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.
"When the aliens came, seven billion people died."
The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave # 2) is not such an easy book to review without giving away a bunch of spoilers. The 5th Wave is the last step to the extermination of the human race by using humans to kill humans. As we saw in the previous book, those in charge of the human extermination, have used every means at their disposal to bring the world to the brink of extinction. The survivors are not safe. Not by a long shot. If you don't believe me, read the first chapter.
The Infinite Sea takes a more in-depth look into the lives of survivors like Ringer, Poundcake, and Evan Walker. I would say that Ringer's story caught more of my attention than the previously mentioned because Yancey revealed some interesting pieces to the alien invasion puzzle, while giving her a major spotlight. Ringer's story is a bit heartbreaking in that she truly is pushed to her limits and beyond, and we are left wondering what's next for her.
Unfortunately for me, Cassie took a major step backwards in character development. I still like the fact that she is apparently the key to winning this war if she can get past her obsession with Evan. I didn't like her pinning away after Evan and wondering if he was going to keep his promise of finding her. I didn't much care for her slut shaming a supposed alien former love interest of Evan's. Sometimes you just need to move on with your life, and not worry about who Evan was, or wasn't with. This is the freaking APOCALYPSE Young Miss!
I actually feel sorry for Ben Parish aka Zombie. He's been left seriously wounded after saving Cassie's brother Nugget. He's supposed to be in charge, but Cassie is the presumed savior of this series. Even though Cassie had a crush on him, she's more than happy with someone who exterminated humans. At this point, my only hope is that Ben and Ringer will find a way towards a relationship while saving the planet and leaving Cassie to grope with Evan.
As for our villain Commander Vosch. Oh my. What a clever, devious, evil SOB he really is. I will say that he was an evil genius, but that is as far as I am willing to go. Saying anything else would spoil this entire series, not just this particular story. I can only hope that Vosch and Cassie end up going head to head, and don't get caught up in minions vs minions for the fate of the world and the remaining survivors. Perhaps it will come down to Evan and Vosch. Only Yancey knows.
In the end, The Infinite Sea didn't hold my attention like The 5th Wave did. Perhaps that is a good thing since the final novel now has no where to go but up!
Author - Rick Yancey
Title - The Infinite Sea (The Fifth Wave # 2)
Published by Putnam Juvenile
Released - September 16, 2014
Genre - Young Adult, Post-Apocalyptic
Format: Library Book, 300 pages