Book Review: The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

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Posted 10/10/2014 by alicemarvels in Science Fiction
The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

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Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
 
Release Date: September 16, 2014
 
Page Count: 480
 

PROS:

deeper insight into supporting characters; shocking developments; a few masterfully suspenseful scenes
 

CONS:

the pace was a bit choppy
 
BOTTOM LINE

A suspenseful, psychologically compelling continuation of a thrilling alien invasion saga.

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Warning: this review contains slight spoilers for The 5th Wave.

 

The alien invasion we glimpsed in Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave is still going strong in The Infinite Sea, and the Others have only gotten more ruthless. After the devasting series of waves decimated most of humanity, the 5th wave threatens to break the spirit of those who are left behind.

We continue to follow Cassie Sullivan, the teen girl who struggled to survive on her own as she searched for her brother Sammy in the harrowing first book. After the explosive escape from Camp Haven Ben, Cassie, Sammy, Ringer and the rest of their rag tag crew are waiting, plotting their next move. We cycle through multiple POV’s that give us much welcome insight into characters we previously knew only in passing. Cassie is hopeful that Evan survived his heroics back at the Camp, and that he’ll find her again. She’s accompanied by an injured, but bossy Ben and her little brother Sammy, who adores him. Ringer maintains her badass ice queen rep right up until she’s forced to decide between pragmatism and protecting Teacup. She soon finds herself in a twisted mind game with some familiar antagonists from book one that takes a most unexpected turn. Evan’s perspective is particularly interesting, because we see glimpses into how the 5th wave was put into action, and what might be a few of the Others’ weaknesses.

The Infinite Sea keeps the suspense and thrills of the first book going strong, though the POV changes and narrative shifts make for choppy, disjointed reading at times. As is so often the case with middle books, by the end we’ve moved the pieces on the chess board into interesting positions, and uncovered unseen weaknesses on the part of the Others, as well as hidden reserves of strength in the humans, but not much ground has truly been gained. The ending is a shocker, and certainly sets the stage for an exciting third book. Overall the impression is an interesting episode in what is a very long, highly psychological game. Fortunately for Yancey, it’s an addictive one.

 

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7 Comments


  1.  

    “As is so often the case with middle books, by the end we’ve moved the pieces on the chess board into interesting positions, and uncovered unseen weaknesses on the part of the Others, as well as hidden reserves of strength in the humans, but not much ground has truly been gained.”

    Well that’s too bad, but like you said, fairly common with middle books. A lot of things happen but not much actually HAPPENS which is always disappointing to realize when you reach the last page. Glad you enjoyed it overall though, and that the ending has you ready and excited for the next book!




  2.  

    Sorry this suffered from middle book syndrome a little but sadly like you said, anymore it is to be expected. Hopefully the third book will be fantastic.




  3.  

    Oh right…I meant to read book 1




  4.  

    Well, it doesn’t seem to suffer too badly if you are wanting that next book! I might wait until the third is out before I dive in, but you have me wanting to pick up 5th Wave (which I still need to read) now! 🙂




  5.  

    I’m really anxious to read this one. Unfortunately, majority of the reviewers were left scratching their heads. As much as I’d like to jump right in, I’m a bit wary. It’s too bad not much has happened in this book.

    Great review!




  6.  

    This is why I hate trilogies – book 2 feels so stagnate. It’s usually a lot of back story with some new characters brought in to add a bit more unneeded drama. Sigh.





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