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review 2015-07-25 02:51
The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
The Infinite Sea (5th Wave) - Rick Yancey

  “It isn’t that the lies are too beautiful to resist. It’s that the truth is too hideous to face.”

 

     After the events in The 5th Wave I thought for sure that any sequel couldn't compare...and I was right. Picking up not too long after it left off, the new crew is together on high alert. For the first half of the book, a lot of it is catching up to where we currently are and it dragged on. While I did enjoy parts of the book, I feel a lot of it could have been cut out. 

 

       CHARACTERS

 

   CASSIE/SAM: Not too much happened that caused me to change opinions on them. Cassie is still badass, Sam is distant but still a little kid. 

  

    ETHAN/GRACE: Uhm?? Random back story and even though I still am #TeamEthan, I feel like Grace cause conflict inside of him. This book is a lot of "promises are important" and I appreciate that even in the event of the world ending,there are still people realizing that to win this war, you have to do your best. That said, it couldn't have been easy to see Grace and have all the old times play out like that. To know the world will end and all those in your human life will parish...how can you switch off the feelings?

 

    RINGER: I didn't put her character with the other's because I'm...indifferent about her. She was magically chose for all of the secrets to be revealed? Erm. Okay. After learning more of her backstory, I feel like she's weak for shutting it all off. So, her dad was a drunk. Big whoop. Whatever, I really don't care. If anything, I hope that this 'hub' stops her pathetic attitude. 

 

    TEACUP: She's young...but that doesn't excuse her stupidity. I understand that she was afraid she'd lose the one person she has left to cling on to in the world, but her actions caused a lot of issues. I hope the kid is okay,though. 

 

    BEN: Zombie. Ah. He clearly has developed strong feelings for his new group and it kills me that he's so stubborn. He doesn't trust his gut instinct and I can't tell if that's because of Cassie,feelings for Ringer, or general concern for his group that caused him to over analyze and stop. I hope he changes.

 

    RAZOR: What the frig happened??

He's DEAD? We barely knew him and will never get to know his intentions. I'm not sure that he ever had real feelings for her...but he knew enough that it was the right thing to do to let her go. Did he do that because he couldn't trust himself? Is there new technology we don't know of that prevents him from leaving? SO MANY QUESTIONS. 

(spoiler show)

 

    POUNDCAKE: Not too much to say. His story made me a little uneasy and I have a feeling the little boy who blew up at the beginning was his brother. Rest easy, Cake. 

 

POV/PLOTLINE

    I didn't enjoy the first half of the novel, especially Ringer's part. The last half of the novel was SO GOOD and made me sit on the edge of my chair, desperate for more words. 

It completely threw me off that this could all just be a crazy group of people and that it's all an illusion. I NEED the next book now before I die of thinking too hard. 

(spoiler show)

 

    I will definitely be looking out for the next one!

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review 2015-07-21 05:00
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
The 5th Wave - Rick Yancey

"I will teach you to love death. I will empty you of grief and guilt and self-pity and fill you up with hate and cunning and the spirit of vengeance. I will make my final stand here."

 

    WOW! This was my first ever Rick Yancey novel and I was so not disappointed! The 5th Wave follows 16 year old Cassie Sullivan as she survives through the invasion of Earth. After watching both of her parents' deaths, the only thing she knows is that she MUST find her young brother who was taken on a yellow school bus with mysterious soldiers. Along the way she meets a boy who makes her question everything she thought she knew.

 

    I absolutely loved this. Whether it was the writing, the plot, or the characters, this book is always going to be a favorite when it comes to sci-fi. I've never really read an alien book before because Hollywood has worn out the effects of it. I've always compared it to the zombie Apocalypse (and I won't like that I was hoping the corpses would revive) and I'm surprised in the way this topic was approached. We've all wondered if aliens would be friendly and if they'd truly 'come in peace'. This felt very realistic. The flashbacks worked wonders for truly giving the sense of how humans process and how we deny when things go wrong.

 

    CHARACTERS

 

  CASSIE: I felt that Cassie was perfect as our MC. She acted like a 16 year old WOULD in the event that this happened. She froze,panicked,adapted to the situation,and even cried herself to sleep at night. She was very "this is how it needs to be, not what it would have been months ago." Of course, I can't blame her for confiding in the one person who seems to be the one for her. Coincidences, huh? 

 

ETHAN: He literally sounds like a Teddy- Bear. Can I have an Ethan?? I was always wary of him, but I'm glad that things ended the way they did.I hope that he's okay because he's like Super-Man and I could get so lost in this boy's eyes! I'm really wanting the next book in the series ( I think it's a duology? ) before I explode with feels.

 

SAM: Sam is the sweetest kid ever. I wanted to hug him and tell him that it'd be okay, that he just had to hang tight and become a good judge of character. They always say that things have to become really bad for it to get better & this kid has seen way more than he's needed to in his short life. Oh god, the flashbacks? My heart broke and then melted into a puddle. He had to grow up and in his time at the camp, he lost a piece of himself and I'm afraid this may not end well.

 

BEN: Still unsure about this fella. 

 

PLOT

 

     This book. This book set my brain on fire, in a good way. After we received more information about the other's, I had to put the book down and process this in the real world setting. My setting. How many things are in our daily life that we are unaware of? I ended up talking the ear off of my stepdad ( who is a fellow geek so he didn't particularly mind ) and I've come to the conclusion that the world is very scary and it's a wonderful thing that we don't know everything. 

 

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