Series: The 5th Wave #2
Published by Penguin Group on September 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
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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.
– An exciting and heart-breaking continuation of the alien invasion story started in The 5th Wave.
The Others launched their attack on Earth, wiping out most of the human population in just a few days. Now, the survivors are scattered and in hiding, except for a few military locations. Cassie, her little brother Sam and a rag-tag group of survivors from one military base are hiding out as winter closes in. What are the Others planning? Cassie can’t help wondering whether Evan survived the ordeal, but first their group must stay together, or risk being torn apart.
It’s been a whole two years since I read The 5th Wave, and I really didn’t remember a whole lot about what happened at the end. Unfortunately, The Infinite Sea picks up very soon after the events at the end of The 5th Wave without any reminders, so I spent a good few chapters trying to work out who all the characters were. A bit of a recap would have been handy.
The aliens aren’t actually in this book that much – it’s pretty much all humans doing nasty things to each other. The use of children as weapons was once again the most horrific aspect of the story for me, but I did find Ringer’s part of the story particularly fascinating.
These sorts of alien invasion stories may sound far-fetched to begin with, but you can’t help wondering how things would go down if something like this really did happen. It’s easy to imagine the complete collapse of society happening this way, with survivors scrounging what they can and the helpless ending up as victims. It’s kind of terrifying, and makes for amazing tension throughout the story.
I’d recommend a re-read (or at least a flick-through) of The 5th Wave before reading this one, but still, this series is highly recommended for sci-fi fans.
The 5th Wave series
|Book 3: due May 2016|