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The Infinite Sea

By: Rick Yancey
Narrated by: Phoebe Strole,Ben Yannette
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Publisher's Summary

How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others' ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven't seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

©2014 Rick Yancey (P)2014 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Heart-pounding pacing, lyrical prose and mind-bending twists ... "(The New York Times Book Review)

“Impressively improves on the excellent beginning of the trilogy.” (USA Today)

"This gut-wrenching sequel to The 5th Wave careens on a violent course of nonstop action.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

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Wubba. Let me quote X-files for a moment and say,

Wubba. Let me quote X-files for a moment and say, “Trust no one.”

I only finished the book a little over a week ago and I still don’t fully grasp that last quarter of the book or so. I’m getting ahead of myself here. I hope if you’re reading this that you’ve read or have considered reading The 5th Wave, book #1 in the series. I will, as always, do my absolute best to avoid spoilers… but with this book there are minor spoilers really built-in as this is very much a continuation of the overall story arc.

At the heart of this story is an alien race trying to wipe us off the face of the Earth. They are quite efficient at creating this outcome.

The human race, what’s left of it anyway, has survived 4 ‘waves’ of destruction. The 5th wave has been discovered, but it is far more insidious than originally expected. Cassie, Ben, and Ringer leads us further down the rabbit hole and into the dark underbelly of the beast (well, alien rather) to face and fully realize the ultimate endgame of the Others: the extinction of the human infection upon the planet.

Just when it seems there may be some glimmer of hope – after all, Cassie survived to fight another day – it’s revealed that everything she thought she knew is only the very tip of the iceberg.

That’s about the best summary I can give without releasing a pack of spoilers. It was not as easy as it might seem. I still want the license plate off the bus that apparently ran me over in the final 20 (or so)% of this book.

Perhaps this book suffers from second book syndrome? I can’t even fault the writing itself as somehow lacking from the first book, it really is just – wow. Rick Yancey has that ‘wow’ factor. Why am I complaining and not fangirling, you might ask? I still don’t fully grasp the ‘end’ (it’s obviously a set-up to to the next book, no surprise there) and I even listened to that last bit twice. It’s like a movie-goer saying they fully understood Inception after one viewing. I feel like one of those memes belongs here, “One does not just walk into Mordor…” only with this it’s, “One does not just read The Infinite Sea and fully understand it.” Feel welcome to prove me wrong and come back and tell me what I obviously didn’t get.

I did really love the dual narrators, and how nifty that the new male narrator is named Ben. I know it’s a total coincidence, but it’s a fun one. I held back a perfect score for the narrators on the off chance that maybe they added to my ‘ending’ confusion. It’s a long-shot, as they really made this book pop. There was an additional challenge of more characters to narrate, more points-of-view, more action… just more. They really stepped up to the plate. I fell in love with Phoebe Strole’s narration in book one and The Infinite Sea was just as lovely – and she even had the addition of Ringer’s POV this time around. Both Phoebe and Ben Yannette sold me on the characters. Their age, the angst, the sometimes juvenile thoughts, granted they didn’t write the words but they made the words real for the listener. This is the stuff that makes or breaks an audiobook and they nailed it.

The production crew also did a fantastic job on this. For me, it’s the mistakes or blips that always seem to glare in a performance and they simply were not there. Another simple thing, the music lead-in to the book. Little touches that made the overall experience just fantastic. Bravo production crew!

Ultimately, after everything is said and done, it just didn’t quite live up to the first book. It may have been the odd pacing of the book, the extra POVs, maybe even action, the twists… it just ended up a little too cryptic. Despite all this, I am still committed to this series and will happily hand over my money for book #3 once it’s out. If you are a sci-fi and/or dystopian fan that doesn’t mind juvenile characters, this series is NOT to be missed!

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Not as good as the first :(

Would you recommend The Infinite Sea to your friends? Why or why not?

If you have read The 5th Wave, then you pretty much don't have a choice. I know you will read it, and you should, because there's a chance the third book will be super badass.

