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The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave, #2) by Rick Yancey
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Reaction Upon Reading: Confused


“When you look death in the eye and death blinks first, nothing seems impossible.”

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I am not sure where to start with writing this review. Normally I finish a book and wait a few days to get my thoughts together before I sit down and attempt to share them. The other thing I always do is take notes in my phone of quotes I like, questions I had, reactions and ramblings, but because I listened to this book on Audible while I drove to and from work each day, I did none of that. Therefore, this review may be a bit disjointed and all over the place *sorry*

I didn’t love ‘The 5th Wave’ and the only reason I decided to read ‘The Infinite Sea’ was because I really enjoyed the movie and it sparked something inside me, that made me feel a need to know what happened next. Now that I have finished the second book I am too far gone and will be reading the final book because I need to know how it all ends.

Overall I felt the writing, pacing and characters had developed a lot better than in the first book. There were a few twists I didn’t see coming and I wasn’t too sure where it was going in the end, which is a good thing…generally. The audio-book ended and I had far too many questions.


“It isn’t that the lies are too beautiful to resist. It’s that the truth is too hideous to face.”

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Likes:

  • We got to hear from different character’s perspective throughout the book
  • There was a mixture of ‘before’ and ‘after’
  • That all the characters I like are okay…for now
  • The Rat analogy
    • I thought this was a great analogy, way to obvious and mentioned far to often, but still very effective
    • I was Yancey had just hinted to it and let me have that moment of realization when it all come out at the end 

Dislikes:

  • The ending – I am so confused 
  • Who is good and who is bad? Is anyone bad?
  • Cassie drives me nuts
    • She is whiny, annoying and far to self righteous 
  • Ringer
    • I really wanted to like her, at the end I was almost rooting for her but she is just a small part badass and a big part bitch 
  • I wanted more Evan
  • What really happened? 
    • What parts of this book were so crucial to this trilogy that I needed to know, because it felt like a hell of a lot of relationships and drama and not enough alien destruction! 
  • TOO MANY LOVE TRIANGLES 

Reactions, Ramblings & Questions:

  • What is the book cover meant to represent?
  • We start with Ringer telling the story – Well I wasn’t expecting that
  • Why does this series have so much hype?
    • I was trawling through the overall ratings to see what others’ opinions were and I cant believe how many 5 star ratings I am seeing
  • I read this book purely to find out if Evan Walker was alive
  • Are they making this into a movie?

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Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
three-half-stars
Writing
three-half-stars
Pacing
four-stars
Cover
three-stars
Overall: three-half-stars

The 5th Wave: Book Vs. Movie

by Rick Yancey
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction
Format: Film

16-year-old Cassie Sullivan tries to survive in a world devastated by the waves of an alien invasion that has already decimated the population and knocked mankind back to the Stone Age.

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What I loved about the book:

  • It was perfectly creepy!
    • You didn’t know who to trust
    • The plot kept you guessing
    • The suspense building was a great hook in
  • There was this deep loneliness and sadness that allowed you to connect with the main character Cassie.
    • It was easy to think about how you would act in her situation, I was able to assimilate with the bold choices she made
  • I liked the dark snarky humour of the book – it made it more real and appealing
  • Although this idea of an alien invasion is not an original one, the way it was told and written was well crafted!

What I loved about the movie:

  • Casting
    • I truely thought the casting was brilliant. The only one I wasn’t sure about when I originally saw the casting was Chloe Grace Moretz for Cassie, however she nailed it!
  • Camera Angles
    • There were some unique choices that I thought helped this film stand apart from others in the dystopian/sci-fi YA franchise
  • Soundtrack
  • When Ben sings to Sammy
    • Melted my heart, seriously! 
  • This movie made me cry in a few scenes
    • This is strange because I knew what was coming. Which means it was really brilliant acting to make me sad about something I was mentally prepared for
  • Overall, it felt true to the book
  • EVAN WALKER 
    • That scene were Cassie is peeping on him was to die for!
    • Those abs!
    • That back!!
    • The water!!!
  • This movie made me want to go and read ‘The Infinite Sea’ which the book didn’t. I finished reading ‘The 5th Wave’ and for about 5 minutes I was excited for the next one and then a bright new shiny book series must have come along. This movie has opened up the door for me to get back into the series. I have added it to my ‘Read Next’ shelf…which is growing way to fast!

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What was missing?

There were only 2 big flaws that bothered me in the film:

  • The depth to Cassie’s and Evan’s relationship. It went from do I trust him…to kissing him very quickly. In the book this is played out a lot longer. She really struggles with this notion of trusting Evan, versus having a major ally with the skill set he has.
  • The whole reasons Ben takes to Sammy is because he has just lost his whole family, and more importantly his sister. Their whole relationship is built on the loss of Ben’s sister. The movie doesn’t even delve into this connection, it makes the relationship seem like it was just by default. I felt like the film missed a major component of Ben’s character, his sincerity and kindness.

The Winner is…Movie!

I know some people will be reading this and thinking I am crazy. It is extremely rare, that I find the movie version of a novel better than the book itself. The reason I find it better is because I felt the pacing of the movie effectively portrayed the story, while leaving out all the overdrawn parts that bored me in the book.

As I said above, I now want to read the next book because of the movie!


“But if I’m it, the last of my kind, the last page of human history, like hell I’m going to let the story end this way. I may be the last one, but I am the one still standing. I am the one turning to face the faceless hunter in the woods on an abandoned highway. I am the one not running but facing. Because if I am the last one, then I am humanity. And if this is humanity’s last war, then I am the battlefield.”


1st Wave: Blackout

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