When I found out that this book series was all set to be a trilogy I admit that I was a bit dubious about reading the second one, because if any book is at risk of being reduced to ‘filler’, its middle books in trilogies. What’s more, the momentum always seems to flop a bit, reducing the overall quality and creating a lull in the plot.
Not so with The Infinite Sea.
Yancey’s writing style is extremely unique; I don’t think I’ve ever read anything quite like it. The narrative effortlessly shifts from being adrenaline fuelled to tense to downright haunting, making it an exquisite piece of prose to read. And he has a gift for making you question everything the book has previously told you. Just when you think you’ve spotted a seemingly glaring plot-hole, a character will drop a hint or deliver an answer to reassure you that no, he hasn’t forgotten to address that one thing that doesn’t quite make sense. You just have to sit tight and all will be revealed. Such relentless attention to detail is one of the things that make this book so engaging. You find yourself constantly on edge, waiting eagerly for more.
On to a personal highlight: I love how Yancey writes his secondary characters! Each one has their own horrific, emotional, well developed backstory – sometimes we just don’t know about it yet. One such backstory played a crucial role in this novel and it was so touching that it brought tears to my eyes. Yancey describes the traumatic events that these characters experienced and the impact it had on them in a very understated way, which was so effective here.
There was plenty of character development from our main characters too. Ringer played a much bigger role, but not in a way that overpowered the others like I feared she would. I loved her relationship with Razor, along with the continuing romance of Cassie and Evan. And I’m gonna say it because it just makes me so happy: TWO BOOKS IN AND STILL NO LOVE TRIANGLE!
The Infinite Sea is significantly shorter than its predecessor, clocking in at about 300 pages – a slight downside if you prefer long books. I honestly never minded though, as I felt that had the story been any longer the plot might have ended up being padded out with irrelevant content, thus risking it feeling more like the ‘filler’ book it could have turned in to. Yancey’s choice to make it shorter and more concise had a positive impact on the quality, but might leave you wishing for more should you enjoy it as much as I did.
Additionally, it might not equal the first novel’s string of shocking revelations at every turn, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t just as exciting. Some of the conversations are essentially about building things up for book three and most of the action is confined to two or three locations, so at times the story doesn’t feel as grand as The 5th Wave due to the smaller scale. However, I don’t think the book is really any the worse for it, so don’t be deterred!
Without a doubt: five out of five stars. If you liked The 5th Wave, I would definitely recommend picking up the second book in this series, or really if you just like science fiction in general. The storyline is just as explosive as the first book, packed full of intrigue, action and suspense and loved every page of it!
And now the long wait for the next book commences…