The Infinite Sea (The Fifth Wave #2) by Rick Yancey

November 29, 2014
Infinite Sea (The Fifth Wave #2) by Rick Yancey, Book Review

4.5 Stars Check it out Here



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.



"They can kill us, even down to the last of us, but they can't kill- can never kill-what lasts in us."
I was not expecting tears, I was not expecting genuine surprise at the way this plot progresses. But this book surpasses the first,  because we see this empty, desolate, hopeless atmosphere through Ringer's eyes. Ringer the bad-ass I yearn to be.
Like other reviewers have noted the beginning of this novel drags until we reach the action, the plot twists and the characters who only emerge to break our hearts. That lag in the book, that plagued the beginning was the only thing that kept this from five stars and above. The action, the writing and the characters that leap off the page and visit you in your pondering thoughts, kept me plowing through every page. This book didn't even suffer the second book mostly filler syndrome that alot of trilogy's suffer. The perseverance of our characters, the fight that refuses to let up, even when there's blood pouring into eyes, danger in the instinct to help defenseless children, and fever wrapping around the senses as characters make decisions between life and death. While reading I felt more than a few times, that going Dorothy was the only proper response, losing it the only rational way to deal for Zombie, Dumbo, Poundcake, Cassie, Nugget, Teacup and Ringer.
"Vincit qui patitur." (Who Endures Conquers) 
I was relieved Cassie's role was limited, and her romance with Evan was not overly rehashed. Mr. Yancey's writing continues to be engaging and sometimes so disarming, I have to take a breath, put the book down and come back.
"I don't think I'd heard my brother laugh since our mother died. It startled me like finding a lake in the the middle of the dessert."
If your wavering about continuing the series, if you feel like Cassie and Evan was a bit too much in the first book, don't fret. I barely read romance too much sugar and not enough spice, but this will leave your palate singed, unable to digest even the sweetness of Poundcake.
This book is here to entertain and make you hesitant to read the next chapter because your unsure whether you can take anymore, unsure whether the desperation in the pages will latch on to you until you can't shake them. But if your up for the tears, for the end of the world, unfiltered by convenient ways to escape, dive right in.


Axie said...

Great review! I've been reading reviews that have been pretty critical of the book, so it's heartening to hear that, although it has a slow beginning, it picks up quickly and is just as awesome as the heart-pounding first installment. I actually liked the Cassie & Evan romance, mostly b/c I like both of them as characters, but I'm excited to see the spotlight on some of the newer characters. Excited to read this, especially with all the circulating movie news. <3 Nick Robinson (actor who's playing Ben Parish).

InToriLex said...

This is awesome, movie news, what!!! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I also <3 Nick Robinson!!!

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