“It isn’t that the lies are too beautiful to resist. It’s that the truth is too hideous to face.”
The thing about these books is that I just really love the world, not because I would want to live in it or anything, but rather because it is simply so imaginative. There’s something really catching about psychological villains and I think that’s something Yancey captures beautifully in this series. The Infinite Sea is the second book in Yancey’s The 5th Wave series in which aliens have arrived at our planet and slowly, systematically decimated the human population.
When I read The 5th Wave I was left with so many questions that I simply desperately need answered. The Infinite Sea is no different. For the first time readers find themselves in the heads of a few of the characters from the previous book, as well as reliving the narration of the both Ben and Cassie. There’s a lot of action in this book, but ironically very little travel. Where in The 5th Wave, Yancey’s characters take us all over the place, The Infinite Sea almost remains entirely in one place, with only three characters ever really moving.
I think, ultimately, that’s why a lot of people were somewhat let down by the second book, but I found it somewhat refreshing. I enjoyed getting to know the characters better, particularly Ringer, whose narration we are introduced to early on in the novel. I was desperate to learn more about what had happened to Evan and whether he would return or really was dead. The villains of this series continued to amaze me and each plot twist was fantastic.
I think, perhaps the only irritation I had with The Infinite Sea was solely in the fact that the ending repeated a plot point that was thoroughly unnecessary. It just felt frustrating to read the new events and think, wait…didn’t you do this already? Granted, it is a bit different and the actions of Poundcake were heartbreaking and wonderful all at once, but the other piece of the ending ultimately left me annoyed that once again I would have to live on a cliffhanger that I’d already suffered through with the first book.
All in all, though, I did really enjoy reading The Infinite Sea and am currently in the process of reading the third, and final, book in the series.