Monday, December 29, 2014

Review: The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

The Infinite Sea (The Fifth Wave #2)
The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
(The Fifth Wave #2)
September 16, 2014
300 pages
Genre: Mature YA Sci-Fi
Contains: language, sexual references, violence
Source: Personal purchase

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 read The Infinite Sea a while ago, after re-reading The 5th Wave, which I completely loved. But with my mixed feelings, it has taken me a while to get this review together. Unfortunately, the sequel was not the follow-up hit I was anticipating. Truthfully, it was one of those books I felt like went around in circles until the very end. The internal dialogue that I loved in The 5th Wave grew tiresome and repetitive. The multiple POVs increased and the girls' voices started to blend together, not differentiated enough. The whole story took place over a short period of time and often in one or two places, stagnating it at times. I felt like I was waiting for something to happen. And then finally when the really good stuff hit, it was like a crazy what-fest. What is happening here? What was the point of all that? What the heck is going to happen next?

While I had some complaints or huh-moments, there were also some great moments and some intriguing twists and turns, making this an entertaining and compelling read, just not as good as I'd hoped for. And the ending, yeah, about that, I'm not really sure what's going to happen in the next book or how everything has gotten to this point, but kudos to Yancey. It's definitely a game changer and highly intriguing. While this was difficult to rate, and I settled with a 3 star rating, I will certainly be picking up book three to see what Yancey comes up with next.



  1. Awww so many people were disappointed with this one but I really did love it. I loved the new P.O.V.'s brought into even though at the start I thought I would hate them. One character I cannot stand though is Cassie's brother, he is a pain in the ass but I think he is meant to be.

    You can read my whole review here if you wish: The Infinite Sea

    1. I can totally see where you're coming from with your review. This was a hard book to rate. For me, I liked it enough for 3 stars, just didn't love it. But I'm looking forward to how it all ends. I liked Ringer being added too and completely agree about Cassie's brother. He was such a brat! Hopefully his character will get a make-over, lol. Hopefully we both love book 3 :)


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