Monday, February 29, 2016

The Infinite Sea - Review

The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave #2)

By: Rick Yancey

Published: September 16, 2014 by Putnam Juvenile

320 pages

Source: Personal Kindle Library

(Goodreads / Amazon)

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.
As eager as I was for this release, and rushed to preorder a hardback copy, it then sat on my night stand for a year and a half. That has nothing to do with the series itself, because I gobbled up book one. It is merely because my desire to read is tied closely to convenience. And for me, holding an actual book, much less a hardback book, (as much as I read) is not convenient. So there it sat collecting dust. Finally, after seeing The 5th Wave movie at the theater, twice, my curiosity was peaked enough to just purchase the Kindle version of The Infinite Sea. And just like book one, I gobbled up book two!

My only complaint was that it was too short! Compared to book ones, 457 (hardback version) pages, this was a little bit of a let down to discover it was only 320 pages! I WANTED MORE!

Wow, this one left me pretty speechless. A lot of what happens was unpredictable to me, didn't see it coming that's for sure. I'm talking some mouth open, "what-the", "oh-no" kind of moments!

In this portion of the series Cassie, Ben, Nugget, Poundcake, Dumbo and Ringer are holed up in an abandoned hotel, which was the rally point for Evan to find Cassie should he survive. But they are faced with a lot of risks, a lot of variables. Staying in one place too long puts them at serious risk. The winter is fast approaching and their location isn't sustainable for the duration of winter time. Plus, Zombie is wounded and not recovering well from events at the end of book one. So Ringer sets out to find a more secure area they can wait out winter.

Several new characters are introduced in this part of the story and add another layer of depth to what is going on. And oh man, some discoveries at the end had my head spinning trying to wrap my mind around just what exactly is going on.

The "F-bombs" were more abundant than I had recalled from book one, but according to my parents (who aren't book reviewers) but were also reading this series as newbies while I was reading book two, reminded me that book one also has a fair amount of language as well.

If you are new to the series, fans of YA science fiction and apocalyptic stories will really enjoy this one!

Top 5 Favorite Quotes:
Promises are priceless, and a kiss is a kind of promise, too.

They can kill us, even down to the last of us, but they can't kill - can never kill - what lasts in us.

No hope without faith, no faith without hope, no love without trust, no trust without love. Remove one and the entire human house of cards collapses.

You make your whole existence dependent on another human being and you're asking for a world of trouble.

"Because love is irrational," I tell Vosch. "It doesn't follow rules. Not even its own rules. Love is the one thing in the universe that's unpredictable."

Language: 2 (medium)
Mature Content: 1.5 (light-medium)
Final Rating: 4 stars


  1. I'd been meaning to ask you what you thought about this one. I'm so glad to see that you enjoyed it! Rick Yancey keeps throwing those curve balls doesn't he? If your parents are enjoying this series you should really point them to the Red Rising series. I don't think you've read that one yet. I'm about to have a giveaway on my blog for it. Can't wait for The Last Star now so we can see how the series ends.

  2. Holly @ Words Fueled by LoveMarch 1, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    No, I haven't read that series yet. Initially you had said you didn't know if I'd enjoy it or not, so I've put it on the back burner. They are reading another series I recommended to them (The Collapse series by Summer Lane) but after they finish the 5 books that are out (they are 300 pages or less each) then I will suggest the Red Rising series to them.


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