By: Melanie | October 18, 2014 | (31) Comments

Review: The Infinite Sea by Rick YanceyThe Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
Series: The 5th Wave, #2
Publisher: Penguin Australia
Release Date: September 16th, 2014
Genres: Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, YA
Pages: 336
Source: Received in exchange for review
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The hugely anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestselling The 5th Wave, hailed by Justin Cronin as “wildly entertaining.”

For Cassie Sullivan and the rest of Earth’s remaining human survivors, the situation was already desperate when the 5th Wave hit. It’s about to get worse.

No one yet knows the depths to which Earth’s conquerors—the Others—will sink in order to rid the Earth of the human infestation, nor have they guessed the heights to which the human spirit can reach. Characters introduced in Book One will come to the fore—and others will face the ultimate test.

Readers will watch in awe as the Others give their answer to Cassie’s defiance.

WOW. I need a moment.


The Infinite Sea is pure awesome and that’s all you really need to know before picking this book up. While I enjoyed The 5th Wave more, The Infinite Sea is definitely still one of the stronger science-fiction reads I’ve ever encountered. The Infinite Sea has it’s own different merits; and there were certain things that I liked more here, and some things that I started to like less.

I found myself not loving Cassie as much as I did in The 5th Wave. She felt a bit like a typical teenager in this book, I cannot pinpoint which exact moments made me feel this towards her, but it was more like her narration in general came off annoying to me. It’s a shame because I really admired Cassie, and now…just not so much.

On the other hand, I totally warmed up to Ringer. She seemed like a pretty cold and distant character in The 5th Wave, but we get a good chunk of this novel just dedicated to her and I’m glad that we did. We get to find out more about Ringer as a person and what goes on in her mind, I also loved her no-drama attitude and how straight-to-the-point she was. Pretty much by the end, Ringer was my favourite character. She goes through A LOT, this girl, and maybe even a possible ‘love interest’. But you can never know with Rick Yancey. He’s cruel.

Moreover, we do get to learn more about Poundcake a.k.a the guy who never utters a word, and his bitter backstory. Guys, my heart totally broke for guy.

This book feels significantly shorter than The 5th Wave. I actually did find The 5th Wave a little bit boring so I’m glad The Infinite Sea didn’t dabble and just dove right into the action and plot. I was engaged the whole time and I’m glad that Cassie took the backseat while the other supporting characters in book 1 got some time to shine.

A very satisfying and thrilling read, The Infinite Sea didn’t disappoint and gave us even more characters to root for and some more interesting twists and information. *makes countdown for book 3*

~Thank you Penguin Australia for sending me this copy!~

4 Stars
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31 Responses to Review: The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

  1. I only skimmed your review because I haven’t read the first book yet. They both seem great, but I’m not big on alien invasion stuff. 😛
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  2. To be honest I never really like Cassie. xD I liked her well enough until the romance between her and Evan began — I’m not sure why (it’s been awhile since I’ve read the first book) but I just found their relationship a little annoying. I can be very picky with my romance! But in saying that I’m still really looking forward to reading this novel. 🙂
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  3. :O I actually didn’t enjoy this one much at all! I think it’s because I’d become dependent upon Cassie’s POV which meant I couldn’t connect with the shift in this one! But the writing was still just absolutely golden. The big reveal did confuse me though–I thought it was all common knowledge but…apparently not. I can’t wait for book 3 though! I just feel like Yancey’s got something amazing cooking. Fantastic review, Mel! <33 x
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  4. I haven’t seen too many promising reviews of this book lately (except for yours). Many had alluded to the WTF ending, and how different this was from The 5th Wave. I am still looking forward to reading it, regardless of how Cassie’s character seemed to have regressed from the first book. That sucks.
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    • Melanie says:

      Yeah, the reviews for this one are so far very mixed. It’s very dif to the 5th wave, and while it wasn’t as spectacular, I felt that it was a strong sequel all the same.

