There are three things Kori knows for sure about her life:
One: Her army general dad is insanely overprotective.
Two: The guy he sent to watch her, Cade, is way too good-looking.
Three: Everything she knew was a lie.
Now there are three things Kori never knew about her life:
One: There’s a device that allows her to jump dimensions.
Two: Cade’s got a lethal secret.
Three: Someone wants her dead.
***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Entangled:Teen
Infinity is only my second Jus Accardo book ever-my first was Rules of Survival, which I absolutely loved. So when I saw a new YA Jus Accardo book, naturally I picked it up. Infinity is made of suspense and mystery. There are secrets and technologies so far advanced and so intricate that it’s possible to carry revenge like a sword through unlimited versions of reality. That’s pretty epic.
The book takes place over a handful of days as Cade, Kori, and Noah race to meet the demands of a deranged, but remarkably human and heartbroken psychopath. The stakes are high. Death is imminent. The situation dire…and yet, despite taking place over such a short span of time, the pacing was pretty slow. Some of the characters seem to leisurely stroll through the story even though they should be speeding along. The urgency, for most of the book was lacking. Yes, there are some sections that were full of that adrenaline rush of fear and uncertainty as they desperately try to escape from capture, but most of the time, it felt like young people hanging out, sorting through their feelings, and eating a lot of snack food.
Kori’s character is intriguing. She’s a rebel, a vandal, and an artist painting out her love for her mother anywhere she can. She’s brave, fierce, and knows how to defend herself, thanks to her life under the critical gaze of her military father and all of their moves. Kori doesn’t take anyone talking down to her and is quick to fight. She cares deeply. She’s conflicted, and makes sacrifices that take tons of courage. She’s definitely a heroine I can get behind.
The tragedy that happened on the other Earth is heartbreaking and unexpected. It’s easy to see how confusing it can be facing another version of the man or woman you loved in another Earth dimension. The rage and thirst for vengeance is strong, but what makes it work is how potent the villain’s sense of betrayal and loss is. You’ll feel every tragic turn.
Kori and Cade’s push and pull attraction was mild. While the romance was a huge part of this story, the fire was minimal.
Noah was a surprising and deep character. He pushes because he can’t afford to feel. He can’t show that he cares too much because it’s too risky. There’s so much beneath the surface that you’ll want to know him-the real guy behind the hard exterior.
Living through this new nightmare is cathartic for Kori. The loss of her mother is a mark on her soul that she can’t and doesn’t want to escape. Her memory is everything. So when these other Earth reality people come and talk about that version of her mother, they’re like new pieces and memories come to life. Her mother is alive again and she’s learning. Even if it’s not her mother of her Earth, she’s healing through these stories.
Overall, the premise was great, the characters complex, the pace was a tad slow, and the romance up and down.