The second book in Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave series, The Infinite Sea, hits book stsores tomorrow, September 16th. USA Today has already reviewed The Infinite Sea.
Check out the review below:
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE INFINITE SEA!
Rick Yancey’s young-adult sci-fi novel The 5th Waveset up an expansive apocalyptic alien-invasion scenario. By comparison, his follow-up is an intimate character study.
The Infinite Sea impressively improves on the excellent beginning of the trilogy by focusing on the emotional turmoil faced by pitting complex youngsters against a massive and overpowering extra-terrestrial menace. With shifting points of view among its ensemble cast, the sequel makes the most of its themes of evolution and humanity while also highlighting two very tough and determined female protagonists and tapping into Yancey’s ocean of creativity.
Cassie Sullivan was the primary teenage heroine ofThe 5th Wave, searching for her little brother after a series of disasters — electromagnetic pulse wave, coastline-crushing tidal waves, a plague and outer-space organisms taking control of human hosts — wiped out most of mankind.
She and her kid-turned-soldier compadres — including high school crush Ben Parish, now a take-charge guy known as “Zombie” — gained an important win against the villains with the explosion of Camp Haven, where human tykes were being housed and brainwashed for mysterious reasons. And in The Infinite Sea, how the youngest kids are being used in disturbingly destructive fashion by the alien “Others” becomes very apparent.
Cassie and her bunch hole up in a nearby hotel to nurse injuries and figure out their next move before a freezing Midwestern winter takes them out before the Others do. Some in Cassie’s bunch yearn for the innocent days of school bells and soggy tater tots at lunch, and nobody can quite figure out the Others’ endgame. “It’s like they wanta fight,” one character opines. “Or want the fight to be interesting.”
The good news is that Evan Walker, who was presumably in the camp when it was blown up, turns up alive. He’s the hunky farm boy with superhuman abilities who also happens to be one of the aliens in disguise, though he is a good guy with major feelings for Cassie. The bad news, however, is that Evan has led another one of his kind to them, a tall blonde named Grace with the looks of a Nordic model and the obsessive killer focus of a Terminator.
The other main plot of The Infinite Sea focuses on Ringer, a hard-nosed human girl who breaks from her pack to find their missing 7-year-old pal Teacup and winds up in the clutches of the Others’ evil commander Vosch.
The psychopathic bad guy and Ringer engage in psychological gamesmanship. After enduring torturous treatment that exposes the inner workings beneath her hardened exterior, Ringer finds out important truths about the Others and discovers a possible love interest in Razor, one of Vosch’s guards.
By the end of the book, not only is Ringer one of the most dangerous characters of them all, she’s one of the best. “I don’t want to save the world,” she tells Vosch with ferocity. “I’m just hoping I might get the opportunity to kill you.”
While Cassie (and her Evan/Ben love triangle) is still at the heart of The 5th Wavetrilogy, Ringer becomes as integral a part of the franchise in The Infinite Sea, which features betrayals and sacrifices galore as well as one huge game-changing plot swerve.
It’s a potentially polarizing move by Yancey for the fan base, which is no doubt getting ready to consume any and all info about the upcoming 5th Wave movie starring Chloe Grace Moretz as Cassie.
Yet this new key reveal may make the franchise faithful re-read the first book in a new way, and will definitely make them ravenous for the final chapter.
The Infinite Sea
By Rick Yancey
Putnam Juvenile, 320 pp.
**** out of four
You can pick up The Infinite Sea in stores tomorrow.