Book Review: The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave) by Rick Yancey

Posted March 14, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge, Books, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 2 Comments

Book Review: The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave) by Rick YanceyThe Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
Series: The 5th Wave,
Published by Penguin Group USA on September 16th 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, General, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Survival Stories, Young Adult
Pages: 300
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 9780399162428
Buy on: AmazonBarnes & Noble

The riveting follow-up to the New York Times bestselling The 5th Wave , hailed by Justin Cronin as “wildly entertaining.”

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.

“My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have; for both are infinite. —William Shakespeare” 

The Good…:

Rick Yancey’s second book in his thrilling The 5th Wave series, The Infinite Sea, picks up where the first left off. Cassie and her friends are holed up trying to figure out their next step when all hell breaks loose. This novel is faster-paced than the first novel as we know all the players. No longer is Cassie a “lone survivor.” Now she’s part of a team, and readers get to see just what she’s made of. Plus we get treated to more Ben, Evan, and Ringer action as they all have POVs in The Infinite Sea.

I also love how this book delves further into the aliens’ plan. Why they are determined to wipe out human civilization, and what they plan to do once successful are topics on the table that aren’t completely explained.  I guess we’ll find out in the third book. However, the possibilities of their plans keep readers guessing right along with the core group of Cassie & Co.

The Bad…:

While I enjoyed reading The Infinite Sea, it didn’t quite hook me like The 5th Wave. As much as I liked reading Evan, Ben, and Ringer’s POVs, I didn’t care about Poundcake, or Cassie as much this time around. Cassie went from tough girl who survived the apocalypse, to lovesick teen willing to risk the lives of others to save the magical love of her life. The insta-love between her and Evan is believable considering the PTSD she’s suffering, however, that doesn’t excuse the stupid actions she takes that cost people their lives.

I’m also tired of Cassie being a sad sack about everything. I understand grieving the loss of her family, or the old way of life, but Cassie acting the martyr by blaming all the world’s problems on her is self-serving and narcissistic. These are traits I don’t particularly like in my heroine. It’s like Ringer told Cassie:

“Somentimes you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time and what happens is nobody’s fault.You just want to feel bad so you’ll feel better.”

Not everything is about you, girl! *Sigh* Cassie had so much potential. Hopefully Yancey will turn this around in the third book, The Last Star.

Do I Recommend?

Yes! Despite that little rant, The Infinite Sea, is still an enjoyable read. However, I can only give it three out of five stars for the denigration of the main character, and while there was loads of action, not much really happened.

About Rick Yancey

Rick is the author of thirteen novels and a memoir. His books have been published in over twenty languages and have earned numerous accolades and awards from around the world. His young adult novel, The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, was named a “Best Book of the Year” by Publishers Weekly and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal. In 2010, Rick received a Michael L. Printz Honor for The Monstrumologist. The sequel, The Curse of the Wendigo, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His latest novel, The 5th Wave, the first in an epic sci-fi trilogy, made its worldwide debut in 2013, and will soon be a major motion picture for GK Films and Sony Pictures.


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2 responses to “Book Review: The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave) by Rick Yancey

  1. I enjoyed this perhaps a little more than you did, but agree the first book just really hooked me, where all of the different things in this one didn’t quite flow the same for me,

    • @Angelized_1st

      I think it was because they were trying to tie all of the characters’ stories together for the final book. Plus, I wasn’t too thrilled at the possibility of a love triangle. WHY?!?

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