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  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group (16 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399162429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399162428
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.2 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 762,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wildly entertaining... I couldn't turn the pages fast enough (The New York Times)

A modern sci-fi masterpiece... should do for aliens what Twilight did for vampires. (USA Today)

Nothing short of amazing (Kirkus (starred review))

An epic sci-fi adventure about a terrifying alien invasion. You'll read it in one sitting (Bookseller)

Remarkable, not-to-be-missed-under-any-circumstances (Entertainment Weekly)

A gripping SF trilogy about an Earth decimated by an alien invasion... the question of what it means to be human is at the forefront (Publishers Weekly)

This is DAMN and WOW territory. Quite simply, one of the best books I've read in years (Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author.)

This book is scary! (Teen Now (starred review))

A fantastic read. The 5th Wave is an electrifying page-turner (Kathy Reichs, New York Times bestselling author)

Yancey's heartfelt, violent, paranoid epic, filled with big heroics and bigger surprises, is part War of the Worlds, part Starship Troopers, part Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and part The Stand . . . a sure thing for reviewers and readers alike. (Booklist (starred review))

Breathtakingly fast-paced and original, The 5th Wave is a reading tsunami that grabs hold and won't let go. ('Melissa De La Cruz, New York Times bestselling author of the Blue Bloods series.)

...a twisty survival story that borrows elements from romance, horror and dystopian fiction (Wall Street Journal)

Wildly entertaining... I couldn't turn the pages fast enough (Justin Cronin New York Times)

The pace is relentless (Heat)

Action-packed. (MTV.com)

A cut above anything else in the genre (Sunday Telegraph)

Borrow this one from your teen's nightstand while they're at school (People Magazine) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Rick Yancey (www.rickyancey.com) is the author of several adult novels and the memoir Confessions of a Tax Collector. His first young-adult novel, The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, was a finalist for the Carnegie Medal. In 2010, his novel, The Monstrumologist, received Michael L. Printz Honor, and the sequel, The Curse of the Wendigo, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER on 20 Oct. 2014
Format: Paperback
“I am drowning in blood. Not mine. The blood of the billions who died before me, an infinite sea of blood that envelops me and bears me down to the lightless bottom.”

This is the second book in the 5th Wave series (the first being just called The 5th Wave (Book 1)). I believe there is a trilogy ultimately planned, so a third book is in the works. I see that a film based on the trilogy is being planned as well, with Sony Pictures announcing in April 2014 that the part of Cassie will be played by Chloe Grace Moretz. A release date of 2016 has been announced.

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the trilogy, with the premise being that aliens were attacking Earth, with each wave being a progressively worse option for humanity, until the 5th and potentially final wave hits. By now, it’s virtually impossible for humans to know if others are indeed human, or Others. If humanity can’t even trust each other, how can they hope to survive?

In this book Cassie and the band of misfits who survived the first book are still trying to survive; the odds are not getting any better, and they face even worse, new threats to their, and humanity’s ultimate fate. There is a lot of narrative around trust, and around such ‘human’ traits as compassion, loyalty and the struggle for survival. There were some great revelations in this second book, and I anticipate some big ‘oh, yeah’ moments in the third book when everything comes out in the open.

This is a great sci-fi novel; aimed perhaps predominantly at the YA market, there is nothing in it that a more mature sci-fi fan can’t enjoy; the story is timeless, the struggle endless; and I look forward to the third book with great anticipation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H J Mac on 9 Oct. 2014
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This is really quite short. It feels incomplete, and not just because it's the middle book. I found it compelling and read it quickly, but I feel like it needs a lot more exposition.

The motivation of whoever it is that's done this thing to the Earth is still completely baffling. The different explanations really haven't made sense and have left more questions than answers.
I also feel that some of the characters could have been more developed, I don't feel I know them any more than at the end of the first book. There are a characters who are clearly gonners with all the classic pointers to their gonner status through the story, yet other characters are only there at the end via a couple of plot holes.

I've still given it four stars because it is compelling, and it kept me reading, if a bit frustrated. Also I think the ideas and world building are amazing. I do wish the next book was out soon as this one has left a lot of questions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Bolton on 3 Nov. 2014
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I really enjoyed the first book but I was left with a feeling of disappointment. The astonishingly vivid opening chapters had ended with a well written but seemingly generic "they walk among us" alien invasion story and, frankly, my biggest issue with the whole book was the need for a fifth wave at all. So I was delighted when i read this sequel. The writing quality was vivid once again and EVERY question I had about the first book was addressed in this one. A ereally fantastic follow-up. The only problem is the year wait we are promised at the end for the next book!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By the GreatReads! on 16 Sept. 2014
Format: Paperback
The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey is the sequel to the outrageously terrifying but wildly compelling The Fifth Wave which was released in May 2013. Like the earlier book, this mishmash of science fiction, fantasy, adventure, romance and paranormal will blow away readers with excitement and suspense as author Rick Yancey crafted a truly breathtaking page-turner that will not let up until the final page. This is a story told on an epic scale that will leave readers clamoring more.

Those who have read The Fifth Wave will definitely love to get another glimpse of Evan and Cassie. Then there is Ringer who plays an important part in the overall development of the story. What make The Infinite Sea such an enjoyable read for me is the twists and surprises that come with each turn of the page as Rick Yancey layered plotting makes it difficult to guess what will come next. It is an endless ride of surprises leaving the best for the last.

Author Rick Yancey's writing style, the eclectic cast of characters, the suspense, and excitement beautifully combined to make this book a great read. It is one you cannot afford to miss. Fast-paced, thrilling, entertaining, scary but hugely enjoyable, The Infinite Sea is a notch above The Fifth Wave, and one of the best books I've read in its genre. And judging by the first two books, The Fifth Wave is one of the best trilogies I have ever read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nina on 19 Sept. 2014
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This is not as good as the first book and has some similar themes which is a little disappointing. Towards the middle the endless trudge of despair gets a little waring lets have some hope Yancy. But I guess it's more truthful in that respect when the world goes tits up what more can you expect. It is still a great read but too short I feel more of a filler which is a shame as we are no further forward which to make a book worth the price we really should be. Still recommend it though.
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