The book opens with a terrifying scene where the alien’s latest plan catches a group of humans unaware, using the most innocent as a weapon. Cassie, her brother and her crew have escaped the aliens with the help of Evan Walker. They are now holed up in an abandoned hotel. Evan made his escape as well. But he is found by someone he would rather not see, another alien posing as a human he knows all too well. Badly injured, he has to get away from Grace, the other alien who suspects he might be a traitor and get back to Cassie. Evan’s relationship with Grace is one of the more interesting aspects of the book. They both realized what they really were when they met at a fair. The two knew what was to come and had a strange sort of relationship which made them both feel less alone. This middle book in the trilogy examines how love for another can make a person vulnerable. I think this is the main theme of book 2. We see it over and over again between Teacup, Razor and Ringer, who is a main character in this story. Ringer is captured and Vosch tries to “change” her to become more like them. This process is very interesting and is a large chunk of the book. The element of risk on the alien’s part is another strong theme in the book. Then a huge plot bomb is dropped that could change everything we know so far. The Infinite Sea was a very satisfying read. I can’t wait for the conclusion!
Some ideas for discussing with teens:
Discuss the opening scene and what that predicts for the rest of the book.
Talk about Zombie and Ringers conversation about things getting back to normal when there is a tardy bell. pg. 6
Discuss when Ringer says to herself, “I don’t panic. I don’t bolt like a frightened gazelle. I am more than the sum of my fear.” pg. 15
Discuss Evan’s relationship with Grace. How are they different? How do they view humanity differently?
Discuss Poundcake’s back story.
How has Sam changed since The 5th Wave?
Discuss Ringer’s transformation and her relationship with Razor.
Discuss this passage about Ringer: “After my father died, I built a fortress safe and strong to last a thousand years. A mighty stronghold that crumbles with a kiss.” pg. 276
Discuss Vincit qui patitur.
Discuss the riddle of the rocks.
Discuss this passage about love. Ringer: “Love is the only thing in the universe that’s unpredictable.” Vosch: “Love’s trajectory is entirely predictable.”
Why do you think Vosch does what he does now that you know the truth about what he really is?