22 Nov 2014

REVIEW: The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

Title: The Infinite Sea (The Fifth Wave #2)
Author: Rick Yancey

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia.
Publication Date: September 16th 2014
Publisher: Penguin Teen
Format: Paperback

Pages: 300

Rating: 3.5/5

The hugely anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestselling The 5th Wave, hailed by Justin Cronin as “wildly entertaining.”

For Cassie Sullivan and the rest of Earth’s remaining human survivors, the situation was already desperate when the 5th Wave hit. It’s about to get worse.

No one yet knows the depths to which Earth’s conquerors—the Others—will sink in order to rid the Earth of the human infestation, nor have they guessed the heights to which the human spirit can reach. Characters introduced in Book One will come to the fore—and others will face the ultimate test.

Readers will watch in awe as the Others give their answer to Cassie’s defiance.

I really don’t know where to start with this review. I absolutely adored The 5th Wave so this was one of my most anticipated releases for this year. When it came out, there were some very mixed reviews from people I trust – some said they loved it, others were seriously disappointed, so I was a bit hesitant to pick this up. Eventually, I just decided that I’d give it a go.

I don’t really know how I feel about the book as a whole. There were parts I really enjoyed – I still love Cassie, but there were others parts that I was just ‘meh’ about. To be honest, I couldn’t have cared less about any of the other character’s perspective – I just wanted to hear Cassie’s side. Don’t get me wrong, I really like some of the other characters but I was used to Cassie’s voice. Also, I get very confused by all the nickname/codename things, I kept confusing characters with one another.

I think I liked the pacing of this book better than the first one. I was very disappointed when I saw how thin this one was, but a lot more happened in a much shorter time which was great. I feel like some of the deeper stuff in this book went right over my head – there were parts that I just didn’t understand or didn’t realise the connection to the rest of the story. I think it’s going to be one of those series that I’ll have to reread after the final book is out so that I can connect all the dots.

I got through it very quickly though, and I did enjoy it (mostly) which is the main thing. I’m still sort of on the fence about this one, I still love the first book, but I don’t know how I feel about the series as a whole yet.