What about Phoebe Strole and Ben Yannette ’s performance did you like?

Great performance. No issues there.

Was The Infinite Sea worth the listening time?

Yes and no. Yes because it was an enjoyable read, and no because it was nowhere near as good as its predecessor. The issue I had with this book was that the majority of the story was told in Ringer's POV (a character I don't care much for). It makes sense why it was written like that; it's setting up and building up the story for the 3rd book, which I am assuming (and praying) will be much better than this one, but in the process you are left with hardly any character building, hardly any Cassie and Evan or Ben, and more Ringer, more Vosch and The Others, more theory pondering, chess games, and a whole lot of guesswork. The whole time I kept waiting, very expectantly, to get what I've waited over year for, and at times it felt like it was right there, on the next page. But alas, it never came. I should point out though, the big reveal at the end was a clever twist I did not see coming, so to that I tip my hat to you Mr. Yancey.

Any additional comments?

Bottom line: It was intriguing enough to be enjoyed but it will ultimate leave you unsatisfied. I am sure I am speaking for most readers out there when I say that, after reading The 5th Wave, we are opening this book with VERY high expectations. So you, my dear reader friend, will most likely be let down. Perhaps not as much as I was, but I guarantee you will not finish this book and feel the same way you did when you finished the first one.

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Love, Love, Love it

I honestly don’t understand all the bad reviews for this book. The 5th Wave was an amazing listen but this was just as good if not better. There was plenty of action and I felt the story advanced in a way that was completely and totally unexpected. I loved the multiple POVs and getting inside Ringer’s head. It was worth every chapter not spent on Cassie or Ben. The wait for book three is going to kill me….

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Not much action; no resolution

The last third of the first book in this series saved it. No such luck here.

First of all, the dialogue from instead a teenager's head does get old after a while. Then the plot is fairly thin. Finally, there is no resolution. No denouement. You are just left hanging as if he wrote half a book and decided to stop there.

The readers are OK and they voice teenage sarcasm well. That's the best I can say.

I'm through with this series.

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Disappointing Follow-Up

My kids and I read The Fifth Wave as part of our family book club a few years ago and enjoyed it. This follow-up however has taken a step back in terms of story telling, the amount of filler material, writing style and characterization. I'm not sure if it's because of publisher mandated filler to increase the size and length of the story (trilogies are the rage) but I was bored out of my mind. This will mark the end of this series for our book club. It lost its spark.

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Tremendous Disappointment

What disappointed you about The Infinite Sea?

The first book was very exciting and a great listen. This book is disjointed, rambling, confusing, and at times makes no sense. There is little action per se, but instead we are forced to listen to a bunch of senseless philosophy that turn it into a boring boring book.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None that I can think of. I feel ripped off.

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Second Book in Series

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Because you learn more about this series.

What other book might you compare The Infinite Sea to and why?

This is a unique Dystopian not many like it.

What about Phoebe Strole and Ben Yannette ’s performance did you like?

They both did an outstanding job.

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Slow-Same question as the first book, no answers

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book feels like a bloated chapter than a book. Story doesn't really move forward still no answers as to the question of why they are here.

What was most disappointing about Rick Yancey’s story?

No answers. Feels like he is milking this story.

What about Phoebe Strole and Ben Yannette ’s performance did you like?

Their performance was fine.

Any additional comments?

Keep the story moving. Answer the dam question.

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Liked it a lot.

This 2nd installment in the series is different than the 1st in that it is more character than action driven . I did not agree with the many other reviewers who didn't care for this one. You learned a lot about he characters and their motives. Many readers realize that the 2nd book in a series often may often be thought as the weakest, but In this case I got a lot out of the story. For me, The Infinite Sea was well worth my time.

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An interesting twist

Another fabulous story in the series. One of the plot lines I loved from The 5th Wave carried on in The Infinite Sea. Though, there was a twist near the end I wasn't expecting. The narration was fabulous with the characters differentiated enough for me not to get confused. I look forward to listening to the next book in the series.

Recommended for lovers of Sci-fi Young Adult stories.

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