Friday, October 10, 2014

The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave #2) by Rick Yancey (Review, Sort Of)

Young Adult, Apocalyptic, Horror, Thriller
Publication.Date  September 16th 2014
Published By:  Putnam Juvenile 
AuthorRick Yancey

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The riveting follow-up to the New York Times bestselling The 5th Wave, hailed by Justin Cronin as “wildly entertaining.”

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.

Back to the R word. It’s all about risk. Not just ours. Theirs, too: embedding themselves in human bodies, establishing death camps, training kids to finish the genocide, all of it crazy risky, stupid risky. Like Evan Walker, discordant, illogical, and just damn strange. The opening attacks were brutal in their efficiency, wiping out 98 percent of us, and even the 4th Wave made some sense: It’s hard to muster a meaningful resistance if you can’t trust one another. But after that, their brilliant strategy starts to unravel. Ten thousand years to plan the eradication of humans from Earth and this is the best they can come up with? That’s the question I can’t stop turning over and over in my head, and haven’t been able to, since Teacup and the night of the rats.
One of the most disorienting things about the invasion—after watching everyone you know and love die in horrible ways—was how time slowed down as events sped up. Ten thousand years to build civilization, ten months to tear it down, and each day lasted ten times longer than the one before, and the nights lasted ten times as long as the days. The only thing more excruciating than the boredom of those hours was the terror of knowing that any minute they could end.
“Cassie,” Sam said in my ear. “Your nose is really big.”
“That’s because it’s broken.” Like my heart, kid. It’s a set.
Pining for things we lost is the same as hoping for things that can never be. Both roads dead-end in despair.
THE WORLD IS a clock winding down.


     No, seriously. How am I supposed to get over this enormous book hangover? I don't remember ever having it so bad... The Infinite Sea was absolutely spectacular. I don't think any other book I've read this year can measure up (and I have read many amazing books this year!). 

     Please don't expect a coherent review from me. This will be a bunch of random thoughts on steroids thrown together, accompanied by serious sobbing, yelling and flailing hands. There might be spoilers. There will probably be swearing. A lot of swearing.

“That’s it,” he said bitterly. “Cry, Cassie. Cry for her. Cry for all the children. They can’t hear you and they can’t see you and they can’t feel how really bad you feel, but cry for them. A tear for each of them, fill up the fucking ocean, cry.

     The Infinite Sea was even better and more epic than I remember The 5th Wave to be. And I fucking loved The 5th Wave. I remember I devoured it in a day and had a major book hangover for like a month afterwards then too. Well, hello dejavu! If I didn't have a ton of things during the day to do (including but not limited to changing diapers, wiping off baby vomit, cleaning, cooking and walking the dog) I would have read The Infinite Sea in one sitting. I really didn't want to put the book down and was majorly ticked off when life got in the way of my cozy Yancey time (and yes, it's as sexy as it sounds, in case you're wondering). Still, I somehow managed to finish this near-500-page-long book in under 24h. And it was the shortest almost-500-pages I have ever read. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I wish this book was 1500 pages long, or better yet, 5000 pages long. There is simply no such thing as too much of Yancey. You can't overdose on this crack. 

First they taught us not to trust them,” he whispers. “Then they taught us not to trust each other. Now they’re teaching us we can’t even trust ourselves.

     The writing is gut-wrenching and so intense, so captivating, so absolutely brilliant, I think even the most reluctant readers will fell in love with The 5th Wave series. How can you not? This is one of my top 5 favorite series ever (the other four being The Chaos Walking, Across The Universe, The Hunt and The Dark Tower series), and I think it's a must-read for all alien-apocalypse and end-of-the-world junkies. 

     The romance is really scarce and takes up only about 5-10% of the entire plot line, and honestly, I wouldn't even call it "romance" at all, for it would be an insult to the epicness Yancey cooked up in this book. This series is so not about hooking up with aliens, it's not even funny. And no, there is no fucking love triangle here either (in case you're one of those who were so "worried" about it). 

Get ready, because when you crush the humanity out of humans, you’re left with humans with no humanity.
In other words, you get what you pay for, motherfucker.

     The plot line is simply mind blowing. It's crazy good. CRAZY GOOD, guys! Things are more twisted, more intense, more fucked-up than ever (and I'm not joking, you will very, very disturbed!), and there are plot developments in this book that you have never even dreamed about. Not in your wildest dreams. I'm not going to go into details and try to recap or hint at what happens, for it would be completely pointless. You just have to read it for yourself. But let me give you one heads-up- The Infinite Sea is told in multiple points of view (like the first book was, but we now alternate between more characters), and while Cassie's story is still at the core, Ringer's story is almost as important. Heck, in some ways is is even more important. SO MUCH MORE IMPORTANT! Please don't go into this book fixated on Cassie and Evan. Yes, you'll find out what happened to Evan, and yes, you will probably be left breathless, but their story is not all this series is about. This is a complex, multilayered survival epic, filled with themes of sacrifice, hope, persistence, betrayal and more. There is love here, but at the same time, there is so much more than just love, if you know what I mean.

     All that being said, I thoroughly despise the fact that I have to wait another year for the third volume to be published, and I loathe the fact that it will be the last volume even more. 

This series is fucking awesome!

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