In an ironic twist, I have to say while some of the things that bothered me in the first book were (sort of) resolved in The Infinite Sea, I just coulIn an ironic twist, I have to say while some of the things that bothered me in the first book were (sort of) resolved in The Infinite Sea, I just couldn't help but find it all rather.. dull? At least with The Fifth Wave, it wasn't perfect imo, but the potential of the series was pretty undeniable, and now I just really couldn't care less.
Yes, there were some surprising twists and even some interesting parts to The Infinite Sea, but I just found it to be mostly boring, and not to mention, very oddly executed. (The ending for one. Just, what? Also, the huge focus on ONE specific character and the lack of other main characters for a long period of time, huh???)(view spoiler)[ Let me just say that my favorite part of the book was at the beginning at the hotel with the group dynamic and if there had been Cassie or Ben chapters during the Ringer portion of the novel, then I probably would have been much more invested, and my rating would have went up. I just do NOT get that writing choice to focus on just one character for that significant portion of time. I feel like it made the book extremely disjointed, and it would have worked better as a novella in between the first two books. (hide spoiler)]
No, it wasn't the lack of action (compared to the first one) and the greater focus on introspection. It's just that I'm not sure I get what the point of the story (at large) is. I feel like there is WAY too much teasing and jerking around with the series, and the readers are owed some real answers. To put it all in the last book is very very risky. I think that this is my main problem with this series and why I can't connect to it in the way I want to.
I do have to say that there's no denying that Yancy is an extremely talented writer, and that's probably why I've hung in this long. The writing in a word? Phenomenal. The storytelling on the other hand? Sloppy. I'm also really not sure how this story is going to be wrapped up in just one more book. With so much focus on one character, and all the other characters neglected, I just don't know.
Whether I finish this series out, I'll have to wait and see. I kind of want to, but a part of me does just because I want to see it through to the end, and part of me just doesn't know if I have the energy to care. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Gosh, I am SO torn right now. In some ways, I am satisfied with the ending - I adored Eleanor's final scenes. I kind of think that summed up the themeGosh, I am SO torn right now. In some ways, I am satisfied with the ending - I adored Eleanor's final scenes. I kind of think that summed up the theme of the entire series: Never be afraid of being yourself. Even if it's a little bit strange, it's always better to be yourself than pretend to be someone your not, just to appear to be what you think people expect you to be. You are strong and capable just the way you are. Yes, that is so great. But on the other hand, I truly don't know if (view spoiler)[ Daniel's death (hide spoiler)] was completely necessary. At the very least it was well-written, and it felt emotionally true compared to some other books where a similar death occurred, but sigh, I just don't know if it was the best way to end the series. (view spoiler)[ Daniel (hide spoiler)] could have easily (view spoiler)[ lived (hide spoiler)] and the story would have still be just as powerful, imo. I don't mind (view spoiler)[ tragic (hide spoiler)] endings - I definitely don't always need a (view spoiler)[ happy one to feel as if it was a good story (hide spoiler)] but again, I just don't know if it really needed to go in that direction. Of course in real life, (view spoiler)[ we lose people we love all the time. (view spoiler)[ Life is full of (view spoiler)[ loss and having to rebuild and move on, (hide spoiler)] but sometimes (view spoiler)[ happy (hide spoiler)] endings are good too. It might be selfish of me but I really really wanted to see (view spoiler)[ Daniel and Eleanor get that little house together. Spend their days with Joseph and Jie and run their school together as one big family. (hide spoiler)] I will need some time to sort out where my feelings truly are with this. (hide spoiler)](hide spoiler)]...more
I'm probably the last person ever to read this, but I FINALLY have, so! My feelings on this book are very complex. To be honest? I am very torn. ThereI'm probably the last person ever to read this, but I FINALLY have, so! My feelings on this book are very complex. To be honest? I am very torn. There are some aspects I really loved and enjoyed. But then, almost everything else fell flat for me. After all THAT hype I wanted to love it, and I simply did not which was pretty disappointing to me. First of all, this book started off really quite strong for me. The beginning is just fantastic. At that point, it felt like an easy five star book to me, and I was swept up in everything that was happening. Like, 'hell yes, this is what everyone is raving out!' Then slowly but surely, it started to fizzle out for me. Sigh. It went from exciting to "hmmm, I don't know about this anymore." To be honest one of the big reasons for this was that I found the romance to be not only problematic but boring. It happened way too quick, and I just don't get it. Considering it took up a huge chunk of the book, it's impossible not to let it affect your view of the story. I didn't like who Cassie became as a character once the romance happened. I really connected to her in the beginning, but afterwards? Not nearly as much. (view spoiler)[ By the way, if it was supposed to be a surprise that Evan was The Silencer, than well I am really confused, because I caught onto it in like 10 seconds once we actually meet "Evan". (hide spoiler)] Also, there are plot holes galore in this book. I will never understand The Other's plans to wipe out the world. (view spoiler)[ If they were watching us for THAT long, and were so much more advanced then us, then why did they wait so long to take over? And when they did attack, why not just wipe us out? Why so many 'steps?" And WHY on earth did they need kids to kill the rest of the humans, when the silencers could have easily taken care of it?! (hide spoiler)] Why?! I think it just come down to the fact that all the pieces were there for a truly great story, the potential was there, especially in the beginning, but, the story just couldn't come together in the right way. However, the ending kind of hooked me back in - again there are aspects that I like about this series, and I'm as of now I will be checking out the second book to see where it all goes from here. ...more
A quick, cute read! However, while I enjoyed it, the characters felt really stereotypical to me. Though, at under 100 pages I didn't have high expectaA quick, cute read! However, while I enjoyed it, the characters felt really stereotypical to me. Though, at under 100 pages I didn't have high expectations for a fleshed out story, so it wasn't a big deal....more
Not quite what I expected, but I still really enjoyed it. For such a little story it packs quite a punch. The writing and the imagery it invoked in meNot quite what I expected, but I still really enjoyed it. For such a little story it packs quite a punch. The writing and the imagery it invoked in me was my favorite part. The execution was also brilliant and something I'd love to see in other (longer) books. ...more