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Review of The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

by - February 26, 2018

Series: The 5th Wave (Book #2)
Genres: Sci-Fi, Apocalyptic
Pages: 457
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons Books
Release Date: 07/05/2013
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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.

Wait what?! I'm finished? How did that happen? After the upwards hill that was The 5th Wave and reading many reviews of this book that said that it's basically filler, I almost stopped reading the series and that would have been a huge mistake. While the reviews were correct, this is filler, there's something about this story I just couldn't put down.

We have a proper introduction to Ringer in this book. She's one of two characters from the previous book who get their own chapters and while I admired her strength in the first book, I fell completely in love with her character in this. She's very different to Cassie, not content to mope around waiting for Cassie's alien lover. Their personalities really clash which is interesting to see.

Ringer gets the last 30% or so of the book and this is where most of the plot advancement is. If you're stuck around 50%, wanting to quit, keep going. The amount of crap that Ringer goes through this book is astounding and changes the whole story in the process.

The other character is Poundcake and I initially was wondering if Rick decided to do this so that people wouldn't think that Poundcake was just some cardboard background character, filling space. However Rick's reasons for giving Poundcake a voice (ironically) become very clear in the middle of the story.

Is i spoilers to talk about Razor? He does appear later in the book at a point where I wasn't expecting introductions of new major characters so initially dismissed him as a very minor character. What a fool I was. He's honestly the reason that I gave this book a rating as high as four stars, he's funny, smart, sarcastic and quite frankly broke my goddamn heart.

This is filler but good filler. There was a lot of jumping back and forth in the first book that gave me a headache but this is set in just two places and we don't jump to the second continuously as we did the first. The majority of the book is set in the hotel, where all the characters really do is think about rats and yell at each other a lot. Seriously, there's a ridiculous amount of yelling. Somehow though, I read all of this book way faster than the first.

The big questions I was left with was the same as when I started reading the series - what is it that the aliens want? I cannot work out what the hell is going on and The Infinite Wave just left me with more questions rather than answers.

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