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Editorial Reviews

Editors Select, September 2014 - To say "we’re excited about this one" would be an understatement. The sequel to Rick Yancey’s best-selling, YA alien invasion epic, The Fifth Wave, has everyone on our team – from editors to VPs – buzzing (in fact two of us decided to get behind this one jointly!). In a literary landscape soaked with teen dystopian thrillers, the world Yancey created is a cut above. His multiple perspectives round out the unique world he has created, and his portrayal of Cassie – the teen heroine – is beyond believable (and unbelievable when you note she was written by a male author!) If you haven’t gotten on the Rick Yancey bandwagon, we recommend you do so now – you don’t want to miss out. —Audible Editors, Chris and Emily

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

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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.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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excellent

If you could sum up The Infinite Sea in three words, what would they be?

EXCITING, THOUGHT-PROVOKING, INTENSE

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Infinite Sea?

the struggle between humanity and being human

Which character – as performed by Phoebe Strole and Ben Yannette – was your favorite?

really enjoyed Evan

Any additional comments?

Excellent, when is the next one coming out??

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Tim
  • Jupiter, FL, United States
  • 11-21-14

Why is it that book 2 always drags

You have to read this one to understand whats going on. But the story lacks the originality and pace of the 1st book. Let's see where we go with book 3

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Grazen
  • Toronto, ON, CANADA
  • 03-03-15

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.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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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.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Can't wait for the next one

Intense. Fast. Heart breaking. Addictive. I shouldn't have started reading this series until all the books were available. I'm an impatient person.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not as good as first

The guy narrator in this one is better, in my opinion. As far as the story goes, it drags sooooo much. I almost gave up on it at one point. I hope the third one answers my questions and has more action to make up for this. Still worth the listen if you liked the first book, though!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Wow! Surprised!

I was so-so on the first book, but I really liked this story.
The book is still in first person, with multiple points-of-view. Other character's back stories are developed. I really enjoyed the back stories, and the extra detail.
But what I really liked, was the surprise twist near the end. It has left me thinking.
The readers are wonderful.
All-in-all, great story well performed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful