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The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey {4 Stars}

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey is the heart-wrenching, pulse-pounding sequel to The 5th Wave. The aliens are meaner, the feels more devastating, and the plot even twistier if that is possible. The Infinite Sea is a book you need to deliberately schedule time for to avoid missing appointments or horrendously disrupting your sleep schedule. I seriously could not put down The Infinite Sea and then I noticed it was 3am. I called in sick to work (I really did have a headache from all the crying…) and finished it immediately. Due to the nature of these books, there will be major spoilers for The 5th Wave below.

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey {4 Stars}

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey (The 5th Wave #2)
Published by Putnam Juvenille on Sept. 16th, 2014
Genres: Post Apocalyptic, Thriller, YA
Page Length: 320 pages
How I got my copy: Borrowed
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For Cassie Sullivan and the rest of Earth’s remaining human survivors, the situation was already desperate when the 5th Wave hit. It’s about to get worse.

No one yet knows the depths to which Earth’s conquerors—the Others—will sink in order to rid the Earth of the human infestation, nor have they guessed the heights to which the human spirit can reach. Characters introduced in Book One will come to the fore—and others will face the ultimate test.

4 Stars

Strengths:

  • You know how crazy the plot twists were in The 5th Wave? I didn’t think I could be shocked anymore; I was prepared. The Infinite Sea still threw me with a trippy and awesome plot, possibly even better than The 5th Wave.
  • I must admit that I was a bit confused at the end of The 5th Wave, so it was a relief when The Infinite Sea took the opportunity to explain some things for me! The Infinite Sea nicely confirms what happened at the end of The 5th Wave for those of us still guessing. Therefore, my brain was better prepared to be further messed with ;-).
  • The Infinite Sea will make you feel ALL THE FEELS! Seriously, have a tissue box ready before you even open this one. The Infinite Sea makes it clear from the beginning that no one is safe and you never know when you will feel abject despair or the few rays of hope.
  • Ringer is a second first-person narrator for The Infinite Sea and adds an amusing new voice given her relationship with Cassie. A number of other secondary characters get a chapter or two throughout The Infinite Sea in order to expand back stories or give a new perspective on a scene. Overall this leads to a nice variety of all our favorite characters getting a place in The Infinite Sea.
  • I don’t know if I just didn’t notice the writing in The 5th Wave because I was listening to the audiobook, but wow is The Infinite Sea beautifully written! The 5th Wave trilogy is honestly shaping up to be the sci-fi version of Daughter of Smoke and Bone given the beautiful poetry of the writing.

Weaknesses:

  •  This might sound like a strange complaint, but The Infinite Sea drops the title of the book waaaaay too much. I’m a firm believer in the title (when not a proper noun) only being used once to emphasize the importance of a scene, maybe twice if done well. The Infinite Sea drops the title or something very close to the title in poetic descriptions at least five times. It just loses its meaning when used that often.
  • Without any spoilers, I was not thrilled with the very end of The Infinite Sea. That is all.
  • The plot of The Infinite Sea ended up rather disjointed. There are two plot lines and they don’t really mesh much at all. I’m sure they’ll come together nicely in the third book, but it ended up feeling like a bit of a sophomore stumble.

Summary:

The Infinite Sea is a stunning sequel to The 5th Wave despite a few slip-ups. If you loved the action and darkness of the first book, you will love The Infinite Sea. I wasn’t kidding about the tissues or the scheduled time though, because The Infinite Sea ripped out my heart and stomped on it a bit for good measure and I loved every second of it.

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

 The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

© 2014 – 2016, Anya. All rights reserved.

Comments

  1. I only read your intro paragraph because spoilers (I haven’t read book one yet!) but this series sounds like it’s only improving with time. Since that’s not always the case with YA I’m pretty excited about this one. Maybe The 5th Wave will be one of my next reads! Hopefully your tear headache wasn’t too bad, Anya!
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  2. *reading your first paragraph* I’M ALREADY CRYING I CAN’T HANDLE THIS.

    I’m waiting for my copy to arrive in the mail, and I plan on reading it after The Perilous Sea. But I’m not looking forward to the tears O_O I just hope Evan is still alive! I’ll flip tables if he’s toast.
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  3. I’ve seen some mixed things about this one so I’m a tad nervous to get it. I liked The 5th Wave but I honestly had way too high of expectations and was a little let down that it wasn’t the best thing I’d ever read. I’m sort of bummed because I’ve had little desire or motivation to go and get this sequel and seeing the mixed reviews hasn’t helped. Knowing you liked it though…makes me a bit more tempted. I’m worried about the end and the disjointed plot though. Great review.
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    • This was one where I was a bit frustrated with some of the negative reviews since it didn’t even feel like we read the same book ya know? I think that if you like Ringer and don’t mind her playing a bigger role, and don’t care that the romance is less of a deal than book one, I think you’ll enjoy Infinite Sea ;-)

  4. Ahh I did not read your review because of the mention of spoilers, however I definitely need to pick up The Fifth Wave. It certainly sounds like a series that I need to pick up and start especially since it is getting so much better! Glad you enjoyed this one so much.
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  5. I only read the first book because my daughter bugged and bugged me. I was so glad I did. I am looking forward to this so thanks for not giving too much away. I’m glad it’s only a trilogy.

  6. I finished 5th Wave last night. So question? Does this one have as big a cliffhanger as 5th did? Cause I don’t want to have to throw my listening device across the room. Also how funny that I read the first one but will be listening to the 2nd one and you did the opposite :)
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    • I’d say it’s not as bad, normally I always note cliffhangers in reviews, but I also wasn’t terribly tortured by the end of 5th wave >.>

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