Nov 24, 2015

The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave 2)

The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave 2) book cover

by Rick Yancey
book review rating 4 out of 5

“Because, in the end, without love all our effort is wasted, all we do is in vain.”

Spoken like a smitten husband, Ricky Yancey dedicates this quote to his wife, Sandy, in the Acknowledgments section of The Infinite Sea. I think Mr. Yancey may be quite the romantic…just a guess. With such a profound understanding of love, I am delighted to see this knowledge poured into his books. For in this epic sequel, love—utterly unpredictable, wholly powerful—is the catalyst that irrevocably changes everything.

The Infinite Sea continues the story right after the destruction of Camp Haven with Cassie, Ben, Ringer, and the rest of the team hiding from the Others as they wait for Evan to rendezvous with them. But the longer they wait, the more they despair. Faced with the devastating possibility that Evan may be gone, Ringer leaves the group to seek out safer refuge. Ringer’s departure splits the story into two concurrent timelines: Book 1 and Book 2.

Book 1 has everything that I’ve come to enjoy about this series—heart-pounding pacing with plenty of romance, intrigue, and action to improve upon the brilliant start of the trilogy.

Book 2 is slower, but equally exciting. Narrated almost entirely from Ringer’s perspective (fans of Cassie and Evan, I hear your collective sigh), her character undergoes a pivotal transformation and provides the answer to one of the biggest mystery in this trilogy: who is Evan Walker? The dominant focus on Ringer takes away too much of the spotlight from Cassie’s lead protagonist role. I was rather surprise and a bit disappointed that Cassie’s narrative, by comparison, was not as significant. Still…

At a time when killing seems like the only option, the easier option, Mr. Yancey writes unforgettable characters with infallible courage, integrity, and morality. But the one truly remarkable theme woven throughout both books is unconditional love—this love will be the arrow that will pierce the very (black) heart of the enemy.

The Infinite Sea doesn't just continue the story but moves it forward with new revelations and possibilities that will have readers questioning everything and eagerly anticipating for more in The Last Star.

DISCUSSION: Who is your favorite supporting character of all time?

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