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. (From: Goodreads)
**Actual rating: 4/5 Infinite Stars**
Even the stars will wink out one by one and there will be no light or heat, and this is the war, the endless, futile war against the lightless, heatless void rushing toward us.
[Impressive Reading Experience]
Oh, wow, the most enjoyable thing while reading this is that I’m completely amazed by how perfect and powerful Rick Yancey‘s words are. He’s indeed an extraordinary writer because he never fails to overwhelm you with seemingly simple descriptions yet you’ll feel the strength and emotion beneath them at the same time. Reading both The 5th Wave and The Infinite Sea is such a huge pleasure I seldom have so I can’t stop praising how wonderful and flawless his writing style is.
Let’s start with the story! Like the first book, this one contained alternative POVs from several characters in the story, but mostly from Ringer’s instead of
my favorite Cassie’s.
[Evan & Cassie]
“I found you, but in finding you, I lost myself.”
We know that Cassie and Evan seperated in the end of The 5th Wave, so technically, she was supposed to find him and he was supposed to keep his promise. However, life wasn’t easy particularly in the alien-apocalypse era. As much as she wanted him to come back to her, her determination faltered with the passing of time, and her stress increased gradually. Predictably, Cassie’s faith in him would more or less lost bit by bit when her “friends” didn’t believe in her story about Evan Walker, so she began to doubt whether there was a real human inside him. Despite the struggle, she still managed to stay strong and put her big girl pants on.
I’d forgotten how cruel the Others could be. Not enough to punch a hole through my heart with a bullet. No, first you have to pummel it and stomp on it and crush it in your hands until the tissue oozes from between your fingers like Play-Doh.
As for Evan, it’s actually a relief to see him badly injured AND alive. He showed us that not all aliens downloaded in human bodies was unbreakable and perfect; some of them, like him, was wounded and malfuntioned, and by saying “malfuntioned”, I mean not only his broken body, but also his mindset–the way he chose not to destroy humankinds as the commander ordered–was pinpointed as the ultimate target of Vosch(the commander), which brought out the next part of the story.
Honestly, the last chapter, DUBUQUE, surprised me most, because never did I expect Rick would end the story this way. The scene was so unbelievably beautiful and memorable; the characters might not appear perfect, but the combination of imperfections made it nothing to fastidious about.
[Ringer & Razor]
“Some things, down to the smallest of things, are worth the sum of all things.”
At first I disliked Ringer a lot because of her arrogant and pessimistic attitude toward everything she and her buddies had to face, and because she didn’t believe whatever Cassie told of Evan. I even hated her because she was so proud of building up her own fortress and shutting people who cared about her out. And the way she thought pretending everything was fine could make her feel better when everything wasn’t so at all. In my opinion, she was just avoiding the consequences and being an ostrich the entire time, but the more I knew about her, the less I felt this way.
She went through a lot of experiments in the alien lab and I didn’t like seeing her manipulated like a puppet. Even though she tried hard to fight back, it was apparently in vain. The products of the 5th wave always knew her next step before she took the initiative. So the time she met one of the soldiers, nicknamed Razor, in the building, she
fell for punched him in the throat with all the strength she got. Yep, typical Ringer’s style. Thankfully, they became friends afterwards. I mean, c’mon, he even played chess with her, umm, despite the fact that he didn’t know how.
He opens the box, pulls out the board, fumbles with the pieces.
“You got your queens and kings and the prawns and these guard-tower-looking things. How come every piece is like a person except those?”
“Pawns, not prawns. A prawn is a big shrimp.”
He nods. “That’s the name of a guy in my unit.”
“Prawn. Never knew what the hell it meant.”
I’m glad Rick spent more chapters from Ringer’s POV here or else I wouldn’t get enough of them. They were adorable together and exchanged many funny banters whenever they chatted. The deeper they felt for each other, the more intimate they interacted.
He brought me from the tomb. He raised me from the dead. He risked his life so I might have mine. Easier to turn aside. Easier to let me go. Easier to believe the beautiful lie than the hideous truth.
“Now we’re even,” I whisper.
“Not exactly,” he says hoarsely. “I only kissed you once.”
What made me extremely heartbroken was the end of their just-the-beginning relationship. Was Razor really dead in the end? I mean, his chest was blown apart, which meant he was dead, right? I just couldn’t wrap my head around that thought!!! Please someone tell me I misunderstood it. That I misinterpreted that phrase. *wailing*
I felt like they were just started to know and explore each other but Razor already made his decision.
This is such an impressive series and though I enjoyed the first book more than this one, The Last Star is still my most anticipated book of this year. I have a feeling Rick won’t disappoint all of us and the ending must be both happy and bittersweet. The author gave us some space for imagination and rethink about the essence of humanity and I begin to ponder upon the meaning of the 5th wave, whether those aliens really occupied our bodies without being affected by their original hosts. It’s getting philosophical by the end of this trajectory that even Vosch failed to predict. Highly recommend this book to everyone!