Publisher: Penguin Random House
Release Date: September, 16th 2014
Format: Hardback, 300 pages
Summary Via GoodReads
My Rating: ★★★★
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.
I was really hoping to have this review done for Sci-Fi November, but life got in the way, so now I'm finally getting to it. I really loved the 5th Wave novel, so I was really excited to read the sequel. Although, I don't think the Infinite Sea falls into the second book syndrome, the book just didn't completely wow me like it's predecessor. It was really good, and I enjoyed it, but I think I just wanted a little bit more.
The format for this book was a little bit different, so at times I had to stop and think, "Wait, who is the narrator here?" It wasn't too confusing, and I ended up figuring it out, but I kind of wished the beginning of each section was labeled with a character name so we knew who was talking. It's such a minor thing, so I don't think it will bother that many readers that pick up this book.
There was one other minor thing that irked me, and I think this is because of the YA genre. The angst between Cassie and Ben. I did not care for it, at all. I get that there is kind of romance between Cassie and Evan, which is fine, but honestly this book about an alien invasion doesn't need added drama. I feel like they are trying to pose a love triangle here, and I just wish that trend would die. So I really hope that doesn't really happen in the next installment.
There were things I really liked about this novel, and most of that is about the characterization of the new characters. We knew a lot of them just a little bit in the first novel, but in this novel Yancey finally gives characters like Poundcake and Ringer voices. We really got to delve into who they were before and how the waves changed them. We got a lot of Ringer in this novel, and I didn't like her at first but I slowly started to understand who she was and understood her choices. Ringer is a survivor, but she also had a soft heart for kids, and that made me really like her.
So the first book throws you for a loop with a big mind blowing revelation, and the second book drops an even bigger bomb on you. I ended up closing this book and just wandering around my apartment thinking, "Holy crap! That was amazing! ...the next book doesn't come out until MAY?!? BUT I NEED IT NOW!!" So it's safe to say that I am very impatiently waiting on the final book in this series.
I would definitely recommend this book if you're not sure if you want to continue on with this series. I think Yancey does a really good job at getting inside your head and I really adore his writing style. I'm looking forward to more books from this guy.