BOOK REVIEW: The Infinite Sea – by Rick Yancey

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Title: The Infinite Sea
(The 5th Wave #2)
Author: Rick Yancey
Genre: YA, Dystopia, Fantasy
First published: September 16th 2014
Finished reading: October 31st 2015
Pages: 320
Rating 2,5qqq

“No hope without faith, no faith without hope, no love without trust, no trust without love. Remove one and the entire human house cards collapses.”

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To be honest, I don’t even know why I decided to read The Infinite Sea, because I was quite disappointed by the first book. The beginning of The 5th Wave was really promising, but the ridiculous romance between Cassie and Evan ruined the story for me (among other things). While The Infinite Sea has less crappy romance scenes in it, the plot and the actions of the main characters were not exactly credible or great. More importantly, I couldn’t care less what was happening to them, which is kind of not the point of this novel right? Sure, the overall worldbuilding is quite creative and things are supposed to be confusing at points, but I just wasn’t impressed. I know a lot of people seem to love this series, but I guess I’m just not one of them… I saw that the third book, The Last Star, will be published next year, but I don’t know if I will actually end up reading it.

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WARNING: Possible spoilers! Please don’t read this summary if you haven’t read The 5th Wave yet. I’ll keep the summary short but it’s almost impossible to keep it completely spoiler-free…

After the first four waves there are almost no humans left, but that doesn’t seem to be enough for the Others. The fifth wave is currently in process, trying to rid the humans of their humanity. Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a world where it is almost impossible to survive. Trusting someone will most likely end up with you being dead, so it is hard to find allies in this new world. Cassie and her few friends are trying to stop the Others of reaching their goal of exterminating the human race, but will they be able to survive the unthinkable?

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I’m still not sure if The Infinite Sea is a case of not-for-me or if it is really not that good. Since I normally enjoy the genre, I’m leaning towards the second option… I had no emotional attachment to the main characters whatsoever and I couldn’t care less what was going to happen next. The fact alone that it was hard to remember the details of this book after only a week says enough… The general plot might be interesting and it is quite a quick read, but I don’t think I would recommend this series unless you don’t mind cliche romance scenes and not so credible action scenes or characters.

BOOK REVIEW: The 5th Wave – by Rick Yancey

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Title: The 5th Wave
(The 5th Wave #1)
Author: Rick Yancey
Genre: YA, Dystopia, Fantasy
First published: May 7th 2013
Finished reading: July 16th 2015
Pages: 592
Rating 2,5

“You know how sometimes you tell yourself that you have a choice, but really you don’t have a choice? Just because there are alternatives doesn’t mean they apply to you.”

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I have been wanting to start The 5th Wave series ever since I first heard about it last year, but somehow something always held me back. I know many people love this series and it had all the signs I would be one of them. Unfortunately, now I’ve read the first book I cannot exactly say I’m a fan. Don’t get me wrong, the first part of The 5th Wave was pretty awesome and definitely lived up to expectations. But then Cassie had to meet Evan. Le sigh. Why o why does a book like this need cheesy romance scenes?! I was completely convinced I was going to love this book, but the scenes between Evan and Cassie made me want to bang my head against the wall. Cassie is supposed to be a survivor and not trust anyone; then she meets Evan, trusts him almost immediately and even falls in love with him? Yeah right. The part where she meets Ben Parish and tries to get her little brother back is not really credible either. I guess I did like the general plot idea and the Rick Yancey‘s prose was pretty good as well. I will also most likely end up reading the sequel at some point, but I think I will have to get over my initial disappointment first…

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The world as we knew it no longer exists. When the aliens first arrived nobody knew what they were planning… It turns out it was nothing good. After the 1st wave, the whole world went dark. The second wave killed a lot of people, and the third one even more. And now, after the 4th wave, only the true survivors are still alive. Their motto: trust no one. They are afraid there will be a 5th wave and the survivors are trying to find a place to hide. Cassie is one of them. She has also a different mission: find her little brother and save him from Them. She is not sure he is still alive; she is not even sure if there are other survivors out there. Beings that only look like humans have been hunting around the countryside killing off the last living humans for a while now… And Cassie feels she needs to stay alone to survive. But is that even possible?

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I really wanted to love this book. I thought I did when I started reading The 5th Wave. But the cheesy romance scenes and sometimes not so credible plot ruined it for me. Rick Yancey writes in a way that is easy to read and the story has a fast pace, but I almost stopped reading every time I reached the scenes with Cassie and Evan. That’s a bad sign for a book I was supposed to love, right? I know a lot of people really enjoyed this series; I’m just not one of them.

