And that’s what Infinity Lost does—its near-future setting is both eerily familiar and alluringly different from our present reality. The novel is told from the perspective of seventeen-year-old Infinity “Finn” Blackstone as she and a group of her peers gain access to the highly secretive headquarters of the world’s most powerful technology company. What initially appears to be the soul-searching of one young woman on the verge of adulthood quickly reveals itself to be something much more complex and sinister. The story gently eases you into the futuristic atmosphere even as the plot rapidly escalates around the nature of Finn’s identity. The stakes don’t get much higher than trying to sort out who you are while simultaneously attempting to escape a nearly omnipotent artificial intelligence that really seems to hate you.
In some ways, Infinity Lost reminds me of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but instead of Oompa Loompas, the “factory” is filled with armored robots controlled by an AI with murderous intent and a treasure trove of menacing tools that would make Q, James Bond’s gadget wizard, jealous. The futuristic elements coalesce into an exhilarating story that makes me wonder about just what sort of future awaits us. As for Finn and her fate, I’m eagerly awaiting the continuation of her story in Infinity Rises, out in January 2016.
- Courtney Miller, Editor