Infinite by Jodi Meadows
Series: Newsoul #3
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on January 28th, 2014
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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.
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.
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.
The perfect ending to Ana’s story, Infinite was both satisfying and breathtaking, and a definite improvement over the first two books in the trilogy. While the beginning was a little chaotic as the plot meandered without a sense of direction, Infinite provided us with the much needed answers about life before Range, Janan’s quest for immortality, and the truth behind the Sylph’s existence. With a romance I could finally ship, the character growth I have wanted since Incarnate and a plot that (mostly) didn’t get sidetracked, Infinite is a great conclusion to an imaginative series!
One of the most frustrating things from both Incarnate and Asunder was the vagueness surrounding any details about Janan, immortality, reincarnation and the history of Range. While a sense of vagueness remained in Infinite, mostly due to the complex history of Range’s inhabitants, the answer’s we’ve been waiting for since day one are finally given! Without spoiling too much, I’ll say that I really enjoyed learning about previous civilizations and seeing what a humbling experience it was for the Old Souls. Considering their treatment of poor Ana, deeming her useless to their society since she didn’t have years of experience with which to contribute, it was almost ironic that they had forgotten that, they too, were once New Souls. While it was slightly heartbreaking to see them come to the realization that some of their creations were things they had remembered or taken from previous civilizations, it was also validating to see them using that information to reevaluate their opinion of Ana. And while I would have loved to have seen more of the world outside of Range, I was satisfied with Sam showing Ana how tiny Range was in comparison to the whole world, using a globe. On the other hand, it took what I had been thinking of as a fantasy world and replaced it with a post-apocalyptic Earth, which was slightly baffling; where did all the mythological creatures come from?
Ana grew a lot in Infinite. I loved watching her sense of conviction grow stronger, with each decision she made that someone else questioned. I loved that, while she often turned to Sam for support and emotional strength, she ultimately relied solely on herself to convince everyone that her plan would work. And I loved how Ana questioned everything the Old Souls believed, because she was seeing things for the first time and didn’t see with their biases. It allowed her to take chances on things that the Old Souls would never have dreamed of, like helping the Centaurs, or purposefully tracking down Dragons. The risks she took made her brave, and it was because she took them despite the disbelieving looks or outright dissent of her friends. And for the first time in the series, I didn’t feel the age/experience difference between Ana and Sam, all because Ana finally believed in herself. I loved watching her realize that, while it was great to have others believe in you, it was more important to believe in yourself and your own self worth.
Unfortunately Sam was, again, a cardboard character. Other than loving Ana and his musical prowess, I couldn’t tell you much about him. But I loved watching him love Ana. She changed his whole world and she encouraged him to see things in new ways, to question things he long thought he had already gained the knowledge of. I was also disappointed that the tension between Sam and Cris was never explained, or even touched on in Infinite, and that I didn’t build a stronger connection to any other supporting character. While there were many deaths in Infinite, none of them impacted me on any emotional level because I knew, or cared very little for, anyone but Ana and Sam.
I found that Infinite’s plot moved at a steady pace, only stalling here and there for some minor melodrama. I mostly didn’t mind though, because many of the risky decisions Ana had made were ones that kept me in suspense, eager to keep reading so I could find out if her decision had been well-advised or one that led to disastrous consequences. I did have a few things that I struggled with though, the main thing being how easily Ana was able to decipher the Phoenix symbols. Even with help from the Sylph, considering each symbol had multiple meanings, it felt like Ana was creating the history of Janan and Range that she was most inclined to believe. View Spoiler »With the end, I also didn’t understand why Ana didn’t check with the Soul Tellers for Sam’s rebirth. Where he couldn’t look her up because she hadn’t been catalogued when she was originally born, it only makes sense that she would seek him out. Instead, it took a chance encounter at the Market for Sam to find her. Since she had been reincarnated, and knew about her history with Sam, why didn’t she seek him out as soon as she could? « Hide Spoiler
With the ending, everything came to such a tumultuous and fast-paced conclusion that I was left quite confused. It actually took a re-read of the last few chapters, a day or two after finishing Infinite, for me to sort out exactly what had happened. But once I had realized what had actually happened, I was pleasantly surprised! And I absolutely loved how music, which has been such a staple throughout this whole series, played such a pivotal role and was, ultimately, the thing that saved them all. So, while not without a few issues, I really enjoyed Infinite and it was definitely a worthy conclusion to such a good series!