Audiobook Review: The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

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Audiobook Review: The Infinite Sea by Rick YanceyThe Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
Narrator: Ben Yannette, Phoebe Strole
Length: 8 hrs, 13 mins
Series: The 5th Wave #2
Published by Penguin Audio on September 16, 2014
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Romance, Science Fiction
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

Let me be up front about this: I wasn’t a big fan of The 5th Wave. Though I by no means think it’s entirely terrible, I had a lot of serious issues with it. I read The Infinite Sea anyway, not really expecting to like it. If that bothers you, kindly depart and go elsewhere. All I can really say is that I was curious about where the series was going. I also hoped that a switch to the audiobook format would take care of some of my issues from the first book. Well, I would say that, for most, The Infinite Sea will be pretty even in quality with The 5th Wave, as it was for me

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And yet I still make the mistake.

Switching to the audiobook did help a lot in some ways. The story is a fast-paced one, as was the first, and more plot-focused than character. As such, the audio helped me engage with the characters more than I did the first time around.  For all that I wasn’t loving this book at any point, the audiobook was a pleasure to listen to, and I got through it really quickly.

Oddly, though, the narration didn’t help as much as I thought it might. My biggest issue with The 5th Wave, I think, was the way the multiple POVs were done; it took me ages to figure out that I’d swapped from Cassie to Ben, because there was no cue, either in the chapter heading or the narration, that the reader had jumped heads. This time, I at least knew that would be happening, but there still was not clear marker between perspectives. Every time the POV switched, I had to puzzle out whose head I was in now. This time, the POVs were, from what I remember, all first person: Ringer, Cassie, Zombie, Poundcake, and Evan. Though there are more male POVs, the girls do the bulk of the narrating. The audiobook should have really helped me with the narration, but there were only two narrators for five characters, and they didn’t really change up their narration style for the different POVs.

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The thing that continues to get me about the narration is that, even in audiobook format, it doesn’t really seem to fit the characters. Sometimes the voice would be awesome, I’d be getting into the book, and then BOOM I’d get run over by the metaphor train. The character would be talking believably like a teen, and then suddenly they would start spouting off like a poet. It’s like the characters sometimes have to take a backseat so that meaningful and smart-sounding quotes can be said. However, to a character reader like me, it ruins everything because I no longer have a sense of who anyone is, as they take a backseat to the message and language.

The other big problem I had with the writing was how repetitive it was. That infinite sea from the title comes up over and over, just in case you missed its import. Also, I’ll be happy not to hear the word “enhanced” again for a while; View Spoiler ». This sort of repetition makes me feel like the author doesn’t trust me to understand the book without being hit over the head.

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A big plus of The Infinite Sea is that Ringer becomes the main character. I like Ringer much more than I like Cassie. Well, I liked Ringer much more than I like Cassie. Basically the same exact thing happened here as in The 5th Wave. Ringer starts out this complete badass, but then she gets caught up in a shitty romance and becomes less compelling for me. The circumstances are better than in book one, but I’m still frustrated. By the end of the book, the only characters I’m sure I still like is Zombie.

The plot continues to be entertaining. I mean, it’s being made into a movie, and this is very much the sort of story that will lend itself very well to film. In the print version, I might have struggled a bit, because there’s not much of an over-arching arc, but it wasn’t really a problem on the audiobook. The twists, at least, have gotten much better in The Infinite Sea: View Spoiler ».

At this point, I’m really not sure what Yancey’s doing with these romances. Either it’s all an elaborate set up to do the unusual and surprise the audience with the heroine turning down the unhealthy ship or all of the romances really are this awful. This time around, I did start shipping Ringer’s romance. The game that he created to help cheer her up was really cute, and they argued a bunch, which always gets me. Just as the ship was about to chug out of the dock, though, I climbed back off. View Spoiler »

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We can officially add this to the list of series I just can’t quit, since, though once again I’m not that impressed, I know without a doubt that I’ll be back for book three. I just really want to know if he’s for serious with these romances.

Tl;dr – Review in a GIFfy:

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And why am I going to do it again?

6 responses to “Audiobook Review: The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey”

  1. Ew Stockholm Syndrome ships. No no no. I hope he’s joking, but I bet he isn’t. From book one I didn’t get the sense that he knew what to do with a romance. It’s like he just stuck to Twilight norms and yeah ew no.

    Your spoiler about the aliens confuses me. BUT HA, I won’t fall into the trap of reading this, no sir.
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    • Christina Franke says:

      I just. Like I will finish this series because I want to know if he’s really sticking with this. Maybe he’ll shove Ben and Cassie together in the last one. The romance is so bad that I’m not even mad at it anymore, because it’s hilaribad.

      The spoiler was actually a good plot twist. Brava. But yeah, don’t read it. I’m sure I’ll put spoiler tags in my review of the last book too.

  2. Hahah I love your reviewing style. I know what you mean about repetitive words. I usually read books in one or two sittings, so I really notice when words are repeated. I judge the author and the editor so hard when it comes to that. Like, use a thesaurus people. They are free online.
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Awww, thank you! Repetition just comes across as so heavy-handed. I WONDER IF THIS WILL BE IMPORTANT. With the infinite sea bit, it mostly just felt like he was really impressed with himself.

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  4. I haven’t read this one yet–even though I own it–because I’ve heard from a few people that I often share recs with that it was lackluster compared to the first one. BUT, I totally read the Spoiler #2 & so now I HAVE to read this to find out how/what/why/huh that even happened. Hahahahaha.

    I’m hoping that the Spoiler #2 twist outshines the repetition thing for me because yes, repetition is a big annoyance for me too. *whispers* I thought I was the only one.
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