Book Review: The Infinite Sea

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Well, it looks like things are still going well.

So far, I reviewed one of the books that I got as a present. Now, only two things remain for me to cover.

Today, I will be reviewing the last of the two books I got, which is called The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey.

After rescuing her brother, Cassie Sullivan and other kids who figured out the truth have gone on the run, in order to stay alive.

However, when the enemy captures two members of the group, one of those two come to the realization that things are not what they seem and must face who the real enemy is.

I kind of liked the book. While there are some issues that continue to exist from the previous book, there were was some bit of improvement too. In the last book, I had a bit of trouble figuring out who was narrating the story during the early portions of the book. However, here I did not really have that much of a problem determining who was who. I really wish Rick did this kind of thing in the last book too, though I still think that things would be a whole lot better if the series was written with the third person omniscient point-of-view narration style. After all, the last book seemed like the work of an amateur partly because of the fact that it was hard to tell who was narrating until much later into the book. I also liked how a bit more about a few of the characters from the last book was revealed. All this time, Poundcake, a member that was supposedly mute, was a complete mystery as to why he would not speak. In this book, however, it is revealed that he does not speak because of the poor treatment he received from his fellow man before arriving at Camp Haven. I am not too sure about you guys, but I certainly would not be in the mood to talk to people if I went through what he did. Then again, I do have some problems with the teachings from the previous generation that I feel both makes humans lazy in areas they should not be, because one group of people are told to be lazy instead of acknowledging the fact that we all have equal responsibility to get what we want or need, and takes away some of a person’s desires because those teachings create the assumption that one group are criminals, even if somebody in that group is actually the innocent victim lying on the ground. Of course, in that area, the previous generation does not really see anything wrong except for the fact that the future generation lacks any drive to do anything, because they do not acknowledge that they too are lazy, though convenience does play into the laziness of the future generation. Still, that does not change the fact that Poundcake did have a much worse experience than I ever had, so I should be grateful. Another thing that I liked was the fact that the current enemy was not defeated. When I was reading the Divergent series, I was fully expecting the ultimate evil to not be defeated until the third book, but by the time Insurgent ended, that evil person was eliminated and a second evil presented itself. Hopefully, the next book in the series does not go the way Allegiant did though, in that Veronica Roth decided to introduce a new enemy that was supposed to be responsible for everything Tris went through. If it did, I would be very disappointed with how this book ended, due to the fact that the true enemy is already suggested to be right in the midst of humanity. The thing that I liked the most the most though, and somewhat related to what I already talked about, was that Ringer actually had some development to the point where I actually cared about her. When she was originally introduced in the last book, I thought that she was a character that did not really matter too much, just like the others introduced alongside her, so that she could die and I would not even care one bit about her death. Here, however, it is revealed that she had her own issues that caused her to just accept the labels people put on her, and she even figures out something that nobody else did. Yes, in the first book, she did see that everything she and her comrades were told at Camp Haven was a lie, but she never really knew for sure, whereas she had a much better idea of the truth here because of what she experienced. While some would say that her so-called proof was due to circumstantial evidence, it must be said that direct, or solid, evidence is much more flimsy because the only thing that is not circumstantial evidence is eyewitness testimony, as I brought up in my review of Detective Conan episodes 98 & 99 (Japanese count). The only thing left on my mind now though is whether the others that escaped Camp Haven with her figure out the truth or find out that it was just more lies. On the other hand, if it was just further lies, I would be disappointed, because Pandora Hearts is pretty much the only series that I know is long enough to bring everything into question and resolve it. A three-book run is not enough to create that kind of experience. Other than that, nothing really stood out to me as likable. The fact that the enemy has not been defeated and things learned in the previous book are called into question made this book rather decent.

Although I did like book, there are some issues. However, aside from the fact that the author still switches between third person omniscient and first person styles of narration and a few other issues from the previous book that rear their ugly heads in this one, there is only one thing that really bothered me. Throughout much of the book, it seemed like it was Ringer’s time to shine and I really wanted to see everything that she was going through, but the author decided to give focus to the other characters instead of staying with her. While this does work well in a few situations, such as when the Sisters arc from volumes 4 through 6 of A Certain Scientific Railgun were animated in the majority of episodes in A Certain Scientific Railgun S, it does not really work here. If I had to compare this to something, it would probably be similar to how things do not really seem to get that interesting in A Certain Magical Index until Mikoto Misaka becomes involved, even though there is one incident in A Certain Magical Index that follows Kuroko instead of Touma and was interesting, except I still wish I saw Misaka’s side of the ordeal. Now, while it does not do as much damage to the work as the issues from the previous book did to itself, I still wish that it followed Ringer much more that it did. Even though things were not as bad as the last book, the fact that I felt like I wanted to stay with the character that shined is this book did kind of diminish my enjoyment.

Considering that things were not as bad as the last book, and that there was some improvement, this was worth reading. I only recommend this to those that enjoyed the first book, The 5th Wave, and fans of Rick Yancey. As for everyone else, I recommend trying The 5th Wave, before even considering this book, because knowledge of the last one does seem necessary.

What are your thoughts on The Infinite Sea? Did you like or hate it? Was there something that you liked or did like that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.

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