The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave #2) by Rick Yancey

4/5 Stars
Published by Putnam Juvenile
Published September 16, 2014

Synopsis: Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a word 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.

Rick Yancey, how dare you! After finishing The 5th Wave I jumped right into The Infinite Sea with high expectations. I thoroughly enjoyed this story just as much as the previous book, however the plot was lacking a bit. The 5th Wave was more action packed and fast paced, whereas this story focused a bit more on developing the side characters and providing us with more background information. This of course is not a bad thing, I was just looking forward to an action-packed thriller. However, I was still intoxicated by the edgy language and hypnotic story. 

One thing that I really enjoyed in the first book that Rick Yancey brought over into this one, were the dual-perspectives. It really gives the insight on what everybody is thinking and how they go about different situations, but it was so difficult to differentiate between the characters. I would read ten pages in one section thinking it was one character and then find out it was someone completely different. However, I was still intrigued by each characters' individual voices. The dual-perspectives really brought to light a character we all probably shrugged aside and that is Ringer. Rick Yancey really used Ringer to move the plot forward, which I thought was a brilliant idea. She appeared to be strong in the first book, but here it is proven that she is as tough as ever, and she really became one of my favorite characters.

Ringer, whose secrets were slowly unraveled as she fell into confused darkness, was definitely the star of this novel. Since the second half of the book was in Ringer's perspective, that really gave us more insight into the corners of her mind. Learning about the origins of her ferociousness was enough to make my admiration for her strong heart escalate. With this we are also introduced to another new character named Razor who I enjoyed very much. In a lot of ways his character is very confusing because he is constantly changing his attitude, but eventually he opens up. Razor added a childlike lightness to this story, which made it all the more enjoyable.

This book really took the time to answer a lot of questions we may have had during The 5th Wave. Instead of focusing on an enthralling plot, Rick Yancey worked more on what the Others were all about and why they began inhabiting our planet. Once again the writing in this story was fluid and easy to fall into. It continued to be intense with the themes of hope and hopelessness, and had a lot of thought provoking moments. In times of death and destruction, people will always find something to hold onto and I think Rick Yancey does an excellent job portraying such a disastrous event and the resulting emotions.