Author: Rick Yancey
Series: The 5th Wave, #2
Cassie Sullivan has succeeded where no other human has: she outsmarted the Others and rescued her brother from Camp Haven. But no place is safe and though Cassie clings to the hope that Evan Walker survived the attack on the camp, none of her comrades are so sure. Knowing it is only a matter of time before Commander Vosch finds them, Ringer sets out to make contact with other survivors. But there are still unanswered questions surrounding the Others’ ultimate plan and when Ringer plays right into their hands, she’ll discover just how malevolent these beings are and uncover a secret that will change everything.
“‘He conquers who endures.’ Remember poor Teacup’s rats. What can they teach us? I told you when you first came to me; it isn’t so much about crushing your capacity to fight as it is your will to fight.”
Cassie and Ringer were two really great characters in the first book. I hate girl-on-girl hate, so I was disappointed to see these two butt heads the way they did. Although the beginning of the book would lead you to believe these two girls are far too different to ever see eye-to-eye, in the end Yancey draws a lot of parallels between the two so I’m hoping we get to see them become friends.
We find out a little more about Evan’s past–sure he can be frustrating because you want to know more about who he is but he’s so unwilling to reveal everything, but then in Cassie’s words he’s “gah.” Zombie is holding on by a thread and though everyone is looking to him to lead, he is just as lost as they are and I’m more than a little concerned for his well-being. A lot of the story is told from Ringer’s perspective as she sets out on her own. We get a look at this girl who can at times be distant and impenetrable. She’s a no nonsense kind of person who can be more perceptive than other characters, but she isn’t a perfect, she makes horrible mistakes and has a hard time accepting the value of certain relationships.
The 5th Wave series focuses on the idea that in this world survival isn’t a goal, it’s a daily struggle and at every turn there is a new danger. In The Infinite Sea the battles these characters have been through have taken their tole physically and now we begin to see the mental wear as well. No one has all the answers and distrust is hard to overcome. I’m a little confused about how the truths revealed in this book will play into the overall story, how it will affect the characters, and whether it’s a necessary development. In the end I couldn’t decide if the story had truly moved forward.
Anyone who read my review of The 5th Wave knows how much I am in love with that book, but I was a little disappointed with this sequel. Rick Yancey’s The Infinite Sea is considerably shorter than it’s predecessor. We jump right into the action and where The 5th Wave was excellent in its build-up, I didn’t feel that same kind of care was given to the story and all the characters in this book. Still, I might have shouted once or twice at the author and characters, “You can’t do that!” So I’m still very much emotionally invested.