Book Review: The Infinite Sea (YA)

The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave #2) by Rick Yancey

Goodreads Summary:
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.

My Review:
This book is a typical middle book in a trilogy. A little more information is revealed about the Others, and a glimpse is given of the resolution that will surely come in the final book.

The writing was great. I enjoyed the short chapters and the changing perspectives: Ringer, Cassie, Poundcake, and Evan. Although I missed Ben’s perspective. His voice was my favorite from the first book.

A few additional characters are introduced, and Ringer’s character is developed a lot more, which I enjoyed. I also appreciated how much stronger Cassie was in this installment of the story.

Overall, I didn’t feel like there was enough advancement of the plot in this book. It picks up right after the explosion of Wright-Patterson and spans about a month. After the immense amount of information and action in the first book, I guess I was just expecting more from this book.

This book is worth reading if you’re invested in the series, but it wouldn’t hold up on its own. There’s just not enough substance. I’ll certainly be reading the final book, but I’m really expecting Yancey to deliver a lot more than he did with this book.

My Rating: 3 stars
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