Review: The Infinite Sea

Title: The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave #2) 16131484

Author: Rick Yancey

Rating: ★★

Provided Synopsis: 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.

Review: In bookland there is nothing more disappointing than a sequel that does not deliver. Unfortunately, this was the case with The Infinite Sea, which was so unlike its predecessor in terms of scope, suspense, etc, that I had to actually force myself to finish it.

What happened? The cliffhanger in book one was explosive and led me to believe this story would travel somewhere. But all I received was a group of children hiding out in an abandoned hotel, waiting. Everything felt very stagnant as Cassie and Ben would muse over their internal wars and things that had already happened. I wanted answers, and their predicament did not allow for answers to be given. Somehow, I found myself frustrated with characters I had been enthralled with in The 5th Wave. Where things ends with this group makes it clear that action is finally to come, but I then have to wonder what was the point of this book? It all seemed so extra; maybe this series would have been better off as a duology.

The saving grace of this book is Ringer and the chapters told from her perspective. I actually found her musings over risk and the problem of rats to be insightful, and these thoughts do go on to represent something in this apocalyptic world. But what is the meaning? It is never exactly clear because it is buried underneath so much purple prose that it was ridiculous. I love beautiful words as much as the next person, but there is no need to take it this far into the realm of superfluous. Like I said, there was so much extra in this book.

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