Sunday, October 12, 2014

{REVIEW} The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

Title: The Infinite Sea
Author: Rick Yancey
Series: The 5th Wave #2
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Science-Fiction
Publication: September 16th, 2014
Rating: ★★★★☆

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.
"The Infinite Sea" starts with a little ... "introduction". A cruel happening, that left me speechless. I couldn't have come up with such an idea. That's one thing I like about Rick Yancey. His writing is complex and you actually have to think about every little detail. His ideas are great and terrible at the same time but you're still so intrigued and just can't stop reading. And yet, I don't really know what to think. I enjoyed the book, no doubt, but I'm also confused. Yes, I was confused while and after reading "The 5th Wave" but I was hoping for clarification in this book. We did get some answers, but my general confusion is still present.

The book mainly focuses on Ringer and is mostly out of her POV. There are still a few chapters out of Cassie's or Evan's POV but Ringer is definitely the main character here. Rick Yancey also included Poundcake's view and background ... sadly. Don't get me wrong, I wanted to read about him so badly but the circumstances were just ... no. Not a bad "no" but an emotional and sad "no". You'll know what I mean, once you read the book. But like I said, the focus is set on Ringer and at first I wasn't sure if I'd like it. She seemed interesting in the first book but also distant and I couldn't read anything out of her actions ... she's a mystery. But I grew to love her and even enjoyed all her scenes. She's fierce and smart and unbroken and totally different to what I thought at first.

A few things bothered me in "The Infinite Sea" ... starting with my beloved Ben Parish. There were scenes with him but I still wanted to read his own POV! He's an amazing character and so, so strong and I love him. Do you understand? I clearly didn't get enough of him. The action was also a bit missing - actually no, there's a lot of action but then again there are lots of scenes where nothing at all happens. They sit around and wait or do something else that is absolutely "boring". And also ... well, let's say: The last scenes at the hotel. I'm not sure if the author wanted to build tension and wanted us to wait for what happens next but he simply switched the POV's again and we were back to Ringer - who was in a different situation somewhere else and alone - and didn't mention ANYTHING about what happened in the hotel for about 80+ pages/the end. That confused me and I was waiting for it but only got Ringer dealing with her problems.

Speaking of Ringer's own problems. There were some serious twists and new questions we have to deal with now, but I absolutely adored her friend? lover? caretaker? I don't even know what he is, I was just confused. But I did like Razor a lot. He helped her, took care of her, played chess with her even though he had no idea how it works. He even invented his own game, just so she's not alone. I loved their own "language" (the tap's) and that she made jokes. I'm aware of Vosch and his plan but I still think that Razor is awesome (especially in the end, oh god) and I liked him for what he did. I don't care if he pretended it or not. Point.

I'm curious for the third book but not too excited. At least not right now. I just hope there'll be more emotions and answers in the last book. I need answers. A lot of them and they better be clear,  understandable and good. Overall, I have to say that "The Infinite Sea" was definitely worth reading and not disappointing. It wasn't as good as the first one but still solid and deserves the 4 stars I gave it!

★★★★☆

2 comments:

  1. THAT'S HOW I FEEL! I wanted more like The 5th Wave and Ben's POV ): and the switch to Ringer after the hotel was like over 100+ pages! What the hell. that actually made me mad. I just wanted more. I still enjoyed it and I loved and adored Razor, but I just wanted more. So I hope we get more answers in the last book!

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    1. I'm actually quiet happy that the book wasn't longer. It got better towards the end but I missed the "The 5th Wave" feeling I had when I read the first book ... idk. I hope the last one will be more like the first one with lots of emotions and that we'll get all the answers. To EVERYTHING.

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