Cover Reveal: Rick Yancey’s ‘The Infinite Sea’

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The cover for the second book in Rick Yancey’s 5th wave series, The Infinite Sea, has just been revealed by USA Today!

Rick was also Interviewed by USA Today:


Q. Overall, what can you tease about the sequel?

A. It will follow the same core structurally as the first book in that it will be a story told from different points of view. (Ben’s fellow soldier) Ringer takes on a much more major role in the second book. And if readers thought Cassie was kick-ass, she makes Cassie look like a Girl Scout.
We’ll meet some new characters, and we’ll discover a lot of the characters in the first book may not actually be the way (they seem to be). There still are some things that are hidden and will be revealed — there’s one major twist, and this one I don’t think anybody sees coming.

The question I get from a lot of readers is what happened to Evan Walker at the end of the first book: Is he alive or dead? That question will be answered in the second book.

Q. How quickly does The Infinite Sea pick up from the end of The 5th Wave?

A. It’s about two or three weeks later, dead of winter. One of the characters realizes that the timing of the attacks was extremely important. By the time the third wave was over, you have no electricity, society has been ripped apart and scattered, and now deep winter sets in. They’re using weather itself as a weapon.


Q. Cassie’s been reunited with her brother, but will she still be hanging with Ben after running into him at the end of the first novel?

A. Well, love triangles, love triangles… My feeling with Cassie at the end is it was a weird juxtaposition between the person that she was before all this happened, and what she became during the course of it.

What was so fun for me for that final scene in the first book was she remembers the kid from the middle-school bus, the all-American boy who had everything, and now she sees him with completely different eyes. That’s an interesting thing that will be explored further, this idea of are some things in the past permanently lost because of what’s happened to us.

Q. How about the Others?

A. We’ll find out more about them. We get some hints at the ultimate goal. Keep in mind, this book is not told from the point of view of the aliens — it’s told from the point of view of people who are 18 years and younger, who are making guesses about what exactly is going on.

In the second book and especially the third book, the full import — what they are, where they are and what’s going on — will obviously be revealed.

Q. Did you seed some hints at what fans will read in the cover of The Infinite Sea?

A. I love this cover because it takes themes or motifs from the first book that will carry through on this one and the third one, too. They have the negative image of the owl on the first book, and there is a negative image of an owl on the second cover — instead of being behind that solitary figure, it’s actually in front of them and reflected in that watery surface.

The first cover was in the woods and you see a sea in the distance. In this one, it’s more of an interior, where it’s almost like a tunnel, which is a little bit of a teaser of the second book.

Q. Why did you decide to call the second book The Infinite Sea?

A. I really kill myself on titles, although The 5th Wave seems like an obvious title, doesn’t it? You don’t know how long that took me.
There’s a section in the first book called “The Infinite Sea” and it’s referencing that moment — which is one of my favorites in the first book — when Cassie has finally reached the safe room where somewhere in that room is Sam. She’s wandering through it and seeing all of these kids looking up at her, and she imagines the walls of that room spreading to infinity filled with billions of faces of children. She calls it “an infinite sea of upturned faces.”

I wouldn’t call it a wave, but there’s one particularly nasty thing that the Others have decided to do during this winter season after the first 4 1/2 waves have rolled out that involves children. The title harkens back to (Cassie’s) feelings of “They are my responsibility now, not just my little brother.”


Q. Evan is the one Other people understand a little bit — and who doesn’t seem to be bent on worldwide annihilation. Will we get to know other Others?

A. There’s one you’ve already met. You get a lot more Vosch in the second book.
I read a very cool interview with an author once, and he said, “To have a really successful book or series, always be looking over the shoulder of your villain. Keep your villain more in it.” That’s great advice.
I’ve always looked at the first book as a setup for the payoff of the next two, where we get to meet everybody and see the different relationships and introduce the concept itself of not-your-grandma’s alien invasion. It’s something completely different.

Q. For those who really loved The 5th Wave, what will surprise them the most about where you go in the sequel?

They will be absolutely shocked — shocked — by Evan’s fate.

Q. British filmmaker J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed) has signed on to be the 5th Wave director. Any details you want to spill in terms of actors in the movie?

A. There will be casting in the next couple of weeks. Apparently everybody’s just crazy about the script, including the two leads. The scriptwriter actually is Susannah Grant, who wrote Erin Brockovich. I haven’t seen the script yet because I keep waiting for a version that won’t make me cry.

The Infinite Sea is due out in stores on September 16th.

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