REVIEW: The Fifth Wave & The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

16 October 2014

THE FIFTH WAVE BY RICK YANCEY [#1]
"Be wary of internet hype," is the advice that is wrapped in paper and distributed to new bloggers and friends alike - "Too hyped," is what I heard about The Fifth Wave; and at the beginning, I wasn't even going to read it. I had a copy: I just didn't feel like reading it. It took me a year to finally decide I may as well try it out, and I'm glad I left it at first, because when I did attempt it, I wanted to read it, and I loved it. I know people who disliked it a lot. But I read it in a day, and then I wanted the next book; I wanted to know what happened next: and that's always the sign of a good book. 
Cassie is alone on the road to who-knows-where, attached to her M-16 and the frightening realization that she is alone; she is no longer the child being protected but the girl who has to protect. Sammy, with his teddy bear. Zombie, Evan Walker and a whole host of other side-characters. Each of them is introduced to you, many of them have parts of the story dedicated to their voice, yet there are never too many people to keep track of. The Fifth Wave is a hefty book, but I skimmed through it faster than I thought I would; and if this sounds like your cup of tea, Why haven't you give it a try yet?
“We’re here, and then we’re gone, and it’s not about the time we’re here, but what we do with the time.” - The Fifth Wave [Rick Yancey]
THE INFINITE SEA BY RICK YANCEY [#2
I really like the way that Rick Yancey writes: detailed, evocative but not too muddled even though there are ample POVs. I thought this was an extremely successful sequel that didn't let down at any point, except. Cassie irked me, a little/lot. She suddenly evolved into a teenage girl edging towards that stereotypical 'teenage girl character'. I say edging however, because in my eyes she thankfully, never quite got there. But but but I HAVE A NEW FAVOURITE CHARACTER. Ringer all the way. In the first book she was much more of a side-character that we were gradually getting to know, in this book she had a lot of the limelight and I am so glad she did because she is wonderful and strong and determined and clever and fierce. And my new favourite character. As I just said. Talking of favourites, I really liked Vosche's character in The Infinite Sea, and before you all throw things at me I AM NOT SAYING I LIKE HIM AS A PERSON, I am just saying I like how Rick Yancey created him, and developed him, and moulded him into the person that I now am excited to encounter - not because he makes good things happen [far from it of course] but because can't a person like a baddie? Honestly, he's not my best friend, but I like his character. Also three things: we meet another new character [saying no more] and we learn more about the side-characters we met in The Fifth Wave: Teacup and Dumbo and Poundcake. [Why italics? Oh you'll see.]. Finally, I must mention it, although it pains me to say because then my hands twitch for the next book and my brain cackles at the 2015 notice on the 'coming soon' page for the third book at the back of The Infinite Sea. And then my book shaped stomach moans and grumbles because it is hungry for the next installment and THERE WAS A MAJOR TWIST. I didn't guess it anyway. But hey, have fun waiting for it to spring at you.
“My anger is greater than the sum of all lost things.” - The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey. [Ringer]

18 comments:

  1. Hawwa, you are so teasing us with these types of reviews. This is unfair I demand for reviews that don't cause us to start scrambling to the local book store. :)

    Amelia @ YA Bookologists

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    1. Muahahahahha! *watches you scramble to the book shop*

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  2. Never really taken a second look at these books but now that I've read your reviews I REALLLYYYYY WANT THEM

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  3. I didn't read your bit about Infinite Sea because I'M SAVING MY EYEBALLS. Not that I think your reviews are ever spoilery, I just want to go in totally clueless. ^-^ I haven't read The Infinite Sea...no particular reason. GOSH It kind of looks like my cup of tea. Aliens? Zombies? End of the world? UM, YES PLEASE. So why the heck haven't I eaten it yet? *glares at self* When I munch down my tbr a bit more, I'm going for a library trip. *nods*

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    1. I appreciate the gesture, I'm pretty sure there are no spoilers but I DO THAT TOO so not judging. :P IT IS. I THINK. GO READ IT. And I don't know why you haven't already...go munch Cait.

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  4. One of my friends was literally just freaking out yesterday because no one heard of The 5th Wave. Since I've read your review...

    *goes on library website and tries to find book*

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    1. I feel your friend's pain so deeply. NO-ONE outside of the blogosphere has heard of The Fifth Wave.

      WHY?!

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  5. I was one of those people that went into it expecting too much from it. I did enjoy, however, and I'm sure I'll read the next book soon.

    BUT NOOOOOOOO. CASSIE CANNOT BECOME A TEENAGE GIRL!!

    Great reviews! :D

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    1. REAAAD THEN. I'm glad you enjoyed it because usually the people I know that went into it with high expectations were disappointed.

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  6. Such a lovely blog! Count me as a new reader! :D

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  7. Cassie irritated me in the first one LOL. I have yet to read The Infinite Sea BUT I HAVE IT. I WILL READ IT. EVENTUALLY.

    FANTASTIC REVIEW

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    1. I UNDERSTAND WHERE YOU ARE COMING FROM. READ IT. I'M GLAD YOU HAVE IT.
      YOU SHOULD READ IT. SOON.

      THANK YOU.

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  8. I'm glad you enjoyed the sequel! I've heard so many mixed reviews so it's nice to see some positive ones, I can't wait to pick it up and find out what happens! Great reviews!

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    1. Thank you and yeah! Mixed reviews from a book are always annoying as I never know whether to leave it or try it..

      I always ends up trying it.

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  9. Oh man, oh man! I think I must be one of the only people who hasn't read The 5th Wave yet, even though I already have it on my shelf! So yep, it's really promising that you loved it so much too. It seems like either a hit or miss book, but the majority seem to enjoy it a lot. Now I have even higher hopes than before, if possible. O_O And zombie books are always my cup of tea, so I have a feeling I'll enjoy this series. :D

    (I skimmed through your mini-review for the sequel in case there were spoilers. :P)

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  10. I felt the exact same way!! I only recently read The 5th Wave too (although, I had a buddy read in between books, so I didn't get to binge-read 5th & Infinite). Did you get the feeling in the books that Rick Yancey really, really, likes putting 'the Infinite Sea' everywhere. Even in the first book? It was just added on to sentences, or thrown in the middle, or even had things to compare it to? Great review! <3

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