The Infinite Sea, review

The Infinite Sea (5th Wave) - Rick Yancey

"Vincit qui patitur."

Who Endures Conquers.

Cassie Sullivan and her companions lived through the Others' four waves of destruction. Now, with the human race nearly exterminated and the 5th Wave rolling across the landscape, they face a choice: brace for winter and hope for Evan Walker's return, or set out in search of other survivors before the enemy closes in. Because the next attack is more than possible---it's inevitable.   ---from the book jacket


Well, I was quite anxious to finish this one. The last third of the book was very exciting and I couldn't wait to see the resolution. Of course, there is one more book and I will have to read it because I am dying to see how this turns out. I LOVED the 5th Wave; Cassie's bravery and Evan's sacrifice and the underlying fight for survival against an unknown alien entity that seems to have powers beyond our understanding. 


The Infinite Sea starts off slowly. The first four sections of the book alternate viewpoints between the different characters and bring most of them to the same moment. It is cool to read from one character's point of view and not know what else is going on and then later to read the same time frame from another character's point of view and realize that they are ending up at the same place. The first two thirds of the book tell the story of Cassie's group and how they are dealing with the struggle to survive and her personal struggle to trust or not trust Evan.


The last one third of the book tells the story of Ringer. She was in Camp Haven with the others and started off with Cassie's group. But she left to explore a cave they were planning to spend the winter in. Her story is quite exciting with lots of twists and unexpected allies and unexpected enemies. I can't give many details without spoiling it, so I'm just going to say I could not put the book down. I read until late at night, I read until the last possible minute before I had to leave the house this morning and I sat down at the mall after lunch and finished it. Of course, then there was the let down of "Oh no the book is over and the sequel isn't out yet.... Ok I need something new to read!"


Recommended to:

Young adults (and adults who like YA) who like dystopia and sci-fi. Though the aliens are not the focus of the story. It is more about survival and how the humans deal with the situation. Of course, there is some romance, but that is NOT the focus either. If you liked 5th Wave, then you have to read this. If you haven't read 5th Wave, then read it.  :)