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The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave, #2) de Rick…
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The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave, #2) (original: 2014; edição: 2014)

de Rick Yancey

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"Cassie Sullivan and her companions lived through the Others' four waves of destruction. Now, with the human race nearly exterminated and the 5th Wave rolling across the landscape, they face a choice: brace for winter and hope for Evan Walker's return, or set out in search of other survivors before the enemy closes in"--… (mais)
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Título:The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave, #2)
Autores:Rick Yancey
Informação:Putnam Juvenile, Kindle Edition, 320 pages
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The Infinite Sea de Rick Yancey (2014)

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So, what did I think of The Infinite Sea?



I want to leave it at that, but Cannonball Read has some stupid word minimum for reviews.



Goddamn it. Anyway, a friend saw I was reading this and asked how I liked it. I said, “I’m about 2/3 of the way through and so far, nothing has happened to justify its existence.â€ù She said, “High praise indeed.â€ù But it’s true. The Infinite Sea fails to do what any competent sequel does, i.e. expand the universe and raise the stakes. Off the top of my head, here are some of the most egregious moments:

1) The title is meaningless. In The 5th Wave, “the infinite seaâ€ù was a crowd of child soldiers. In this book, it refers variably to snow, tears, unconsciousness, and blood. In the Harry Potter books, there were not multiple Sorcerer’s Stones scattered about willy-nilly. If you want to ascribe some importance to your book’s title, do not waste it on describing a field of wheat. (Which, by the way, happens in the prologue.)



2) Important characters like Ben and Sam have been reduced to cardboard cutouts in favor of Cassie, who is now the equivalent of nails on chalkboard. While I appreciated her will to survive and her morbid sense of humor in the first book, now she’s judgmental, self-righteous, catty, and possessive. Evan hasn’t changed much, which is to say he still has his annoying habits of speaking in enigmas and passing out whenever he’s asked a pressing question. Cassie and Evan’s infatuation with each other, which I was already puzzled by, is even more intense now. These two should just cake on some eyeliner and scribble emo song lyrics on each other’s skinny jeans.



3) Ooh, speaking of the lovebirdsâ€_ I was wrong. There is no love triangle in this book. There is a fucking love hexagon.



4) A minor character dies in a way that just leaves me with this lasting bad taste in my mouth. To be clear, I’m not talking about the usual grief or shock. At least when J. K. Rowling killed off a character, she had some purpose behind it. This book has one of the most unconscionable, horrifying character deaths I have ever seen. The way this character was treated like a plot point throughout the book, and then the way their murder is framed as an act of loveâ€_ No. Just, no. I can’t.





5) There is no new information as to why the aliens have taken over Earth and why they are using the waves. Their approach certainly raises doubts about their capacity for logic. Why do beings without physical forms need to occupy a planet? Why watch humans evolve over thousands of years when you can stamp them out right at the beginning? These questions are asked but are never answered, other than humans suggesting, well, maybe they just like to fuck with us. And you cannot propel your plot just by withholding information from your reader. It is frustrating beyond belief. I guess there is one revelation that could be considered a plot twist, if you stretch it, but to me it was just one more instance of the aliens’ sadistic mindfuckery.



So, I should end this rage-y review by saying something nice, namely what prevents me from rating this fucker one star. Number one, Poundcake. His backstory and the reason he never talks broke my heart. Number two, Ringer. She was the real badass of The 5th Wave and Rick Yancey should just hand over the rest of the series to her. She actually goes and gets shit done. Good for you book, I don’t entirely regret reading you!

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  doryfish | Aug 20, 2021 |
teen/adult science-fiction (elaborate alien invasion conspiracy)--at least PG-13 for strong language, violence, and (hinted at) sexual situations. This was good, but I had trouble getting into the first chapters because I had no recollection of this Ringer character (fortunately, the Internet came through with character descriptions and summaries of the previous book). Also, she was kind of an idiot for getting so close to Razor. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
I went into reading The Infinite Sea thinking it would be as action packed as The 5th Wave. I think this is where my 3 stars has come from compared to the 5 stars that I gave The 5th Wave.

I still loved the characters and seeing specific characters (like Ringer) evolve and hear about why they act they way they do, and how they became to be the person they are after the first four waves. I also like where the story line is going overall for the group of characters who are trying to survive the 5th wave. So what was my beef with The Infinite Sea? Well, let me tell ya.

The Infinite Sea picks up the story where The 5th Wave leaves off, and I think I would have preferred it if the story continued to be told through the same characters' points of view as The 5th Wave included. I really enjoyed Cassie, Evan, Ben (Zombie), and Sam's points of view. This time around, we are given four or five different points of view, but only two of them are carried over from the previous book. While I understand why certain parts were told through specific character's pov (in order for us to understand how events happened as some could easily be thought to have been performed by other characters), I didn't really feel as invested in the characters whose pov's the story was told through because Rick Yancey seemed to skim over these characters and their roles and lives in The 5th Wave. Why would I suddenly feel attached to a character that I was basically pushed into not caring about in the first book? Then, (spoiler alert) I'm given tons of back story about one said character who ends up dying 20 pages later anyway. I understand why it was told through the character's pov, but still... really?

Another problem I had with this book compared to The 5th Wave was the lack of action. Most of the action in The Infinite Sea was pushed into the very beginning of the book and the very end. We spend so much time in the head of the character Ringer that this book started to feel like a psychological book versus a science fiction/action book. But Ringer isn't the only character whose mind we find ourselves in. Between Cassie, Evan, and a few others, this book felt like it took me longer to read than the week that it did. The 5th Wave has so much more action, intrigue, and excitement that The Infinite Sea felt like a bit of a let down. I still plan to read the final installment in The 5th Wave trilogy because I want to know what will happen to all the characters, but I feel I can only give The Infinite Sea 3 solid stars. ( )
  courty4189 | Mar 24, 2021 |
Did anything even really happen in this book? Seriously, this book could easily have been condensed into 70 pages or so, that's how little happens.

It's full of metaphors and teasing so it reads like a pretentious arty novel that's trying way too hard. There is some good action parts, but I felt these were ruined by the long passages of descriptive musings from various characters. Nothing that happened seemed real either because we're continually messed about with what's really going on without getting many answers. ( )
  zacchaeus | Dec 26, 2020 |
Not as great as first one but still entertaining.

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  xKayx | Dec 14, 2020 |
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