The first thing that I noticed about this book was how absolutely stunning the cover was. I know, don’t judge a book by its cover and all that, but really, it’s so beautiful. And incredibly fitting for the story, too.
The synopsis of this book promises an awesome thrill ride of a fantasy/science fiction mashup that revolves around a young girl who can enter other worlds that are different branches from her own. I was really curious as to how well the authors of this book were going to make this happen, and I’m pretty impressed, to say the least.
Alicia is a smart girl, and while she doesn’t have too many friends, she has Hafeez. She is also on a variety of medications to deal with an entire garden of mental issues she has been diagnosed with. She gets made fun of in school, and sees a therapist, Jane. Her uncle, Alex, is trying to come up with a treatment that might be able to help her. Her mother doesn’t want to see the same things happen to her that happened to her father, so she is willing to do what she can to make sure it doesn’t. See, Alicia has hallucinations – or at least that’s what everyone else tells her they are. She can see other worlds, different from her own, and is able to jump in and out of these worlds. Hafeez tries to help her, but they both are confused as to what is going on to make much sense of it. Despite the medications and treatments, nothing is helping, and the hallucinations that Alicia is dealing with are getting stronger and more intense all the time.
However, when Alicia’s estranged father shows up at her birthday party, he tells her that everything she has known is true – that she really can enter other worlds. He also tells her that she needs to save a boy, Jax, from one of the worlds she enters – a world that is falling apart.
With the help of Hafeez, Alicia tries to figure out what is going on, including how she can enter this world and save Jax, especially when everyone around her keeps telling her that none of it is real.
“‘The root worlds I see are strange and beautiful, and sometimes they’re dangerous.'”
When secrets are revealed and Alicia gets a good look at what those around her have been hiding, she begins to realize that maybe she can’t trust any of them – maybe she has to trust her father, even if trusting him might put her in danger.
I flew through this book – it was just such a delight to read. It was incredibly fast paced and didn’t have a boring moment in the whole thing. The mixture of fantasy and science fiction was appealing, and those who enjoy those two genres might find this book a great read.
The book does start with Alicia in school, having one of her “hallucinations.” We learn about her, the medications she is on, and what kind of life she has when dealing with these, and it’s really interesting, but it doesn’t take long for the book to switch gears and dive right into the multiple worlds plot. I don’t want to talk too much about what happens, since the book is kind of short (oh I wish it had been longer), and I don’t want to give away any spoilers. In my opinion, The Infinity of You & Me is one of those books that are even more fun when you discover the secrets and watch the story unfold on your own, rather than reading about what happens in a review. I’m saving you that, because it really is quite a tale.
While it does get a little confusing at first, especially when she is jumping from one world to another so quickly, it’s easy to pick up on it once you get an idea for what’s going on. The main world that Alicia spends most of her time in is called The Prime, while the other worlds are different branches. The other worlds all have their own problems, and things aren’t always what they seem.
All in all, this is such an awesome little book! I fell in love with it from the first page – there was none of my usual “take three or four chapters to adjust to a new book” kind of attitude like I have with a lot of books…instead, I was wrapped in the story from the moment I began reading. Alicia’s character is so easy to relate to, and I think Hafeez is probably my favorite. Every character in this book has tons of personality, unlike in other books where they seem to be flat, because a lot of effort is put into making the plot great. The plot and the characters are impressive here.
About the Authors
J.Q. COYLE is the joint pen name of Julianna Baggott and Quinn Dalton. Quinn is an acclaimed writer who has published two short story collections and two novels. Julianna is the author of over twenty novels, including Pure, a New York Times Notable (2012).