So at the end of The 5th Wave, the base where kids of all sizes were kept and trained but secretly trained by the aliens to create The 5th Wave - was neutralized. Cassiopeia Sullivan rescued her little brother Sam and a few kids before Colonel Vosch escaped with an army of children who don't yet know the truth. But the group gets separated from Ringer and Cassie insists on the team waiting for Evan Walker, the secret weapon they might have to save the world and themselves once and for all. The thing is, he might be dead, might not be (but it's easy to guess which one is correct, considering how important he is to Cassie and The Others, in different ways, thankfully.) And that's all the synopses I can give. No, really.
One other thing I should tell you about The 5th Wave is I felt it was more movie material than book. I thought the movie delivered the sort of tension Rick Yancey was feeling when he was writing the book but I as the reader was not. Now, let me say that this sequel has no drive. What I wanted was for the characters to hop on immediately and try to find a way to Wonderland to save the children. But they don't even bring it up. The characters just walk around (and barely walk around, at that) trying to decide how best to travel and who to trust, which is nobody, and right off the bat my low expectations arose when there's a character that's sort of killed off at the beginning. I hate when books do that at the very beginning? It feels like a "Gotcha" and is usually better off at the end of the last book, you know? That's much more effective.
Oh, and something else this book is: Boring! It's 85 chapters, and almost none of them have a good enough cliffhanger to keep me intersted. Every time one of the numbers came up presenting a new chapter, it felt like a welcome invitation to take a break. Except it came at every page. And each page made me feel like Yancey was saving up all his juices for the last book and put all the dry stuff into this one. Surely a book about the extinction of the human race shouldn't be boring, but this book is about anything but.
This book is also 160 pages shorter than its predecessor, and I was kind of hoping this would make it more fast-paced, but the result is a book that has being short as a disadvantage. Even though I couldn't wait to put it down and return it to the library forever, I wanted the characters to progress more and add more to make this book important to whatever final product will be the last book, which I doubt. Compared to The 5th Wave and everything that happened in it, this book is puny. Shame, cause it's only a trilogy, though it might as well be a duology with this being the first half. That's essentially what The Infinite Sea is. A prelude with no attempt to get off the ground. The closest it goes to that is when a girl is following Evan. Its horrible storytelling glows in this section of the book for two main reasons. Let's see: I know you can't trust anyone, but Evan attacks the person who takes care of him before running off. Uh, she was gone for a few minutes. You could've snuck off. I know you are the ultimate weapon, Evan Walker, but what are you going to do? Again, book doesn't say. Second thing is she follows him and Evan knows it. He even sees her as he walks. I've never read something like that before - because no other book probably could get published. I feel bad for Poundcake's story and it gave a feeling of hopelessness but there are no quotation marks to say who said what, making it come across as confusing and filler.
This paragraph is going to contain big spoilers for the ending, so if you want, skip to the last one. The entire last act is entirely from Ringer's point of view, not Cassie's. I'm all for other points of view, but not if it takes the main character out of the story this much. And also, Rick Yancey I feel doesn't have a sense of time. Ringer is put somewhere for over a month. And after multiple book readings, I can safely tell you that a month of almost nothing can really make your mind rot. You can die of boredom, you know. Also, the entire affair felt like the book skipped over the ending of The Infinite Sea and the beginning of the final book, The Last Star. And not only that, but if Ringer's story takes palce over a month, what were the other characters doing? Book doesn't say. But then there's something that makes it, well, not a horrendous book. The humour. Rick Yancey does have an occasional sense of humour that shines through. There's a bland final little helicopter scene that doesn't make sense because a chess game is thrown in in the middle of all the action, but the humour, and a small sense of not killing to remain human would normally merit at least half a star. And I was about to give this book the same score as Reawakened, which on Goodreads is just enough for a 2/5 rather than a 1/5. But then the book does one of the stupidest twists you could ever dream up. Rick Yancey seemed to take the idea that no one can be trusted and make it a little too literal. And when I read the pages, I saw a spark. There's no way this kind of betrayal would go this way in real life.
The Infinite Sea is the worst book I've read so far this year, with no drive and no big reason, with a nonexistent timeline and stupid plot thrusters. And it's not even a page turner.