The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (September 2014)
Young Adult, Science Fiction
“If you are human, there is no hope.”
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.
I have read this book two times. The first time, I could barely get through it. I feel the need to highlight that I was about 12 and my grasp of the English language was way worse than it is now.
The second time was last week, and I loved it even though it starts out pretty slow.
Cassie’s a bit worse in this book; she’s boring, kind of selfish and it doesn’t really feel like she’s the main character. But Ringer gets the most chapters, and I have to admit I love that: she’s amazing.
We discover her real name: Marika. It suits her, for some reason. She gets separated from the gang in the first few chapters and then she’s on her own, meeting a lot of people and being badass as usual. I really liked learning about her.
Now back to Cassie: after the events in the last book, she’s still waiting for Evan to come meet her at their rendezvous point. Which he doesn’t do. Evan got kind of hurt and now he’s being taken care of by this Grace girl, who Cassie labels “extraterrestrial slut” just because she thinks she had something with Evan. I don’t even like Cassie at this point.
You know, I think in this book Yancey tried to show Cassie’s quirkiness through her voice, and the thing is this has ruined what I loved the most about the series: his writing. Trying to appeal to a younger crowd, he’s made her sarcasm kind of insufferable? It’s odd.
Nugget stays adorable and so does Zombie, and their squad goes through a lot of bad things but they maintain the essence I love. Everyone in Squad 53 has the best relationship.
Also, I thought the ending had a very strong hook for the next book – which will hopefully be more like the first one and not like this one!
I believe that once you’ve read The Fifth Wave, reading the rest of the series is essential. This was worse than the first book, and I felt it was sort of a filler book, but a lot of interesting things happen and Ringer’s part is deeply philosophical and complex. I hope this means that the last book will be fast-paced and will have a great resolution.