(Cover/synopsis from Goodreads.com)
By: Rick Yancey
Publication: September 16th, 2014
Genre(s): Science Fiction, Young Adult
Synopsis: 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.
Oh, Rick Yancey. You were the master of keeping me on my seat, with new twists and turns as every chapter of this book unfolded. Now I have to wait until August 2015 for the third book!
The Infinite Sea is the second book in the 5th Wave series. Besides being almost 200 pages less than the first, The Infinite Sea dazzled me with more action, more romance, and more revelations. As the reader, I found out more about the Others and their ultimate goals. Because this is a spoiler-free review, I’m not going to tell you the big plot twist near the end of the book, but trust me, you’ll be glad I warned you; it will blow your mind. It blew my mind, at least, leaving questions and crazy excitement as the ashes left over.
Yancey expands his characters greatly; he gives us Ringer’s POV and a new character, Razor. Just when I thought I knew accurately knew all the characters and their romances, Yancey throws some new twist and everything’s new again. He doesn’t play favorites with his characters, they all have their own parts in the story just like people have their own parts in the game of life. They can hate each other, they can like each other, they might be indifferent to each other, whatever it is, the actions of ALL of his characters felt real to me. Cassie, Ringer, Ben, Evan-all of them, I could really relate to them in their moral conflicts and just their general personalities. I was wondering what it would be like if I had to go through the same trials in the fight for humanity, if I would be the same person after all of it.
My general advice if you pick up this book: Do not read it in public.
The Infinite Sea was a whirlwind of emotions. One moment I was focused on romance, smiling to myself about how cute one of the couples was, and the next thing I know, something’s been blown up or somebody’s been shot, or some new horrifying edition of violence and fear has been concocted by the Others. It was hard for me not to want to spill my thoughts on the book, to scream at someone, “He’s just been blown up!” or something crazy like that as the plot unfolded. Actually, come to think about it, I did. The plot of The Infinite Sea has been spilled among close friends and family members of mine, but, don’t worry, I’ve restrained myself enough not to spoil it for you. Just trust me, and go out and buy it for yourself!
Summing it up: I’d say this is one of the best books of the year. Amazingly high stakes, developed and creative characters, non-stop action, new and sweet romance, The Infinite Sea has it all wrapped up like one package under the Christmas tree.
My Rating: 5 stars.