WWW Wednesdays #48 – July 15th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

thegoldfinchthe5thwaveI’ve only made little progress on The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt during the last week. I guess it’s mostly because I just haven’t been feeling like reading it and decided to start other books instead… I’m currently reading The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey as well. Finally! I like it so far, although I’m still not completely convinced… Maybe I was expecting too much of it, who knows?

  • What did you recently finish reading?

madeyouuplingerI finally gave in and read Made You Up by Francesca Zappia. I was a bit afraid to read it because of all the hype around this book, but in this case it’s worth it. Such a great read! ❤ I’ve also made a promise to myself that for every new series I want to start I have to read a sequel of a different series first… I decided to read Linger by Maggie Stiefvater and although I liked it slightly better than the first one, I’m still not impressed. I guess it’s too much romance and too little werewolf action for my taste.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

gamemagoniaMasquerade by Kylie Fornasier is still high on my list, mostly because I need it for theWhen Are You Reading? challenge. I might end up reading either Game by Barry Lyga or Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley first though. Game because I really want to know how the story continues and Magonia because it’s The Book Club of the Opinionated Hufflepuffs July read…

 

WWW Wednesdays #47 – July 8th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

wonderthegoldfinchI’m currently reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio and really enjoying it so far. I can’t believe I’ve waited this long to read it! I’ve also started reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Finally! I’ve had a copy collecting dust on my shelves ever since it came out… So I guess it’s about time. It’s too early on to form a proper opinion about it though.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

Iscarletihuntkillers absolutely loved both last two reads and given them 5 stars each… It’s been a while since I had two amazing reads in a row! I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga is a creepy, disturbing but amazing read. It ends with a cliffhanger that makes me want to read the sequel ASAP! Scarlet was just as great as Cinder or maybe even better, and I will definitely try to read the rest of Marissa Meyer‘s The Lunar Chronicles VERY soon.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

the5thwavemasqueradeI have been saying that I am going to read either my TBR jar pick The Kings Of Cool or The 5th Wave next for the past two weeks… But apparently that isn’t going to happen. To be honest, I don’t have a clue what to read next. Maybe Masquerade by Kylie Fornasier for the When Are You Reading? challenge?

WWW Wednesdays #46 – July 1st

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

the100scarletI’ve started reading The 100 by Kass Morgan the other day for my Bookish Bingo challenge, but I was distracted by The Lunar Chronicles novellas and I didn’t make that much progress on it. I guess it ended up being a July read… I also couldn’t help myself and I’ve already read a few pages of Scarlet. I just have to know how the story continues!

  • What did you recently finish reading?

Icinderflux‘ve finished Cinder the other day and I absolutely loved it! This series by Marissa Meyer is brilliant and I need to read all books ASAP… I’ve already read the first three novellas as well (Glitches, The Little Android, The Queen’s Army). I managed to forget my kindle on my mini break, but I found a copy of Flux by Orson Scott Card browsing the hostel’s book exchange which I was able to finish before returning home. It’s actually a collection of seven short stories and quite good.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

the5thwavethekingsofcoolMy next TBR jar pick is still The Kings Of Cool by Don Winslow… Although I will probably end up reading The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey first if I don’t decided to continue The Lunar Chronicles after I finish Scarlet. That series has me hooked!

WWW Wednesdays #45 – June 24th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

cinderwhatlieswithinI started Cinder by Marissa Meyer the other day and I while I love Cinder, Iko and their story so far, I wasn’t really in the mood for a fantasy read. So I decided to read What Lies Within by James Morris first; a mystery/thriller read about a girl who finds out she is adopted, has a brother who then dies just after repeating various times she is in danger. Really good so far!

  • What did you recently finish reading?

trustmeimlyingthedivinersI finished Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer the other day and I was really disappointed by it. It started off as an awesome read but things soon went downhill from there and I ended up being seriously frustrated by it. With The Diviners by Libba Bray it was the other way around; it started off a bit slow, but it actually turned out to be an exciting read and I loved the 1920s setting!

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

the5thwavethekingsofcoolMy next TBR jar pick is The Kings Of Cool by Don Winslow. It sounds like an interesting read, but I’m not sure I will be in the mood for it. I might read The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey first; I have been wanting to read this one for ages and it sounds like such a good read!