Title: The Infinite Sea
Author: Rick Yancey
Overall Rating: 3 flames
Synopsis (Warning: Potential spoilers if you haven’t read The 5th Wave):
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 think my mistake with this book was reading it right after I was already feeling a little “meh” about The 5th Wave. The first book started out great and then just seemed to drag on and reading The Infinite Sea right after felt like I was dragging the story out even more.
The Infinite Sea is a much more manageable 300 pages (compared to The 5th Wave’s 500+) but I felt like it suffered a bit from Second Book Syndrome (It’s a thing – trust me). We get to explore some of the side characters’ stories in this book which is great for character development but not so good for story movement. This book, like a lot of second books in trilogies, spent its time setting up for the final installment: The Last Star.
I still really like the overall idea of the story and I’m still rooting for the main characters, but I think that the wait until May for the last book will be a welcome one. Having the release of the movie in January will (hopefully) be enough to get me excited to enter this world again.
For now, I’m good with moving on.