  5. Tanja says:

    Gah I’m so torn here. I didn’t love The 5th Wave as much as you did, so I kind of gave up on this series. Even though I’m glad that this one is unpredictable and even better, still I never really liked Cassie so I hardly doubt that will change here. Great review, Mel 🙂
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    • Melanie says:

      Thanks, Tanja! Yeah, well i think everyone pretty much agrees that this one wasn’t as good as the first. SO if you didn’t like the 5th wave, I wouldnt come rushing to read this one

  6. Lexa Cain says:

    How exciting to find a sequel that is up to the original! I love to hear your enthusiasm! I adore the premise of the whole series, but although you found Cassie annoying in #2 – I found her annoying in #1 and could never get into the book because of her…
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  7. Jasprit says:

    I’m thrilled to see this praising review from you Melanie, as the reviews that I’d read so far hadn’t been too promising, and I had been a huge fan of The 5th Wave, so I decided to save my copy until a bit later on. Here’s hoping I end up enjoying it just as much as you did! Fab review! 🙂
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    • Melanie says:

      The reviews have been mixed, yep! I recommend you just go in not expecting something as crazy fab as 5th wave, though, because pretty much everyone agrees on that opinion. I hope you love it, Jas! Thanks 🙂

  8. Mary Claire says:

    Oh my gosh I’m glad someone loved this book as much as I did! It was definitely my favorite read of September! I agree with you about Ringer and Cassie, at first I really didn’t like Ringer, but after having so much time with her in the second half of the book, I started loving her character. You didn’t really mention the romance in your review, so I was wondering, do you ship Cassie/Evan or Ben/Cassie? Seems like people are pretty divided on that one.

    Great review! And I’m with you on making a countdown clock till the third book comes out! Hurry up, please, Mr. Yancey! 🙂
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  9. I liked Ringer, but I wanted more Cassie to be honest, and to explore more of her mentality. I didn’t think it was justified well, and she did get pretty annoying with all the pining. The ending WAS WTF, but it made sense. The rat metaphor blew my mind a little and I definitely had to tip my hat to Yancey for incorporating it so subtly. Like you, I didn’t like this one as much as the first, but it was still a strong sequel. 😀
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  10. I really need to read the first book. I love hearing that a sequel is pretty much just a good as the first book.
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  11. Lily says:

    I’ve heard so many mixed things about this one Melanie. Either people love it or hate it and while I still haven’t started this series yet (the sheer length of the first book scares the crap out of me) your enthusiasm has me eager to read this series and find out where I stand. Lovely review Melanie 🙂
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  12. Amber Elise says:

    Oh I’m happy you enjoyed this one, there are so many negative reviews for it!

    Question, did Cassie become annoying because of boys, because that sounds like something that would have happened.

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    • Melanie says:

      I actually was never aware that there were so many neg reviews! Very interesting, huh. Anyway, yes, it was because of boys and a few other things.

      • Amber Elise says:

        Yeah there is a lot of criticism that this is a “filler” book. I haven’t purchased the audio book for that reason. I hope to get to it soon!

  13. Wow, glad you enjoyed this so much. I still need to read The 5th Wave though!
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  14. hahahahah That Mr. bean gif? Totally awesome! 😀 I think you excitement is contagious and I will be checking out The Fifth Wave soon! Great review… Way to go girl! 🙂
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  15. Rachel says:

    I think I’ll hold off to read this until the last book is out. I read and loved The 5th Wave. I wasn’t a big fan of Ringer either. Hopefully I’ll warm up to her like you did. Great review, Melanie! 🙂
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  16. Kelly says:

    She was absolutely brilliant in this one. I didn’t really take to her in The 5th Wave but she totally stole the storyline in The Infinite Sea. Completely agree with Cassie being more like a forlorn teen, oh Evan how I love thee. But I have a feeling it was to share the spotlight with the secondary characters. I hope she steps back up in the final book though. Poundcake broke my heart. I never thought I’d cry during a science fiction novel, but it was emotionally horrible. I’m so glad you really enjoyed this one too Mel. I absolutely LOOOOOVE this series! Brilliant review <3
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  17. Melanie says:

    I really liked Cassie in the first book. I thought she was cool, and brave. I admired her. But after everything Evan did for her, she was so mean to him. I get it in the first book. He made me uneasy too. There was too little information about him. He was hiding something. But now, in the second book, she knows what he is, but still she’s being so bitchy towards him and slapping him and telling him to talk and then to shut up…. I just really dislike her now.

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