3 out of 4 stars
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It's 2050; humans have evolved beyond planet Earth, and life is now possible on other Infinits. Residents of one Infinit can travel to another through ever-moving waves that look just like picture frames. However, the unity the galaxies have enjoyed over the years is about to be upset by one man. The onus is on Sam to live up to her purpose and save the last bridge from obliteration. But first, she has to retrieve her medallion and rescue the woman that raised her.
Infinit is an intergalactic sci-fi novel by Mariia Nova. Its futuristic plot is relayed in the third person and peppered with colourful and engaging illustrations that fuel the imagination and feed the eyes.
As a nature lover, I appreciate that Nova incorporated lots of nature into the book's plot. The trees and wondrous creatures she described evoked a sense of wonder and serenity in me. In addition, her lucid narration made me feel like a part of the characters and not many writers can do that.
I have a few complaints about this work, though. The ending is a cliffhanger. So I didn't quite get the climax I expected from the pent-up suspense, and there isn't any indication that there is a sequel in the works. Also, the main plot has some holes. The connection between Sam's mom's demise and Sam ending up in another Infinit wasn't clarified. Again, I wonder why Skull didn't seem concerned about his daughter's whereabouts all the while.
Overall, I rate it 3 out of 4 stars. It was a decent read. It's well laid out, and the editing reeks of mastery. The illustrations are clear and engaging as well. Still, I knocked off a star partly because of the issues I mentioned above. Secondly, I think the author sacrificed depth for bulk. When I read fiction, I'm all about the characters. How strong are they? How realistic are they? So I need background information to become emotionally invested in them. Sadly, the backstories of most characters in this book are too vague for me, and I need them solid to feel connected. I tried, but one can't force chemistry. A glint here and a flashback there just aren't enough.
That being said, intergalactic science fiction buffs will adore this book. It is a coming-of-age story and will appeal to young adults, but mature readers will enjoy it too. Besides a few violent scenes, the content and language are clean.
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