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Review 3.5 rounded up to 4*
Having previously read The 5th Wave, I was looking forward to continuing the series. I decided to download this in audiobook format, having listened to book one in this way.
This audio book is again narrated by Phoebe Strole. However, she is joined by Ben Yannette this time instead of Brandon Espinoza. They both did a wonderful job in bringing the story and the characters to life. Their voices were lovely to listen to. I would definitely consider listening to other books narrated by them.
Cassie (short for Cassiopeia) Sullivan is a wonderful character. I really liked her, she has a lot of spirit and determination. She seems to have grown up some in this book and is not as whiny or full of angst.
Ben "Zombie" Parish is another wonderful character. I really liked him from the beginning. He is quite bright and determined, not to mention charming. Still injured from Ringer's bullet, he is determined to get everyone to safety, though fighting infection.
Ringer is still an enigma to me. I can't seem to figure her out at all. Is she a friend or a foe? Her actions in a certain situation had me scratching my head.
This book has a completely different tone to the first one. Notably, it is no longer told through the eyes of only Cassie, Ben, Sammie and Evan, now Ringer has a say and I must admit that I found this a little confusing, as she seems to have become the main character in this book. Cassie and co are relegated slightly into the background for more than half the story, which I found a little disconcerting, though Evan has more page time, which I enjoyed. There is also a new character introduced, though I am not sure if she added anything to the story apart from a little backstory/history with Evan and as a threat to the group. I loved meeting Poundcake and Dumbo again, and getting to know a little more of their history, especially Poundcake. His tale is not a happy one but, I found him to be exceptionally brave; especially near the end.
For me, the story is bogged down with metaphors about the title and is lacking in the intensity/danger that made The 5th Wave so exciting. There is even less romance too, as Evan and Cassie are separate for most of the book. There are several twists that surprised me though, so it wasn't all bad. I enjoyed the story, but felt disappointed that it didn't grab me as much. Sequels are tricky. They can either exceed the original book, or disappoint a reader. I had high hopes about this book but, unfortunately, it didn't meet them. I am hoping that the third book in the series will be more cohesive and less confusing.
Rick Yancey has written an exciting, fast paced dystopian series that has kept me hooked from beginning to end. I love his fast pace writing style. However, the flow of the story was not as wonderful as the first book and seemed confusing at times. Nevertheless, I will definitely read more books by this author in the future.
I highly recommend this book if you love YA dystopian novels like Divergent and The Hunger Games, or TV series like Fallen Skies. - Lynn Worton
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I expected more from this book after throughly enjoying the first one. I found that very little happened in it, it felt almost like a filler of some sorts with a similar love interest story as the first one. It also reflects the trend of young adult novels of our time, violence and the merciless killing off of characters. While I guess that this can add realism to the narrative it's now so part of this mode of literature that I expect it. The book is, however, still easy to listen to and the narration is excellent. After the first book I feel a bit disloyal not raving about it, and I might have been in the wrong mind-frame so if you enjoyed the first one I'd give the second a try, but I'm not going to try the 3rd in the series.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I'm not sure if these books will be a trilogy (or if there will be more) but this one felt like it was doing a lot of building up to the next book. Not only that, but it was very confusing. The author seemed to be reneging on a lot of the things established in the first book. Maybe these will be explained in the next book, but I was left frustrated and as if I wasn't getting it. I also struggled with the narration from the new characters, as I felt Cassies narration was much better. Anyway, after reading the next book, this one might make more sense. Until then, I'm not sure...
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
who can you trust? noone. not even yourself.
ringer, zombie, Cassie and walker are all back to keep the story alive