I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Infinite by Jodi Meadows
Also by this author: The Orphan Queen, The Mirror King
Series: Newsoul #3
Published by HarperCollins on 2014-01-28
Genres: Emotions & Feelings, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
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The stunning conclusion to the Incarnate trilogy, a fantasy series about a girl who is the first new soul born into a society where everyone else has been reborn hundreds of times.Ana knows that soon life in Heart will be at risk so she escapes with her friends, seeking answers and allies to stop Janan's ascension and keep the other Newsouls safe. But only she knows the true cost of reincarnation and the dangers she'll encounter if she returns to stop him once and for all.Romantic and action-filled, the rich world of Infinite is perfect for fans of epic fantasy like Graceling by Kristin Cashore and The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, while Ana's courage to expose the cracks in society and fight for what is right is ideal for fans of dystopian novels.
I really love that feeling of smug accomplishment I get when I finish a series. Y’all, I just finished another series in 2014, another feather in my cap! The Newsoul trilogy by Jodi Meadows ends with Infinite. Personally, I think that Infinite is the perfect send off for Ana, Dossam, Stef, Sarit and all the characters we’ve come to know and love or hate in this series. I want to warn you right now that in talking about Infinite I am sure that I will spoil the previous books in Meadows’s trilogy, so calm down and check out Incarnate and Asunder first and then come back to this review.
Infinite picks up where Asunder leaves off. Ana is gathering people who support newsouls and who are against Deboral in order to formulate a resistance. Together, these people decide to exile themselves from Heart as it’s not safe anymore, considering that all council members who were supportive of newsouls were assassinated. The book does not stop there, or rather Ana does not stop there. Instead, she begins plotting the demise of Janan, as if he ascends on Soul Night, all will be lost and the world will be destroyed in a rain of ashes and fire. With an army of slyph on her side, Ana begins her monumental task — from making more of Menehem’s poison to enlisting the help of some unlikely allies. Will she succeed? You’ll have to read Infinite to find out. What I can tell you is that this book is packed with action and drama.
So, I feel like as a character, Ana has come full circle. I remember starting Incarnate and Ana feeling like she was a nosoul. I remember she could not believe that THE Dossam would be into her. I remember she just didn’t seem to have confidence. Enter Infinite where now Ana is a leader. She’s found her voice. She does things that test the bounds and limits of courage. Don’t get me wrong, Ana still has moments of vulnerability, but I guess I just feel like she’s really matured int this book. I feel like she’s finally come into her own, even though she’s only got one lifetime unlike all the other characters. I really enjoyed Ana’s point of view this time around and will be sorry to not have more time with her as a reader.
Yet, straight up I am going to tell you that even though I liked the character of Ana, she’s not the main attraction to Infinite by Jodi Meadows for me. Oh no. That honor belongs to the fairytale creatures and the world building. For real, at first when I read Incarnate it was kind of hard for me to get a grasp on this world. Now, however, I am fully immersed. I am so impressed with how rich it is. I am impressed with how much Meadows has put into her world building. From sylphs who have been cursed by the phoenixes to dragons who have a very specific fear to rocs and trolls to this whole Janan religion to the topography and geography, I just really loved the world of the Newsoul trilogy. It’s just so creative and awesome and I want a map like right this second. I am glad that much of this book took us outside of Heart and explored different parts of Meadows’ Newsoul world.
Of course I am saving the best element of Infinite for last. AND THAT IS THE ROMANCE. Yes you guys, there is kissing. There’s also a lot of drama and hurt feelings and intimacy and just, ahhhh, moments of wanting to be like, yo characters, communicate it out please. Sam and Ana go through some really serious things together and while occasionally that drives a wedge between them, a super annoying wedge, it works out. I really loved how the kissing and the fighting and the adult moments played out. Y’all, this is a love for the ages, to go all weird on you. It’s awesome. If you’re that type who is all about swoons, you should get your hands on The Newsoul trilogy by Jodi Meadows.