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The Infinite Sea: The Second Book of the 5th Wave Hardcover – September 16, 2014
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Gr 9 Up—The majority of the first-person narration in this second book in "The 5th Wave" series (Putnam) shifts between Ringer, a beautiful teen with deadly aim, and tough-but-tender Cassie, who thought she was the lone surviving human. A third-person viewpoint is used for Evan, an alien who has shifted his allegiance in the face of true love and Ben (Zombie), badly injured but still in command of the ragtag paramilitary group of creatively nicknamed children and teens. The action springs back and forth in place and time as readers learn why Poundcake no longer speaks, how Evan is related to super-strong Grace, and why chess is important to Ringer. The "infinite sea" can be made of snow, of tears, of the floaty feeling of semi-consciousness, and, more than once, it is a sea of blood. Yancey keeps the pressure on, as Cassie and Ben seek to protect the younger humans and outsmart the devious Silencers. Ringer struggles to maintain her humanity in the face of nanotechnology and Evan struggles with turning his back on what his species has been working toward for thousands of years. Yancey's writing can be melodramatic ("The world will be consumed by the crushing dark"; "The Others didn't invent death; they just perfected it"), but will keep action-craving readers enthralled. With a 5th Wave movie in the works, and alien questions left unanswered, expect readers to be interested in this series for the foreseeable future.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX
Praise for The Infinite Sea
“Heart-pounding pacing, lyrical prose and mind-bending twists . . .”—The New York Times Book Review
“Impressively improves on the excellent beginning of the trilogy.”—USA Today
“An epic sci-fi novel with all the romance, action, and suspense you could ever want.”—Seventeen.com
*“This gut-wrenching sequel to The 5th Wave careens on a violent course of nonstop action.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
*“A breathless, grueling survival story . . . . Yancey's prose remains unimpeachable—every paragraph is laden with setting, theme, and emotion."—Booklist, starred review
“A roller-coaster ride of a sequel.”—Kirkus Reviews
“It doesn’t just move the story forward, but even opens up new possibilities in the previous book.” —Geekdad.com
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Like the first book, this book is told in sections and each section is from a different POV. Much of the book is told from Ringer’s POV this time. We also hear from Evan quite a bit. There are some random small sections from other side characters as well. For example we here from Poundcake about his past (which I felt was very manipulative given how quickly his situation changed).
The book starts out with Evan MIA and Cassie and crew trying to find a safe place to stay for a longer period of time. The book doesn’t progress a ton from there. We do find out Evan’s situation but our characters never really make progress on finding a safe haven. Quickly the story completely leaves the majority of our characters stranded while we delve into a side story about what happened to Ringer and Teacup.
As with the the first book (which ended up revealing that aliens were living in human hosts) this book also ends with a big reveal. This reveal was again a huge out-of-nowhere reveal that actually made me roll my eyes more than being surprising. The whole thing was very formulaic and this book felt like it was following the exact same plan and pattern as the first book.
The book is a fast read with lots of edge-of-your-seat action scenes. I do enjoy the characters in here and find them engaging. The writing is well done and very descriptive; this makes it fun to read and easy to picture the surroundings.
Overall this was a good continuation of the 5th Wave series but it wasn’t great. I felt like with all the jumping around between POVs the story didn’t actually progress much. I also felt like we really shifted from following Cassie’s story to following Ringer’s and I just don’t enjoy Ringer as a character much. This was an action-packed and engaging read; I was just disappointed at the progress. I plan on finishing up with the last book in the series, The Last Star, soon.
I made the mistake of preordering The Last Star. I don't really know what to expect.
Not only are there very few human survivors - the few that are left are not always poets and statesmen - Cassie quickly notes that it must be typical after a genocide that the surviving group turns out to have more than its share of douchebags...and almost every character in the book gets their chance to be one.
Some of it is predictable - but enough is surprising to keep this interesting.
What made this fun was taking this big story about the end of the world and making it small and claustrophobic. The characters have the entire world to themselves yet they come off as trapped in a small box like fish in a farm or more fitting - dear in a hunting camp.
You'll definitely love this book, especially if you liked the first one. I highly recommend it.