Author: Rick Yancey
Release Date: September 16, 2014
Series: The 5th Wave
Genre: YA/Sci-fi/Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Buy it here: Amazon
First Line: The world is a clock winding down.
**What? How? Who? Huh? Fantastic first line!*
Synopsis: Cassie has found her baby brother, and has saved him from the soldier camp that had taken him away. In the process she found Ben, the boy she had a crush on in high school, before the aliens destroyed normal life. And she lost the alien boy she had fallen in love with in this new life. Now, Cassie, her brother, Ben, and the kids from Ben’s squad are holed up in a run down and forgotten hotel, waiting for Evan Walker, the alien boy who stole Cassie’s heart.
Review: Warning: This will have spoilers. I suggest that if you want to avoid the spoilers, scroll down to the conclusion, where it is safe.
This is the perfect sequel to The 5th Wave. It answers the few questions we had at the end of the first novel. What happened to Evan Walker? What is going to happen between Cassie and Ben now that he knows who she is? How is Sam, Cassie’s little brother, going to adapt to this new world?
My biggest question going into this book was if Evan was still alive. I wanted him to be alive so bad that I could almost taste the heartbreak. And then, he shows up. Just in time to be killed again…until he shows up again at the end. Talk about a rollercoaster of emotions in this book. Not only are we cringing over Evan, wishing him and Cassie could just be happy and safe together, but we are also hoping that Ringer and Teacup are okay.
Sadly, in the end Teacup is killed in order to free Ringer, so that she can escape the soldier camp that she was thrown back into after being captured again. A lot of things happen AGAIN and it’s so frustrating. But the most OMG moment of this whole book is…(Spoiler right here) the aliens are not aliens!! It’s human technology. Humans have betray their own and destroying the place that so many people call home.
Looking back at it now though, It completely makes sense. The world is already going in that direction. We are killing ourselves, and this novel seems to hit the nail on the head. Which is probably what makes it so scary at times.
And let’s not mention how these “aliens” are putting bombs in children’s throats to kill the unsuspecting kind humans left in the world. This is something that actually makes me respect the author, Rick Yancey. Not many people will hurt a child in a story. It’s almost taboo because no one wants to read about a child being harmed. But Sir Yancey (yes I just made him a knight!) has taken the stigma of using children in horrible ways and rubbed it in our faces. While it will make your stomach turn it also makes you want to stand and clap for the brilliant writing!
Conclusion: Again I say, this is the perfect sequel. Questions from the first book are answered, while new questions are left wide open for the next novel. I cannot wait to continue this series. It really makes you wonder what the world would be like when the adults can’t be trusted and kids are being used for war…wait…isn’t that what the world is kind of like now?
As always, a little bit about the cover. Can we please just…highlight the artist of the cover? I feel like the people who design these covers do not get enough credit for the work they do. Seriously though, it’s shiny and I like shiny.
If you read The 5th Wave, then you understand why you must read The Infinite Sea. If you haven’t then please do yourself a favor and read both of them and get ready for the third book due out May 17, 2016.