Review: The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

Genre: Science fiction, action Age Level: Young Adult Series: The Fifth Wave #2
Genre: Science fiction, action
Age Level: Young Adult
Series: The Fifth Wave #2

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 world ended once. It will end again. The world ends, then the world comes back. The world always comes back.”

The Infinite Sea is the perfect follow up to the awesome book The Fifth Wave. I was impossibly excited to read this and my expectations were sky high, but the book managed to meet, and even exceed them. Once more, this trilogy messed with my head and my heart and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

There is not even a hint of middle book syndrome and the action is crazy non-stop. In some ways this book is even more intense than the first one because you know the stakes, you know how messed up things are and you know what it will take to save humanity. Plus, we already know the characters, so no time is wasted getting acquainted with them. This book is mainly from Ringer’s POV and while I wasn’t all too interested in her in The Fifth Wave, I loved reading about her now. But the story isn’t just about her – we learn lots about all the characters and see them continue to develop.

It’s next to impossible to discuss anything plot related without spoiling but I will say that once again it is brilliant.  It builds up tension and delivers, hands out equal parts action and emotion and doesn’t let you leave the character’s world. Even if you manage to put it down, it buries itself in the back of your mind in the form of a pesky, ever present, desperate need to know.

Everything you think know from The Fifth Wave is questioned to surprising results. There are a series of massive twists at the end that I loved because it makes you question the validity of everything. Not that I wasn’t questioning everything already; the Infinite Sea is all about what makes us human and how easily it would be for us to lose it.  The language at times even becomes metaphorical as if the entire story were hinting at something more. For every piece that falls into place, you notice you’re missing a handful more. It’s like putting together a puzzle when you don’t even know what the completed image should look like, or how many pieces there are and someone keeps destroying your progress.

I honestly think, at this point, that I will read absolutely anything Yancey writes. I have complete and utter faith in his ability to deliver a third book that is just as good, if not better than the first two, and a conclusion to the trilogy that will be nothing short of perfection.

Highly recommended.

Have you read this book? What did you think? I’d love to hear from you!



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