Title: The Infinite Sea (2nd book in The 5th Wave Trilogy)
Author: Rick Yancey
Genre: Sci-fi, apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic, dystopian, paranormal, YA
This is the second book to The 5th Wave trilogy. This book delves deeper into Ringer. She was not a main character in the first book and we only got to see a little piece of her at the military camp. She came across as someone who added depth to another character. She was portrayed as mysterious, tough, and excellent with weapons, but otherwise there wasn’t much to her. In The Infinite Sea, we get to see her weakness. We get to be inside her brain and understand who she really is.
The story begins with the cast: Cassie, Ben Parish and his buddies from the camp including Ringer. Ringer leaves their hideout and gets captured and returned to the camp where she is inserted with a head device and gets alien data downloaded into her brain. Part of the download included some superpowers which allowed her to see in the dark and heal quickly from injuries. In essence she becomes a carrier of alien knowledge, alien control, and super strength. This “upgrade” to Ringer was Commander Vosch’s plan to use her to track down Evan Walker. Evan is the guy Vosch wants. This becomes an alien vs. alien thing.
There is a lot of action and suspense throughout the book.
I enjoyed this book just as much as the first book but there were a few things that I felt could have been explained better/deeper such as:
- Ringer’s character. Even though we got to read from her first person, I didn’t feel that I could relate or even understand her. There was back story to her past but it just didn’t feel very strong. It didn’t feel believable.
- The upgrade to Ringer could have been explained better. I guess I wanted to know more about how she felt. She had fevers and physical pain but it lacked emotional pain. She had this “so what” attitude as if she accepted whatever was happening to her. I felt that she could have fought it more. Cried more. Screamed more. I thought she should have shone more anger toward these aliens and what they were doing and what they’ve done to humans.
- The soldier that aided and assisted Ringer was intriguing but there were things about him that I didn’t understand like when he stared blankly at Ringer when they had escaped. How was he controlled in that way? Why weren’t some of the other humans controlled the same way? When he came out of his control, he and Ringer just continued with their conversations as if it was normal. He continued to take care of her as per directives and she just went along with it. That was hard to believe.
Overall, this was a great read. The humor was still great. The weapons descriptions and actions/fight scenes were superb. There was a bit of Cormac McCarthy’s, The Road, writing style in the book. I’ve grown to like the no quotations conversations and was excited to see it in this book. I cannot wait for the 3rd book!