alex Pettyfer. An onslaught of YA actors! I’ve personally only had the chance to see her in action with her role in Carrie, in which she plays Sue Snell, also managing to catch a glimpse of her in Doctor Who during the episode ‘Vampire’s of Venice’. Now in Carrie we managed to see a rather soft, and caring young girl, one goes out of her way in order to help Carrie and make her happy, which would be a valuble attribute when working with the vulnerable side of Cassie, and with her role as one of the Vampire’s in Doctor Who we managed to catch a glimpse of a slightly vicious Gabriella, one that if worked on more could totally portray the bad-ass personality of Cassie Sullivan.

Madelaine Hasson

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Madelaine Hasson, the 19-year-old Actress, is mostly known for her role in Fox’s tv series ‘The Finder’, as well as the ABC series ‘Twisted’. I haven’t had the chance to personally see her in anything myself, and is another suggestion by the wonderful writer Natasha Polis, only I find myself quickly favoring Madelaine as a contender for Cassie Sullivan. When browsing through her images I found that she usually had an edgy, feisty and sort of ‘don’t mess with me’ look about her, a vibe that I often got from Cassie when reading The 5th Wave, and despite being 3 years older that the character of Cassie she is another Actress who has rather young features, I could definitely see her running around with a gun in The 5th Wave Universe.

Madelaine Hasson or Gabriella Wilde are my two fancasts for Cassie in The 5th Wave. I think Britt Robertson would be great too.

Head on over to PagetoPremiere to see the rest of the Cassie Sullivan fan casts.

Who did you fancast as Cassie Sullivan, Ben Parish, Evan Walker or any of the rest of the cast? Share in the comments.

‘The 5th Wave’ movie to announce main cast soon!


During an interview with USA Today, Rick Yancey said that casting news for The 5th Wave movie would be coming in a couple of weeks.

All we know so far about the movie is that Tobey Macquire optioned the rights with Sony Pictures, J Blakeson is the director and Susannah Grant is the screenwriter.


Have you fan casted anyone for the roles of Cassie, Evan, Ben or Sammy? Share them in the comments.

COVER REVEAL: Rick Yancey’s ‘THE INFINITE SEA’ + interview!

The cover for Rick Yancey’s highly anticipated The Infinite Sea has finally been revealed by USA Today!


Rick was also Interviewed by USA Today:

Q. Overall, what can you tease about the sequel?

A. It will follow the same core structurally as the first book in that it will be a story told from different points of view. (Ben’s fellow soldier) Ringer takes on a much more major role in the second book. And if readers thought Cassie was kick-ass, she makes Cassie look like a Girl Scout.
We’ll meet some new characters, and we’ll discover a lot of the characters in the first book may not actually be the way (they seem to be). There still are some things that are hidden and will be revealed — there’s one major twist, and this one I don’t think anybody sees coming.

The question I get from a lot of readers is what happened to Evan Walker at the end of the first book: Is he alive or dead? That question will be answered in the second book.

Q. How about the Others?

A. We’ll find out more about them. We get some hints at the ultimate goal. Keep in mind, this book is not told from the point of view of the aliens — it’s told from the point of view of people who are 18 years and younger, who are making guesses about what exactly is going on.

In the second book and especially the third book, the full import — what they are, where they are and what’s going on — will obviously be revealed.

Q. Did you seed some hints at what fans will read in the cover of The Infinite Sea?

A. I love this cover because it takes themes or motifs from the first book that will carry through on this one and the third one, too. They have the negative image of the owl on the first book, and there is a negative image of an owl on the second cover — instead of being behind that solitary figure, it’s actually in front of them and reflected in that watery surface.

The first cover was in the woods and you see a sea in the distance. In this one, it’s more of an interior, where it’s almost like a tunnel, which is a little bit of a teaser of the second book.

Q. Why did you decide to call the second book The Infinite Sea?

A. I really kill myself on titles, although The 5th Wave seems like an obvious title, doesn’t it? You don’t know how long that took me.
There’s a section in the first book called “The Infinite Sea” and it’s referencing that moment — which is one of my favorites in the first book — when Cassie has finally reached the safe room where somewhere in that room is Sam. She’s wandering through it and seeing all of these kids looking up at her, and she imagines the walls of that room spreading to infinity filled with billions of faces of children. She calls it “an infinite sea of upturned faces.”

I wouldn’t call it a wave, but there’s one particularly nasty thing that the Others have decided to do during this winter season after the first 4 1/2 waves have rolled out that involves children. The title harkens back to (Cassie’s) feelings of “They are my responsibility now, not just my little brother.”

Q. For those who really loved The 5th Wave, what will surprise them the most about where you go in the sequel?

They will be absolutely shocked — shocked — by Evan’s fate.

Q. British filmmaker J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed) has signed on to be the 5th Wave director. Any details you want to spill in terms of actors in the movie?

A. There will be casting in the next couple of weeks. Apparently everybody’s just crazy about the script, including the two leads. The scriptwriter actually is Susannah Grant, who wrote Erin Brockovich. I haven’t seen the script yet because I keep waiting for a version that won’t make me cry.

Click here to read the rest of the article at USA Today.

The Infinite Sea is due out in stores on September 16th.