Book Review: The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

Posted on 10/20/2014 in Book Review / 1 Comment

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Book Review: The Infinite Sea by Rick YanceyThe Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
Series: The 5th Wave #2
Published by Penguin Group, Putnam Juvenile on September 16, 2014
Genres: Science-fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 313
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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three-half-stars

How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.\r\n\r\nSurviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.\r\n\r\nCassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey is the second book in The 5th Wave series, continuing the story about the survivors of a hostile alien takeover of our world. Fun fact: the first book in the series was the first book I ever reviewed for the blog, and I loved it. I was super excited about getting my hands on this installment and finding out what happens next!\r\n\r\nUnfortunately, this one didn’t grab me and pull me in the way the first book did. While it was action-packed, I just didn’t find it as riveting as the first. There were a couple of “Wait! Did that just happen?!” moments, but overall, it wasn’t a book that I had a hard time putting down. I can’t pinpoint exactly why, though. I didn’t feel like quite enough happened, and I didn’t connect with the characters the way I did the first time around. This book is also substantially shorter than its predecessor, and takes place over a shorter period of time. I am also getting a little tired of Colonel Vosch and his mind games.\r\n\r\nCassie played much less of a prominent role in this book, and while I like her character, it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. The first half of the book alternated from the points of view of several different characters, and the second half was told mostly from Ringer’s perspective. I was glad that we got to find out more about Ringer; she was one of my favorite characters, and I think that her role in the final book will be very interesting. I also have to give extra points for not taking the story where it very easily could have: the obligatory YA love triangle.  I was expecting it, and was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t happen.\r\n\r\nDon’t take those criticisms to mean this wasn’t a good book, because it was. I did enjoy reading it, just not as much as I liked the first book. I’m still very much invested in the story and can’t wait to find out how it ends, especially after the discoveries that were made during this book.

three-half-stars
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Jessica’s addiction to books began at age 4, going on weekly trips to the library with her mom. After being a young fan of Sweet Valley High and The Baby-Sitters Club, she discovered the thrill of reading a book that made her want to leave the light on and check under the bed. Her all-time favorite author is Stephen King, but she will read just about anything! Jessica never leaves home without her e-reader, and considers it the best gift she ever received. Her other hobbies include running and going to Disney World as often as possible.

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