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 (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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
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