My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Here’s another book where I’m in the minority. Everyone is raving about this and I feel like I missed something. I just didn’t think it was a worthy follow-up to The Fifth Wave.
A lot of the words in this book just seemed… Kind of EXTRA. The overall story was good, but it was like Yancey was trying to trick me into thinking this book was some kind of deep, poignant, earth-shattering narrative by stringing a bunch of pretty words together.
It seemed like it was trying too hard. The redundant I am humanity. I am humanity. etc. etc. was silly to me. All of the emo psycho-babble and flowery descriptions confused the crap out of me. I got lost in the words. I genuinely feel like I need to re-read this book because I’m not sure I fully grasp what happened in it- especially what went down with Ringer and Razor. WTF was that BS?- because there were so many unnecessary words in it that I’m not sure I properly decoded them. It was like I was reading 1 paragraph, throwing out the words that were just there to be pretty, and then reprocessing. It was exhausting.
After you get rid of all of the rambling pretty words, I feel like very little actually happened in this novel. At just 300 pages, the book could have easily summed everything it need to up on 200.
Overall, I found this to be a very weak second installment to the trilogy. While, I’ll definitely read the third, I’m not overly excited about it. I’ll read it when I get around to it because I’m not quite certain it won’t be a total let down 🙁