The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

18249281Title: The Infinite Sea
Author: Rick Yancey
Pages: 300
Year: 2014
Publisher: Penguin
Time taken to read: 1 week
Rating: 4/5

Goodreads synopsisHow 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 finished this book a week ago, so I’m going to do my best to remember my feelings on it.

According to my review of The 5th Wave, I do not like Evan. I don’t particularly remember feeling this way, but I believe it. I didn’t not like him in The Infinite Sea, although I didn’t actively like him either. The character I really didn’t like was Ringer. I guess I just don’t buy her hardness. It’s not that easy to never smile, or maybe that’s just me because I’m compulsively polite, but either way it was irritating. I don’t like people who think they’re better than everyone else. I don’t think that attitude makes her cool or interesting as a person or a character. It just makes her obnoxious and exhausting to read about.

As for the plot, I don’t think I even understand what happened. It sounded like now they’re questioning whether or not there actually are aliens, which is interesting but dumb if it’s true. I’m glad Yancey isn’t ignoring the obvious question of why the aliens or whoever are doing all this. I feel like a lot of books have these crazy plots that are fun and interesting to read about but actually make no sense, but at least it seems like we’re going to figure out a concrete reason for all of this.

Poundcake was my favorite character in this one. His background was honestly so heartbreaking, and his final moments made me sad in all the right ways. He was written absolutely flawlessly in my opinion, and I will miss him greatly in The Last Star. I liked Razor too, and I like that Yancey kind of pulled us back and forth wondering if he was good or evil. At the end of The Infinite Sea he seemed to be one of the good guys, but personally I hope that turns out to be another fake-out.

I gave this four out of five stars because I was tearing through the pages, desperate to find out what happens, but the writing was definitely lacking in this one. It was a bit repetitive, mostly via Ringer, but I have high hopes for book number three, whenever I have time to get around to that one.

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