2.5 stars – I thought it was okay. There were elements I found enjoyable but there were quite a number of things I didn’t like. I may have also had a meh reaction to it
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.
Oh how that was not what I was expecting 😦
After finishing on such a high after The 5th Wave I was beyond excited and keen to jump right back into the story in The Infinite Sea. After reading the adventurous journey’s Cassie and Ben went on to get out of the camp, I was prepared for a book with everyone together and on the run and putting together a plan to bet the Others. Instead I got what felt like a really long novella.
Like, let me try and explain this without spoiling the book. We get a grand total of probably 60ish pages based around the Cassie and the group being on the run from the Others, and like 250ish pages on Ringer and this really fucked up thing she goes through. Now this is why I felt like it was a really long novella: You know how sometimes novellas are about other characters in the story going through something? And there needs to be a quick story about this so that when it’s brought up in the next full length book readers completely understand what’s going on?? LIKE THAT’S HOW I FEEL ABOUT THIS BOOK AND RINGER’S STORY! Rick needed to explain what happened to Ringer so that when it’s brought up in the next book us readers wouldn’t be like WTF?
I feel like if he took certain parts out HE COULD HAVE JUST MADE IT A NOVELLA AND ALL WOULD HAVE BEEN SWEET! But nope. He went and made it a full length book and I’m kinda pissed.
So since this story was about Ringer, you may be asking did I like her? The answer would be NOT UNTIL LIKE THE LAST 80 PAGES. Before that, every time she opened her mouth, thought something, generally breathed I was SO ANNOYED! She is actually such a bitch. She’s so cold hearted and just like off putting. I did warm up to her in the end – but by then I already hated her a whole bunch so idk how I feel about her.
The ending of this novel is like the only good part in it. The ending had the excitement and adventure that I feel in love with in The 5th Wave! I was shocked and awed and I love it! Razor was such a great addition to the story! And the like last couple pages GOBSMACKED ME! Like, actual flailing – unsure how to handle it – GOBSMACKED! TO EFFING BAD THAT IT TOOK TILL THE LAST 80 PAGES TO GET GOOD! BECAUSE THAT MEANS THE REST OF THE BOOK WAS PRETTY DISMAL. I pretty bored for a lot of this book, which is really unfortunate.
As for Cassie, Ben and Evan… I think because we we’re in Ringer’s head for so much I the book (and she’s so tough and hardcore) I kept finding Cassie really naive and airheaded. Like her unwavering faith in Evan was getting on my nerves majorly (that may be because I still don’t like Evan). We don’t get to read from Ben’s POV at all in this book (which is obviously a huge changed from being in his head half of The 5th Wave) so I don’t really have anything to say about him – except that I’m pretty sure his crush on Ringer is getting bigger (**that screaming sound you’re hearing is just my heart breaking that my Ben-Cassie ship probably wont sail!**). As for Evan, IT’S LIKE HE JUST WON’T DIE! I stand by what I said in my The 5th Wave movie review, movie Evan is great, book Evan is horrible. HE IS STILL HORRIBLE FOLKS! Sammy’s not his usual cute self in this book (which is disappointing but understandable, he has gone through a hell of a lot). We did get to learn more about Poundcake and Dumbo in this book which was one plus for it!! They are both really interesting characters.
We did learn A LOT about the Other’s in this book! Which gets like 30 thumbs up from me! It was really interesting and intriguing to learn the why behind the invasion!
I don’t really have anything else to mention. For the most part this book was boring but it was setting the story up to have a really awesome series conclusion! And what Ringer went through in this book was probably one of it’s only highlights, so I’m excited to see where it goes in the last book. I’m still holding out hope that Evan may trip on his own feet and land on a knife and Cassie and Ben can skip off into the sunset together (even though neither of them likes the other that way 😦 )
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