Let ‘The Last Star’ Speculation Begin!

Do you know what you’ll be doing May 24th? Because I know I, for one, will be wishing that I could spend the entire day reading the final book in Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave series, The Last Star. Probably sitting at my desk at work, trying not to scroll through Goodreads reviews for fear of potential spoilers, waiting impatiently for my chance to pick up The Last Star and dive right in.

If you’ve read The 5th Wave and its follow-up, The Infinite Sea, you understand why I’m antsy. This is a high stakes series. Aliens are taking over the earth, but a small group of survivors remains, and no one knows why the aliens haven’t just wiped out the whole planet. The stakes are high, and there are still so many questions about these aliens’ intentions and the fate of our lovely band of main characters, Cassie, Zombie, Ringer and Evan.

I’m honestly at a bit of a loss in terms of guessing how this series will play out. I have all the faith in the world in Yancey’s planning abilities and have no doubt that he will wrap up the series wonderfully, but man…how does a band of teenagers (albeit super tough ones) save the earth from aliens? I don’t expect a convenient happy ending where these kids convince the aliens to leave them alone by proving how wonderful humanity truly can be.

But I also don’t see this series ending on a tragedy either. The message throughout the first two books was hope, so I do think one way or another there will be a resolution that doesn’t end in the decimation of the human race. So far there have been a considerable amount of plot twists in the series, so I expect there to be a major one in The Last Star, but what will it be? My running theory is that maybe these aliens who we thought were responsible for all the terrible things in the first couple of books either aren’t truly the ringmaster of the destruction. But then who is?

Let us know your theories in the comments, and be sure to check out The Last Star when it hits stores (and e-readers) on May 24th!

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Re-read Rick Yancey’s ‘The Infinite Sea’ for a Chance to Win ‘5th Wave’ Swag!

Re-read Rick Yancey’s ‘The Infinite Sea’ for a Chance to Win ‘5th Wave’ Swag!It is now officially less than three months until the final book in Rick Yancey’s 5th Wave trilogy, The Last Star, hits shelves! What if I told you that you could refresh your memory on the story and pick up some amazing prizes by participating in the March read-along of book two, The Infinite Sea? I mean, if you’re like me you were going to re-read The Infinite Sea anyway, so why not enter to win some cool stuff in the process?

Click here to enter The Infinite Sea read-along sweepstakes for a chance to win signed copies of all three books in The 5th Wave series and phone call with author Rick Yancey.

The Last Star will be available on May 24th. What questions are you most looking forward to having answered?

 

Book Review: ‘The Infinite Sea’ (The Fifth Wave #2) by Rick Yancey

infinite-seaThe 5th Wave, Rick Yancey’s post-apocalyptic thriller about an alien invasion of earth and the children trying to survive it, was one of my favorite reads of 2012. After what seemed like a very long wait (probably thanks, in large part, to The 5th Wave’s cliffhanger ending), fans of the first book can finally find out what happens next with the release of book two in the series, The Infinite Sea.

Following a similar format to the first book, Yancey split the story into the perspectives of multiple characters – some are characters who narrated the first book and some are new, and Yancey does a fantastic job of distinguishing their perspectives. And, much like the first book, The Infinite Sea also weaves together the stories of characters who are not necessarily together, but whose actions impact each other. Sometimes this setup functions to give readers “the big picture,” other times it provides unexpected twists. Either way, it is executed fantastically – it keeps the story moving at a zippy pace and is incredibly effective for building suspense.

There’s not a lot I can say about the plot of The Infinite Sea without spoiling it. I will say that the action picks up pretty much right where it left off, so you don’t have to wait long to find out the fate of the characters (including Evan). While the first book was dedicated to a great deal of exposition mixed in with the “action,” there isn’t a need for it here so most chapters involve clear forward movement in the plot. There are a few from a new narrator (but a character readers will be familiar with) that are flashbacks; initially they seem a bit out of place but of course ultimately they all make sense. See above paragraph on Yancey’s masterful planning abilities.

I’ll also spill that Cassie is again one of the “main” characters in The Infinite Sea, which was a relief for me because she was my favorite point of view in the first book and her familiar voice is a welcome anchor in a story where you’re never really sure what to believe. Which brings me to another point – The Infinite Sea has plenty of action and a few interesting twists, but it doesn’t bring the major revelations quite as quickly as the first book. It does, however, smack you with a pretty massive one toward the end that was enough to satiate my need for answers.

It did take me a little longer to fully invest in this story compared with the first book; it takes time to establish direction. On top of that, the first section of the book comes from a new perspective (Ringer’s), and I just didn’t find her point of view quite as engaging as some of the others. There are also a few small “middle book problems” here – some of the action isn’t totally necessary and feels a bit like filler. Really entertaining filler, but filler nonetheless. These were minor issues, but admittedly they did take my level of enjoyment down a notch from “love” to “really like.”

Still, though, The Infinite Sea does an amazing job of setting up for a thrilling final book. The premise of the story enables Yancey to put a unique spin on a lot of timeless themes. This series really stands out amongst many of its YA peers simply because of its creative spin on the arguably overused dystopian genre combined with its clear endgame – I’m confident Yancey knows where his story is ending and has carefully engineered his plot and characters to fit that, and I can’t wait to see what he has planned for the final book.

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