Review: Infinite by Jodi Meadows

InfiniteInfinite
by Jodi Meadows
Series: Newsoul #3
Published: 28 January 2014
Katherine Tegen Books, Hardcover, 418 pages
Source: Library

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DESTRUCTION
The Year of Souls begins with an earthquake—an alarming rumble from deep within the earth—and it’s only the first of greater dangers to come. The Range caldera is preparing to erupt. Ana knows that as Soul Night approaches, everything near Heart will be at risk.

FLIGHT
Ana’s exile is frightening, but it may also be fortuitous, especially if she can convince her friends to flee Heart and Range with her. They’ll go north, seeking answers and allies to stop Janan’s ascension. And with any luck, the newsouls will be safe from harm’s reach.

CHOICE
The oldsouls might have forgotten the choice they made to give themselves limitless lifetimes, but Ana knows the true cost of reincarnation. What she doesn’t know is whether she’ll have the chance to finish this one sweet life with Sam, especially if she returns to Heart to stop Janan once and for all.

With gorgeous romance and thrilling action, the final book in the Incarnate trilogy offers a brilliant conclusion to the compelling questions of this fascinating world, where one new girl is the key to the lives of millions.

Rating: ★★★½

On one hand, Infinite wasn’t unenjoyable but on the other hand, it was rather bland. Before going any further with this review, I will give fair warning that while reading this, I’d been extremely busy at school and pretty distracted. Therefore, that might have hindered my reading experience and overall perception of this.

I thoroughly loved both Incarnate and Asunder, mentioning in both my reviews Meadows’s beautifully lyrical writing style. However, in Infinite, the writing seemed a lot less spectacular as compared to that in the previous two novels. There was an almost overwhelming amount of telling instead of showing that made the story much less compelling despite having the most action in the trilogy.

If this had not been the conclusion of the trilogy, I might’ve given it a higher rating but since it is, I found the ending slightly lackluster. Although the mysteries surrounding Heart, Janan and phoenixes were resolved, the explanations seemed too vague and glossed over to be truly satisfying.

On the bright side, the characters shined even brighter than they did in the predecessors, and that’s really saying something! Ana’s journey through the Newsoul trilogy was far from a stroll in the park. She went from a damaged, lonely girl who believed she was soulless and undeserving of love to a brave champion for not only her loved ones but those who despise her too. Meadows showed how Ana’s newfound courage and confidence might affect her selfless nature and regardless that it meant Ana was not as kind (though still very kind as compared to your average human) as she had been before, it was a realistic and believable change.

As Ana’s development took center stage, her relationship with Sam became more of an extra in the background. I do wish the romantic aspect could’ve received a little more attention here because when lined up beside Incarnate and Asunder, the amour in Infinite do leave much to be desired. All the same, it was understandable as there really was a lot to wrap up in this finale, character, plot and world-building-wise.

Moving on to the direction the plot took, I thoroughly loved the thrilling adventure in this book, albeit the outcome being slightly predictable. Yes, you will get to see plenty of the world outside of Range (where the trilogy was set for the past two books) and also discover the story of the world before Janan had been imprisoned. It nearly changed my whole perspective of the trilogy because I wasn’t sure if the explanation given had been the best; it left a little too many loose ends untied.

The actual conclusion, however, was pretty epic, though abrupt. I was pretty emotionally moved (who am I kidding, I’m almost always emotionally moved or an emotional wreck when it comes to endings) and Meadows unquestionably finished the Newsoul trilogy with a bang.

All in all, Infinite was pretty good, with the exception of shaky world-building and being a little on the boring side, at least until the end. Although I would’ve liked my heart to be wrecked a little more due to my great love for Incarnate and AsunderInfinite was still pleasing enough to somewhat do the trilogy justice. I’ll definitely still be recommending this trilogy to many people but this okay-ish finale might dim my enthusiasm a little. Anyway, the far-from-the-best ending aside, the Newsoul trilogy is undoubtedly a unique one in my opinion and I absolutely look forward to any of Meadows’s future works!

Adelena

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