“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.
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.
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.
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.
I will definitely be looking out for the next one!