Publisher: Penguin Australia
Source: Publisher for review + Bought
Genre: YA (14+) - Dystopian
Genre: YA (14+) - Dystopian
Violence | Sexual Content | Profanity
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Warning! Spoilers if you have not read The 5th Wave!
WHAT EVEN HAPPENED IN THIS BOOK?!?!?! I STILL HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS. I finished this book whilst on night shift at the hospital and I was just gaping from ear to ear, thinking that there must be more, that Yancey couldn't have ended the book like that. But he did, and now I--we--have to wait for the next installment... it's going to be excruciatingly painful and long. I hope it will be more than worth it.
Anyway, let's back-track here. I think I got ahead of myself. So The Infinite Sea catapults you back into the messed up lives of Cassie and Zombie and Walker, but first, we're thrown into the eyes and mind of Ringer. I like that this book was told from multiple perspectives. We learn more about Ringer in particular, but also Cassie and Zombie and Walker and Poundcake. Ringer makes for a very interesting character; she develops and changes so dramatically throughout the course of this novel, it really hits at the heart of what humanity stands for. In The 5th Wave we know her briefly as the cold-hearted killer and an excellent shot and yes, in The Infinite Sea we still get that impression, but we also get to know more of her.
I was extremely emotionally drawn to the story. I think that Rick Yancey writes his characters in a way that makes them sympathetic and you want to know more about them and you want them to live and be happy, but you know they've been placed in a world where that is no longer possible.... Also, they are flawed and have shades of in-between; no character is inherently good or bad, and the lines are becoming a bit blurred I guess. It's the way characters should be written: the more time we spend with them the more they should grow as a character and the more we should learn about them... the more we should feel and care for them.
The writing style was, as expected, magnificent. (Although I think "infinite sea" was a bit over-used.) Yancey has such a way with words. The words, sentences and paragraphs just seem to flow seamlessly, effortlessly, beautifully.
At the heart of it, The Infinite Sea remains a story about family. And love, and hope, and home, and fighting a battle unknown and possibly hopeless. It is a story about humanity. I can't even comprehend what these "aliens" are and still what the bigger purpose is, or if there really is nothing...? I have no clue at all and I'm perfectly content with being pulled along for the ride.
First line: There would be no harvest.
"Can't go back. Can't go forward. Can't hold on. Can't let go. Can't, can't, can't, can't. What can you do? What can you do?
I lifted my face. Okay. I can do that.I stood up. That, too.I squared my shoulders and slipped my fingertips into the place where the two doors met.
I'm stepping out now, I told the silent deep. I'm letting go.I forced the doors apart. Light flooded into the void, devouring the smallest shadow, down to the last one. (63)
"'The world is a clock and the clock has wound to its final second--why would you want to live?'
'I don't want to save the world,' I tell him. 'I'm just hoping I might get the opportunity to kill you.' (238)
Yay! It's been so long since I've done one of these. :D I received a review copy of this book (right after my purchased book arrived in the mail the day beforehand!) so I'm going to be giving away 1x copy of The Infinite Sea to one lucky reader!
- AUSSIE ONLY! Sorry to everyone else. Shipping to other countries is ridiculously expensive. I will host another giveaway in the future (via The Book Depo) so I hope you can forgive me!
- OPEN UNTIL 11/11/14... at 11pm, because why not? Remembrance Day and that. :P
- TO ENTER, post a comment or tweet @cc9309 answering the following question: Who was your favourite character from The 5th Wave and why?
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I have received this review copy in return for an honest review.