The Infinite Sea is the second book in The 5th Wave trilogy. We follow Cassie and the other survivors as they try to stay alive after escaping from The Others death camp.
Oh. My. Gosh. This. Book.
I just sat and stared at it for a while after I finished. Just WOW.
I came home from work and the power was out, I figured since laundry wasn’t going to get done anyway I might as well read. Thankfully, the power came back on before it got too dark for me to read by sun light. I started this book about 3:30 and didn’t stop until 9:30 when I read the last line.
If you haven’t read my review of the first book in the trilogy, you can read my review of The 5th Wave here.
I’m going to try really hard to keep this as spoiler free as possible.
The Others. I know that sounds bad to say, but the aliens really were one of my favorite parts. They are terrible, awful, sadistic, creatures that want to crush your heart before they kill it. But, they are smart and I don’t know, I just have to give them some credit.
Ringer. I liked Ringer in the first book, but I really got attached in this one. You just learn so much about her and her past. I didn’t think I would, but really enjoyed reading from her point of view.
The writing. One of the things that I liked in the first book was the descriptions and the metaphors and just the overall writing quality of it. I was afraid that all of it would be lost with the second book like it sometimes is, and it wasn’t at all. In fact this one might have had even more of it.
The plot twists. These were just so good. I won’t say what, but I did not see anything at the end coming. All of the information that we learn and everything that happens, so much of it surprised me. However it left me with a bunch of questions that better be answered in the last book. If they aren’t I’m going to be really disappointed.
I will say that there were several parts (won’t say what they due to spoilers), that I got lost in. I had to reread and think about it. It didn’t make me like the book any less though.
Some favorite quotes:
“The world is a clock winding down.” (This is referenced to multiple times in the book and I just loved that.)
“Just the mothership silently hovering in orbit for the first ten days caused cracks in the human edifice. A different kind of viral plague: uncertainty, fear, panic.”
“It’s all connected. The Others understood that, understood it better than most of 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.”
“The Others didn’t invent death: they just perfected it.”
“They can kill us, even down to the last of us, but they can’t kill what lasts in us.”
“I am more than the sum of my fear.”
There are so many more quotes that it was really hard to pick and choose a few.
There is a fair amount of cursing, it’s not full of it; but there is use of the f word.
Mostly kissing, PG-13 at most.
Talk of blood and wounds, but it’s not what I would call gory.
Will you cry?
I didn’t, that being sad some sad stuff happens. You might get teary.
Five out of five hedgehogs
Even with the confusing parts I still enjoyed the book overall and would recommend it
Rick Yancey, who you can follow on his website.
He has a pretty awesome and up to date Facebook page.
Rick Yancey is doing a Infinite Sea read long, you can watch the first 20 mins here. I love listening to authors read their own books, it’s just so personal and real.
There is also a sweepstakes going on where you can win signed copies of all three books and a phone call with Rick Yancey, how cool is that?! You can enter here. It ends on 3-31-16, good luck!
Where you as shocked by this sequel as I was? Let me know in the comments.