I got my hands on the second book of the 5th Wave by Richard Yancey yesterday….and just finished it minutes ago. Ok, so first things first- is it as good as the 5th Wave? Not exactly, but it isn’t bad. Actually, its quite the page turner. What I did find in it that made The Infinite Sea sometimes hard to read is the level of violence had gone up a few notches since the last book. One of the most graphic parts being that the Silencers (the aliens) actually using little toddlers as detonated bombs. Horrible. Terrifying. And really REALLY hard to read.
The Infinite Sea has infinitely more romantic situations then The 5th Wave, which I found to be rather annoying, However, I do understand that this series is written for teenagers, and not adults such as myself, but still. At times, it felt a little insulting to the reader. Here is this really serious moment, when maybe we will actually figure out why the Silencers are decimating humanity and suddenly, everyone is all starry-eyed and making out. Ugh.
At the end of the day, I would still recommend this book to high schoolers, maybe some more mature middle school readers as well. The premise of the series remains enthralling, and really, Rick Yancey is a terrific author.
I am kind of ashamed to say that this is my first Francesca Lia Block novel. I never got around to reading her acclaimed debut novel, Weetzie Bat (even though I grew up in the 80’s and 90’s). Perhaps I will have to place that on my reading list, now that I have read her latest YA novel, Love in the Time of Global Warming.
First things first- I really thought, because of the title, that the story would be a play on one of my all-time favorite reads, Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Not so. Love in the Time of Global Warming is a post-apocalyptic story based loosely on the Odyssey, a story that most of us had to read while in secondary school. Block shifts away from following that story too closely- her protagonist is a girl named Pen, who is on a journey to locate her family, after an earthquake and tsunami have devastated Los Angeles (and most of the United States, we later find out). There are the usual Odyssey characters- a giant cyclops, a conniving witch, faithful companions on the long journey, even a group of lethargic lotus eaters. I won’t give away any more of the book, but I have to admit that it wasn’t exactly what I had envisioned. I enjoyed the main character, but was occasionally thrown off by the almost fanciful and romantic nature of Block’s writing style. However, I was pleasantly surprised by an interesting twist of Pen’ s romantic interest’s character, but I won’t say anymore about that. You’ve just got to read this highly entertaining (and rather short!) book about the end of the world – Homer-style.