The only thing harder than not trusting anyone around you is losing the ability to trust yourself. How are you supposed to know whose side you’re fighting for when love and promises blind everything?
It is the exact problem the survivors of the 5th Wave must now face. The Infinite Sea is the second in the trilogy by Rick Yancey. While the book is half the length of the first, the story is just as gripping.
Having survived the destruction of Camp Haven, Cassie must come to terms with the fact Evan’s promise might this time be one that he can’t keep. Ben tries to keep his team together despite being badly injured and they both knew that staying where they are isn’t a safe option. After Ringer scouts ahead to find safety, those remaining must come to terms with just how unsafe it is. Danger comes in unexpected forms and it takes everything the group possesses in order to stay alive.
Meanwhile, Ringer enters a new type of fight, not to stay alive but to stay human. What she thought she knew about the `Others` might not be as straight forward as it seems and when her body and senses turn against her and she can no longer trust what she thinks she knows, she must find a way to fight that doesn’t involve having a gun in her hand.
Yancey opens up the narration in the second book, following not only Ben and Cassie, but Ringer as well. Even Poundcake has a few chapters dedicated to him. There is enough of a shift, a deliberate attempt to widen the narration that it doesn’t feel like a plot device in order to give information away. Yancey writes his characters as believable and likeable and getting into the heads of two more of them makes it even more so. During the first book, there was a `there and here` feel with Cassie and Ben’s stories taking place in different places and the same is true now having Ringer introduced as a narration.
The book isn’t as strong as the first one, but it is still gripping and keeps you hooked. Some chapters become a little bit too much of a mind game, leaving the reader to figure out what is true and what is not but in a confusing manner rather than part of the plot; parts lack clarity. That being said, the confusion works as a grip to keep you reading and the plot twists along the way make this series the first for a while that I haven’t been able to put down.
Despite any flaws the book might have, Yancey knows how to write Young Adult Fiction. There is no condescending tone, no patronising manner. Instead, you get exactly what a teenager would do and say given the circumstances and it makes a refreshing change from the young adult novels that are actually aimed at a younger reader.
All in all, I’m looking forward to the release of the third part of the trilogy.