Title: The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave #2)
Author: Rick Yancey
Rating: ★ ★ ★ 1/2
Format Read: Paperback, 336 pages
Publication Date: 16th September 2014 by Penguin Australia
Synopsis: “The hugely anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestselling The 5th Wave, hailed by Justin Cronin as “wildly entertaining.”
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.
Readers will watch in awe as the Others give their answer to Cassie’s defiance.” (Taken from Goodreads)
[label type=”alert”]This review contains spoilers of the first book.[/label]
This book is without a doubt one of my most anticipated books of the year. It is another crazy rollercoaster ride of emotions that I just…I just can’t. I don’t really know how to put my feelings into words.
The 5th Wave left us readers on a cliffhanger of ‘What happened to Evan Walker?!?!?!‘ While I still found him quite odd and creepy, I couldn’t help but like him either. He was so sweet and nice to Cassie … pretty fly for an alien guy (see what I did there?)
While the first book was about solitude, forming alliances and saving humanity, The Infinite Sea seems a lot more dire as it becomes each man for themselves. Cassie has joined Zombie’s group of runaways and they’re all at heads with each other on what to do, where to go and how to proceed as each day brings one of them closer to death. Cassie wants to stay at the hotel they’ve camped out at in case Evan Walker shows up, but the rest of the group thinks she’s insane. No one truly believes that an alien could have fallen in love with her, let alone want to go against his own race. Or you know, have survived that deadly explosion from the first book.
The Infinite Sea is about survival at its core and we are treated with a range of different perspectives as Cassie gets sidelined while other characters take the stage. Through flashbacks, we are given a more thorough understanding of each character’s background, especially the ever silent Poundcake, who refuses to speak, and the stoic Ringer. But more than just survival, this book is also about sacrifice. The things each character as had to give up from their old lives. Nugget, or Sams, has given up his right to a childhood. Cassie puts it perfectly when she says she doesn’t recognise her brother anymore.
“I didn’t recognize him. I’d never seen this kid before. Face ugly and twisted by rage and hate.” (p. 39)
This change is fully realised when Cassie leaves him with a gun to protect himself. It truly symbolised the end of his childhood and what was soon to come.
Now if you’re wondering whether we actually get some answers in this book, then I’m happy to say that we do. Do they make sense? Well, that’s for you to judge. As for me, well …
Haha just kidding, but the explanation is not exactly straightforward. As Ringer journeys out by herself to find the group a new hideout, she ends up being captured by Vosch as she sacrifices herself to save someone. She’s taken back to a different camp and is manipulated and used as a puppet in another of Vosch’s games. All to capture the one person that could cause this whole operation to fail.
Vosch continually asks her why she thinks they’re doing this to Earth. Why use manipulation to kill when a simple rock would have done the trick and wiped out the entire population. Well it’s all about ‘VINCIT QUI PATITUR’. I will not tell you what it means because it’ll take away from the story, but if there’s one central theme revolving around this book it’s those three latin words.
This book definitely killed me slowly. Everything you wish would happen definitely doesn’t as Yancey twists and steers the reader towards the ultimate ending. Don’t get too happy because he’s evil and will squish the hope that’s blossomed in your heart. Seriously. I will show you my stack of used tissues.
While I didn’t like this book as much as the first, it is a worthwhile sequel. You will get your answers, but you will also get your heart ripped out. Proceed with caution!
Thank you to Penguin Australia for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.