Thursday, 17 September 2015

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey; The 5th Wave Trilogy Book 2 

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. 

I loved the first instalment, but I'm not going to rate this book because I'm a writer and I know how bad it feels to get a low rating. Basically, there's no point in giving a book a bad rating because you didn't write it. You didn't put all that effort into writing it, the author did. However much I hate a book, I'll never rate it badly because there's no point in bringing down the over all book rating when plenty of other readers might it.

This instalment was a bit slower-paced than the first book. Also, way more confusing. However, there are twists and turns involved in the grand scheme of whatever the 'aliens' are up to. At this point I don't even know if it's actually an 'alien' invasion. Maybe the main character is in a coma and she's going to wake at the end of book 3 to discover it was all a dream. That would majorly suck.

I've never known a book with such an ending to NOT piss off readers, in the extreme. But I'm just kidding, that's not what's going to happen in the end, or so I hope. Just trying to put across how confusing this read was. Kept me guessing though. Or frowning in wonderment; wondering like WTF is that supposed to mean? I don't want to include spoilers in this review, so I'll just say the dialogue between characters is all over the place. I don't think the players in this dystopia game know what's going on either. I think that's the point. The characters are confused and so am I!

Makes me also wonder if it will have a conclusion where the whole thing is a ploy to diminish the human population by humans themselves. Because of the impact humans make on the environment. So the aliens aren't even there, it's just a big scam to 'save' the planet. That would be a rubbish conclusion, but I get the feeling from this book that such an ending is where Yancy is headed. In which case I won't read the final instalment, I'll just imagine my own ending instead. This book was all messed up.

*spoilers ahead*

The romance between Cassie and Evan was destroyed by the end. In the first book he pushed his freaking 'soul' into her. I mean, that is profound stuff. Then in the 2nd book he's just gone from her life and we discover that might not have even happened? Like it was a mental trick, or something. I'm so pissed off with this book I want to forget about the impending movie and the 3rd instalment. Why do authors fuck up series books? Few get them right. Makes me not want to read series books ever again.

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