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Infinity Bridge starts right in on the action. Sam and the Pinstripe Man are being chased by a couple of horrifying beings, known as Beta, Delta, and Gamma. This all sounds high tech, and technology (both steam and modern) plays a part in the plot, but the story is urban fantasy, with steampunk and a lot of adventure thrown in.
What really drives the story, beyond the terrifying villains and nonstop action, are the characters. Sam himself is very real - a bit of a rebel who can also see monsters. His brother, Ben, is in a mental asylum since he admitted to the same thing - seeing monsters and twists in time and place. Sam is scared that he, too, will be committed if he admits to his visions.
Ben himself is a great character. It can be difficult to paint a portrait of a person in an asylum, and Kitson nails it. Yes, Ben's behavior is erratic, but you can see the intelligence and bravery behind the mental patient.
Annie appears during an exciting chase. She is being raised by her grandfather, and Annie has a lot of amazing abilities - she knows martial arts and is very intelligent. Small wonder Sam develops a crush on her.
Sam's cousin, Nick, is my favorite - he is a genius at computers but not very bright about human relationships. I love his interactions, with his mother and with Sam.
And throughout the book there is Myrddin - the shade of Merlin, who has been trapped in a handheld device like a smartphone. Myrddin's commentary is spot on - he's funny and wise, and also a bit of a twit at times.
Throughout the book, Ross's world-building shines. The action centers around York, which Kitson (who is a doctor in the UK) obviously knows inside and out. There is a twist in time which takes the action back to an alternate history - a sort of Victorian England. There's an airship, air captains, automotons - but all of these work together perfectly in a very exciting, well-developed story.
I highly recommend this book.
All of the characters are wonderfully three-dimensional but one of the best is rare to the action genre. Annie is a bad-ass girl. She lives with her grandfather and is trained as a Ninja and is someone you want by your side in a fight. She is an empowering character for girls. Annie Jones is tough, skilled and endearing fallible. She is not focused on the men in the story but the action, and her place in it while evading the bad guys. Kitson does female readers the rare favor in an action story of presenting a strong and capable woman who is an active and full participant in the story.
The Infinity Bridge (The Nu-Knights) is the third steampunk novel I’ve read and I enjoyed it thoroughly. The complexity of the plot and elegance of the world while maintaining a sense of the real world simmering the background is nothing short of brilliantly managed. One moment Sam is watching a companion fall and trying to evade the androids with the pinstripe man and the next Nick is sitting in the square with his world utterly turned upside down while drunk college students stumble by laughing in their simple existence (Page 23). The shifts between characters and extreme situations are flawlessly smooth.
The characters are so unique and realistic, almost as if at any moment they are going to jump right off the page, while the descriptive quality of the book draws you in, and you experience everything first hand! This is a book I will be passing on to friends who enjoy a good read, whether they care for steampunk/YA, and the like, or not, because I know they will enjoy this book and the amazing world within created by the imaginative mind of Kitson!
I will wait, on pins and needles, until there is a sequel because it will be a sad day indeed if I don't revisit these characters and this new fascinating world!
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