The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
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.
That’s the cost. That’s the price. Get ready, because when you crush the humanity out of humans, you’re left with humans with no humanity.
In other words, you get what you pay for.
The sequel to the much-hyped about The Fifth Wave leaves me with feelings similar to those I had at the end of the first book: feelings of confusion, and, overall, a general sense of mediocrity. I felt a bit disconnected to both books and, while I still appreciate them as stories, I am struggling to understand the hype.
The Infinite Sea starts exactly where The Fifth Wave leaves off – Cassie, Ben, Ringer and the rest of the crew are now residing in an empty hotel, waiting for Evan’s return…provided he’s still alive. But the longer they wait with no sign from him, the more they’re forced to realize what they’re up against.
The Infinite Sea is just as action-packed and thrilling as its predecessor; giving you no time to glance up from the pages or breathe. There are shocking twists, turns and revelations about the alien’s true motives (more on that later); all leading up to the expected killer ending. For those who want more romance, I can’t say you’ll find it here because that is definitely not the focus of the story; but the few romantic interactions there are were definitely well-written.
As with The Fifth Wave, The Infinite Sea is also narrated in multiple perspectives, which really allowed us to get into the character’s heads and let us truly get to know them; and I found each perspective well-executed and exquisitely written.
Cassie doesn’t play as big of a role in this novel as would be expected, considering she’s the protagonist. (Not that this bothered me much, because I found her to be a bit annoying here with her obsession with Evan).
No, fortunately, the focus has shifted, and the star here is Ringer. The entire second half of the story is told completely through Ringer’s perspective, and it was absolutely fantastic. She’s fierce, serious, and blinded by rage; but I absolutely loved her. I can’t wait to see more of her in the third installment and to watch her story expand.
My biggest problem with the novel was the reveal of the alien’s motives. It may just be my lack of intelligence, but even when it was revealed why the aliens took over the Earth and killed all these people, the explanation was a bit complex and hard to understand.
I wish it had been a little more direct and comprehensible, because I still don’t quite understand why they did what they did.
Nonetheless, I am interested in seeing how this spans out and how everything resolves. A very decent sequel despite its flaws, so if you enjoyed the first installment, definitely give this a try as well.