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. 1
The 5th Wave continues with the survivors of the first book. The familiar character of Cassie, although present, takes the back seat to Ringer who leads the second novel. As I requested after reading the first, we get a deeper look into the past of a few characters. There are still a few that remain a mystery but I can only assume more will be revealed in the third book, The Last Star.
Ringer, real name -spoiler alarm- Marika, is our main character for The Infinite Sea. While the group of survivors loses hope that Evan Walker will appear from the dead, Ringer sets off in hopes of finding better shelter. When things go wrong, she must walk into the lions den and try to escape without becoming a lion herself.
As mentioned we get a glimpse into a few characters past, as well as are introduced to some new ones. Despite following the journey over two books, I am not entirely sure which direction the story will take. The Infinite Sea is taking us on a voyage of possibilities and questions, deeper and deeper that I fear at some point during the second novel we may become lost in the Infinite Sea. The focus that went into the questioning of motives and profound reasoning doesn’t provide us with any answers. With the events towards the end of the novel, it has turned the Infinite Sea into our stepping stone to the third, and what I can only assume, would be our final novel. Not that I am wanting it to end too soon, but I am eager to find out how it ends.
Although I was entertained throughout the book, very little seems to happen in comparison to the first. I will be waiting patiently to read the third book, and I am also looking forward to the film adaptation of the first book The 5th Wave. As with most series, specifically trilogies, the middle book tends to take a break from the action and create a firm step to hold us up until the final book sends us on our way, or crashing down in disappointment.
The 5th Wave is one of those books you will probably see everywhere closer to the film release and it’s always great to read the book before the movie. Whether you choose to read now or wait, The 5th Wave is a fun, alien, mid-dystopian book worth adding to your reading (or listening) list, but keep in mind that The Infinite Sea may be more of a passive step than a galactic hurdle.
1. Book summary courtesy of Goodreads Book page.