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.
Wow. This book was intense. Just wow. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey is full of action and adventure, very thought provoking and some of the plot twists completely blew my mind. After loving The Fifth Wave so much, I was apprehensive about this sequel, thought I shouldn’t have been. Though I did not enjoy is as much as I did the first book, it was still mind boggling.
Not many things happen in the first few parts. We get to witness the characters plan and see how they interact with one another. Mostly, the first parts just build up to the climax scene. Some passages in this book made me think twice about humanity and what one human is capable of.
My new favorite character= Ringer. In the first book, I really did not like her. At first she seemed haughty and arrogant but she shined in this book. The last whole chunk of this book was through her point of view. She’s analytical and she’s quick on her feet. I’m guessing that’s why Vosch chose her as his experiment for the 12th system (a program that “enhances” humans).
I was actually quite annoyed at Cassie in the beginning because she seemed to be whining way too much. Reading her POV was starting to frustrate me and I was glad when the perspectives changed. I did love that her and Evan reunited though. Those two really deserve it. We didn’t get to see as much Evan as I wanted to but the scenes with him were satisfying enough; he did die almost a hundred times and was pretty much at the brink of death throughout the whole book.
A moment of silence for poor Teacup and poor Poundcake, children of war. Rest in peace.
Grace’s character confused me so much. She’s another “alien” who knew Evan before the Waves. Evan says something about a mothership coming to get her. So… why? Is she special? Didn’t seem like it. Hopefully, Ringer will beat the sense out of her and then throw her to Mars. Let’s see how she likes it then, telling Cassie that Sam is dead. How dare she?!?!
The plot twist at the end surprised the Hades out of me. Ringer realizes that there are no aliens, the aliens were NEVER THERE.
“It’s a… a program, a delusional construct. Inserted into their minds before they were born, switched on when they reached puberty- a lie, it’s a lie. They’re human.”
THE ALIENS AREN’T REAL!! Which means it were the humans all along, right? Right? Was this just a plan to demolish the present human race and create a mutated and more evolved species? So everyone who thinks they are aliens aren’t really aliens? Is my life a lie?
The next book better get here quick.