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The Infinite Sea

by Rick Yancey

Originally Published by Putnam Publishing Group in 2016 • ,

In this riveting sequel to The 5th Wave, Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world. 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.

The Infinite Sea

List Price: $18.99

The Infinite Sea is the second installment of Rick Yancy’s 5th Wave Trilogy. If you have yet to read The 5th Wave than you should stop right here… and get reading!

I tend to really like sequels, it is enjoyable to me to continue a story that I like and it also fun to get to know the characters better as the story goes on. With that being said, I had my doubts about this book. There were numerous things that left me thinking, “why in the world would the aliens do that?” I sometimes have a hard time with sci-fi-ish books because I can’t handle things that just would never happen. Plot holes and unlikely occurrences don’t do it for me. However, the way this book ends changes all of that. There is a twist that changes everything, including what you think you knew from the first book. I am obviously not going to tell you what that is, but it does set everything straight and once again it all makes sense. Not every reader cares about all of that but due to the ending I am once again excited to finish this series out and read The Last Star.

Don’t get me wrong, this is a fun book. The story telling by Yancy, jumping around from character to character is one that really works well. You aren’t stuck on just one character’s point of view. The Infinite Sea starts up right where the 5th Wave left off. Camp Haven is destroyed, and our group of survivors are holed up in an abandoned hotel. While waiting for Evan to fulfill his promise to Cassie and return to them, they decide to split up. Ringer gets captured by Vosch and that ends up being a lot of the book. It is hard to really get into the story line for this book without giving a lot away… but don’t get discouraged if you think you found some plot holes. They are all setting you up to be fooled. Yancy does a great job with plot twists in The Infinite Sea. My only real criticism of The 5th Wave was that I was able to guess a few of them but not so much this time around.

Cassie isn’t necessarily even the main character. You do get the chapters coming from her, but a majority of the book is told through the eyes of Ringer. I don’t think I have ever read a book series before where the main character in book two was one of the secondary characters in book one—but again, it worked really well for this book. I found Ringer’s storyline to be far more interesting than Cassie’s.

Even if you saw the movie, you really should read the first book. There is just so much more in the book than they were able to fit in the movie. However, if you did read it and you liked it, than you will surely enjoy The Infinite Sea as well. On to The Last Star!

John Colvin

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