Synopsis: 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.
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Apocalyptic, Aliens, Romance
Cover: The covers for this series never fails to blow me away. They are dark, they are gritty, they convey the book perfectly. They are everything needed to make up a striking cover for a novel.
My thoughts: “How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.” Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave series has entrapped me from the beginning since it not only shows aliens taking over the world, but it shows the downfall of humanity. He picks up directly after the ending of the first novel when the entire group of survivors managed to escape Camp Haven safe and soundly. Now all they have to do is wait for Evan who Cassie hopelessly clings onto his promise that he will find her again somehow. One major problem the characters face in this book is time. They can’t afford to waste it by waiting for someone who might not ever come and they can’t throw time away since the colder weather is approaching soon. Told in new perspectives, Yancey continues his mesmerizing story where the waves are not finished and the Others will do anything to ruin the only thing humans have left, their humanity.
Although this book was shorter than the first, Rick Yancey successfully packed in so much information, heart break, action, and plot twists into a 300 page book. He wasted no time reviewing what happened in the first installment of the series and easily picked up where the reader left off with Cassie, Ben, Sammy, Poundcake, Teacup, Ringer, and Dumbo. They are struggling to survive in the destruction of the world around them while constantly living in fear of what the Others could possibly do next. There are many questions that arose and were answered throughout this novel such as, why do the Others spend so much time with each Wave? Why don’t they just wipe out every person in one quick move? What do they need the Earth for? These questions help guide the plot line in a face paced way all gripping Sci-Fi novels are written.
What really shocked me was the pure inhumanity and ruthlessness that was conveyed by the Others. With each passing Wave, each scenario that crushed people’s humanity managed to get more brutal as time went on. Just when I thought the concept for the Other’s 5th Wave was horrid, this “Infinite Sea” really packed an emotional punch that affected me as I read this story. Once again, this series never has a dull moment. There was action at every other scene along with issues that arose with that each character had to face. One thing that makes Yancey one of my most favorite authors is his character development. He really gets deep into each character and their purpose for living and makes you feel as if they’re your close friend. You grieve their loses, encourage them when they are lost, and gasp when something unexpected happens to them.
Another unique thing about this book were the metaphors. There were endless amounts of comparisons between two unlikely things in life that managed to explain the entire plot to this book. From rats, to elephants, to Latin phrases. Those things helped shape the novel and show the reader the characters’ drive to achieve the goal they had in mind whether it be good or bad. It helped explain the entire cause of the Infinite Sea that rattled me to the core. Yancey writes his books in such intricate was that seem normal at first but then his words hit you and stick with you long after you have set the book down.
This book affected me in subtle ways. I read it in mere hours and then everything I absorbed settled in me which left me in tears. I cried for the lives lost in this book, I cried over how easily our world can be ruined, and I cried from the relationships that were cut because of the Others’ cruel actions. Reading how horrible the Other’s are and the lengths they will go to rip apart people and their minds really is scary to read about. And this book conveys that perfectly. It is written in a way that is beautiful and raw and impacting, not because of the aliens taking over the Earth, but the by way humans react during disastrous times. Although a mere Sci-Fi novel may not seem to be relevant to our lives, it paints people in a new light and shows how easily we can be broken if someone pushed us enough.
I absolutely adored this sequel. It is one of the best sequels I have read. Even though I felt as if something was off (probably since there weren’t so many Cassie POVs) I still was entranced by this story. I never saw the plot twists coming and I certainly did not expect the book to end the way it did with the developments the story made. This is a novel that really delves deep into human emotion while also having kick ass alien fighting scenes that can always be thrilling to read. I highly recommend this series to anyone in need of a apocalyptic novel with some heavy characters that go through some heartbreaking times.