Monday, October 20, 2014

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey [Joint Review!]

The Infinite Sea (The Fifth Wave #2)4.5 out of 5 Robots!

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
Series: The 5th Wave #2
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Release: September 16, 2014
Hardcover:  300 Pages
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Julia and Shannon

Book 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.

(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Julia and Shannon's Thoughts:
1. What was your favorite part?  Least favorite part?Julia: My favorite part is probably Razor. He's a new character and he does something absolutely unexpected towards the end of the book. I love when an author takes a leap and does something a little crazy that I didn't see coming. 
Shannon: My favorite part was probably even trying to keep it together.  They are all right on the edge of losing it, but desperately trying to keep it together.  I liked the tension and anxiety.  My least favorite part was Ringer's storyline.  I found it a little confusing to following and it just didn't hold my interest that much.

2. How did this book compare to the first one?
Julia: The first one is way better than this one, but that isn't to say this is a bad book. I just connected more with the first one. The Infinite Sea didn't seem as compelling as The 5th Wave.
Shannon: I agree that I enjoyed The 5th Wave more.  But I think it would be hard for a second book to keep up to the first anyways.  I think the storytelling was just a little more interesting in the first and I liked the various storylines better.  But, that is certainly not to say this is a bad book!  That is not the case at all.  

3. What sets this book apart from others?
Julia: There is so much violence! I mean, there are a lot of other books with violence, but not very many young adult ones. 
Shannon: It feels much older and I really like that.  The writing is elevated quite a bit from your standard YA dystopian/sci-fi book.  And I had forgotten how brutal this series could be!  Yancey does not hold back and as a non-teen reading this book, I liked that it was heavier that most YA I read.

4. How do you feel about the characters?
Julia: I like the characters. Evan's role became redundant and although I loved Ringer's part, I'm not sure I cared enough to follow her through the majority of the book, which we do. Razor is a new character that I enjoyed. But for the most part, they're all likeable and it is easy to relate to them all. I'm genuinely sad whenever one dies!
Shannon: I like the characters quite a bit.  Each feels like they have their own separate personalities and Yancey is very honest with their flaws and strengths.  Zombie is probably my favorite still.  I just like how he handles himself.  I think the person I still don't really understand is Evan.  He is a bit of a cipher to me.

5. How would you describe the writing?
Julia: Exciting, compelling. Lots of action so you won't get bored. Sorry, not much else to say about it!  
Shannon: As I mentioned, it felt "older" than most YA.  Sometimes I felt it was a little hard to follow since it jumps around a lot between characters.  But I thought there was a real sense of place. 

6. Overall, how would you rate this book?  Who would you recommend it to?
Julia: I would recommend it to fans of its predecessor - The 5th Wave. And if you're into dystopia, aliens and fast paced books.... Pick up The 5th Wave and THEN read this one. And don't be turned off because you're burned out on dystopia. This trilogy doesn't feel like any other.
Shannon: I would definitely recommend it to fans of the first book.  But I also implore other dystopian/apocalyptic/survivalist fans to take a look too.  Especially if you are burned out because it doesn't really feel like any other book in those genres.

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