Written by Rick Yancey
Published September, 2014 by Penguin
Genres: Aliens, Sci-Fi, Survival
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How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.
Surviving 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.
Cassie 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 sadly felt like mostly filler. Being a bit over half of its predecessor, I expected the second book in The 5th Wave series to be a little more focused and critical to the storyline. While we did learn some new things about the aliens, and delved a bit deeper into the secondary character, I still feel that The Infinite Sea could’ve brought a lot more to the table.
“When you look death in the eye and death blinks first, nothing seems impossible.”
Less focused on Cassie this time around (thankfully, actually, because she’s so hung up on Evan in this one…) The Infinite Sea instead swapped her POV chapters with Ringer. Having liked Ringer in The 5th Wave, I wasn’t disappointed. I was eager to learn more about her character and her past, and see just how different she was to Cassie and Ben, our previous protagonists. In The Infinite Sea, we get to see how Ringer (and others like her) play into the alien’s ‘grand plan’ and the journey, while not unexciting, felt a little left field. There was no urgency or obvious direction, just more questions upon questions. When we finally made a vital discovery alongside her, we were at the end of the book.
I can find no fault with Rick Yancey’s actual style of writing. It’s a great balance of description and action, and although I had some problems with his representation of what a girl’s mind works like in The 5th Wave, I was able to let it go this book. Sadly, though, I whenever I found the phrase ‘the infinite sea’ within the book, I found it odd rather than clever. It stood out like a sore thumb and often detracted from whatever was being written.
“It was simple. It was complex. It was savage; it was elegant. It was a dance; it was a war. It was finite and eternal. It was life.”
There was also some ‘slut-shaming’ which most call upon when reviewing this book. Rather than go on about how women are represented in books, let me just say that it made me re-think my like for Cassie purely because she is so juvenile when it comes to Evan. Just because a new girl (Grace) is gorgeous and has some past with Evan, Cassie calls her a ‘slut’. Um? And this is just upon meeting her. Don’t you have bigger problems, Cassie Sullivan? Like the human race almost being annihilated?
I liked the mini-romance between Ringer and a new character called Razor. It was unexpected, and short, but it remains a highlight. I was excited to learn more about the squad (Teacake, Poundcake, Dumbo, etc.) so imagine my delight when we got some POV chapter’s from Poundcake. I’m a little confused at how his epic scene unfolded. I had to re-read it a few times and it didn’t make sense. Those who have read it might know what I mean.
“No hope without faith, no faith without hope, no love without trust, no trust without love. Remove one and the entire human house of cards collapses.”
The Infinite Sea was a quick-read, so I’m not disappointed I read it. There were a few good things here and there, but sadly it was just more of the same. We were given few answers and I felt the plot hardly progressed. I’m still waiting for that OH, WOW moment where everything makes sense and there’s a real sense of urgency for a final fight for Earth.
Even though I’m two books into this series, with one to go, I don’t feel as if the story has grown or matured into anything resembling a conclusion. We’ll see, however, when I move onto The Last Star.