Author: Lori M. Lee
Hardcover: 364 pages
Publisher: Skyscape (March 10, 2015)
Rating: 3.5 stars
The walls of Ninurta keep its citizens safe.
Kai always believed the only danger to the city came from within. Now, with a rebel force threatening the fragile government, the walls have become more of a prison than ever.
To make matters worse, as Avan explores his new identity as an Infinite, Kai struggles to remind him what it means to be human. And she fears her brother, Reev, is involved with the rebels. With the two people she cares about most on opposite sides of a brewing war, Kai will do whatever it takes to bring peace. But she’s lost her power to manipulate the threads of time, and she learns that a civil war might be the beginning of something far worse that will crumble not only Ninurta’s walls but also the entire city.
In this thrilling sequel to Gates of Thread and Stone, Kai must decide how much of her humanity she’s willing to lose to protect the only family she’s ever known.
Reading The Infinite, I found that I had the same problems as I had with Gates of Thread and Stone. Too much was going on and I couldn’t really remember the plot at the end of reading it. There’s something about Lori M Lee writing style that keeps me wanting more, yet at the same time I do not know why. Maybe it has to with her prose that keeps me sucked in to this story and confusing plot. I like The Infinite even though it’s not all that memorable to me.
The Infinite picks off right where the last book left off. Maybe a few months later. Only thing different is that our heroine Kai, is richer than before, playing dress up in beautiful ball gowns (politics) and her powers are completely gone. So, yeah that should make for an interesting plot and story.
Yes and no.
Although, we get fantastic world-building (much more than the first book) and a plethora likable new characters, the book still suffers from middle book syndrome. I honestly don’t know if it was worth it or if there was an actually point to this book. Most of the unanswered questions that were in book one still in my opinion don’t get answered in this one.
Who are the Infinite? What are their purpose?
Plus, what the heck happened to Reev and Avan? It was like they fell off the face of the earth in this book. These two were only in the beginning of the book very briefly. Once Kai went exploring and meeting knew people…BAM! They were gone. Which if you have read the first book you would know how important these two were to Kai. She went on a ass half reckless mission to save her brother Reev for crying out loud.
Confusion to the max.
This is one series that needs to be re-read before diving into the next book. All so you can understand what the heck is happening within the plot.
Secondly, and this is my pet peeve with this story but I’m not buying the whole 17 yr old adviser bit. Sorry not happening. Yes it’s YA and it’s fantasy fiction but still at least be a little bit realistic when it comes to politics. Just because Kai saved the day doesn’t mean she has the maturity to give advice on how to run a country. Especially, when she was only doing it for selfish purposes (saving her brother Reev) without thinking of the consequences or repercussion that might follow.
With that being said, I’m invested in this series. Lori M. Lee has talent as a writer. Can’t take that away from her. Even if this book for so-so for me. Besides, it doesn’t hurt to have the most beautiful and well-crafted books out on the market. So yes I will be buying the next book because their was a killer cliff hanger and I want to see if my questions will finally get answered and how this series will end.
Lori is the author of young adult fantasy novels Gates of Thread and Stone and The Infinite. She has a borderline obsessive fascination with unicorns, is fond of talking in capslock, and loves to write about magic, manipulation, and family. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, kids, and a friendly pitbull.