The Infinite

23746099by Lori M. Lee
YA Fantasy
2 of 5 stars
sequel to Gates of Thread and Stone

I really wanted to like this book. Gates of Thread and Stone dragged a little for me, but I liked the concept of the Infinite beings interacting in a post-apocalyptic world, and Kai was a driven protagonist even if I didn’t always agree with her feelings or decisions. I especially loved how she was learning to use her powers over the threads of time, and I really wanted to see where that was going.

Unfortunately, the first half of this book meandered so much I almost didn’t finish it. In the previous novel, Kai’s motivation to find her brother led the story, but this time the characters were all so confused by the chaos from the last book that it takes them about 200 pages to find their feet in this one. Similar to a few other fantasy trilogies in the last couple of years, Kai spends the majority of this book without her powers, which was especially frustrating when the reason for that is revealed.

I got the impression before that although there are “seventy Infinite” beings in this world that only about twenty of them were named, and half of that figured into the actual plot, and I’m still leaning toward that opinion. This world still feels very fragile when you dig into it.

Minor spoilers ahead:

Any relationships between characters from the previous book were in flux now. No romantic relationship (which doesn’t bother me, but it might surprise other readers who were rooting for it in the last book), her brother Reev won’t talk to her, and the one female friend she makes of course has to betray her. Again, with flimsy motivations behind all of this, it made the first two-thirds of the book frustrating.

Ultimately, I felt like I was just getting through it for a couple new pieces of information, and now I’ll have to wait for the next one in order to solve the mystery of Kai’s identity and her powers.

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Similar reads:

  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth – This has similar pacing and set up for a climactic finish, the main difference being that it’s told in present tense. The main theme is Tris struggling with her guilt and how she can fix her world, which is a strong presence in The Infinite as well.
  • Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo – Another sequel in a trilogy where the heroine struggles with accepting her powers and her destiny. Same style and tone, but the pacing is quicker and the characters are more engaging.
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer – Book three in a quartet of steampunk/sci-fi retellings of fairy tales. This one features Rapunzel, although the other characters get screen time too. If you like a gradual set-up before the finale, this would probably be a good series for you. This book is the last stretch of character development before they take on the tyrannical queen. See my review here.
  • Predator’s Gold by Philip Reeve – Second in a quartet about a futuristic Earth where cities are mobile and “eat” each other (municipal darwinism). I recall the character motivations being murky at times, but this is a sweeping sci-fi epic with more solid world-building.

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