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Infinity Reborn (The Infinity Trilogy) Paperback – June 28, 2016
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S. Harrison is an author from New Zealand, where he often indulges his love of watching superhero movies and art-house films. He frequently escapes to the many islands of the South Pacific, where he is hard at work on his writing.
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Infinity Reborn is the third installment in the Infinity Trilogy by an emerging writer out of New Zealand, we are privy to the conflicting scenarios that have entrapped the heroine, Finn. I believe the writer is growing in his skill as a craftsman and story teller.
This is not a story to be read in too much hurry, though, lest one might miss the common twists and turns in which the character deals with, or imagines she is dealing with the inexplicable situations that imprison her. I’ll not discuss these issues further, for I fear I would provide a spoiler, no matter how hard I work to avoid doing so.
I previously reviewed the first book in the series and rated it four stars, with my principle concern being the development of the character. (Somehow I missed the second installment, but will be reading it just as soon as I can). Episode three, though, is much in the same vein as I recall with the first book, except that character development is much better. In fact, it comes across to me with much the same effect as a fine meal topped off with a generous helping of chocolate mousse. By that I mean, it leaves me with a feeling of contentment and a very pleasing after taste…
I got this as a preorder and added the audible format whispersync so I could listen when circumstances didn’t permit reading. Doing so saved me more than $10, so I heartily recommend readers to do likewise.
Length: Print, 366 pages; Audio format, 12 hours 9 minutes.
Q - Target Audience/Genre and is it marketed as Nonfiction or Fiction:
A – Young Adults looking for a Science-Fiction/Fantasy are the primary target, but, frankly, many adults also will enjoy this adventure.
Q - How was this book obtained?
A – Pre-ordered through Amazon, with the audio version added upon release.
Q – If this is fiction, is it a plot-driven or a character-driven story?
A – Plot driven, but with good character development.
Q - Is this a book that I can read without having to read others first?
A – Yes, it can be. In fact, I’ve not yet read the second installment. I do, however, recommend reading the first book first to gain greater clarity into the main character.
Q – If this is a recurring character or a series, does it have a cliffhanger ending?
A – This does not have a cliffhanger ending.
Q - Are there a lot of typos/misspellings, grammatical errors or other editing failures?
A – No, it is well edited.
Q - Is this a fast, easy read or is it more of a leisure read?
A – Fast paced but don’t read it too quickly or you’re likely to miss the sudden twists.
Q - What sort of language does this writer use to amplify the points made?
A – Plain English, nearly fully absent of foul language. No f-bombs, only one incident of the sh-word and only a few occasions of the da@# word popping up.
Q – What age group is this suitable for?
A – The language and content are suitable for all ages who can read at seventh grade level and up.
Q - Is there sex, and is it graphic?
A – No.
Q – Is there violence and is the violence graphic?
A – Violence is not graphic, though action scenes are well written.
Q - My biggest pleasure or disappointment?
A – I enjoyed the book from start to finish but, for me, the best part was the contentment of finishing a story that left me with a pleasant after taste. I also think the author selected the right means for telling this harrowing tale – first person throughout conveys the immediacy of the events witnessed.
To give a feel for the editing, and the style and flow of this work, I am posting a brief excerpt below.
“Please. Leave her alone,” I plead into the radio. “I’m coming to you, I promise.”
“See that you do,” says Nanny Theresa. “And if I were you, young lady, I’d be quick about it.”
I shove the walkie-talkie back into Brody’s hand and turn to Gazelle, pointing down the long, dim corridor. “I need to get inside that dome. Right now.”
“Yes, Commander,” she says as she immediately turns her back to me.
“What should I do?” asks a clearly rattled Brody. “I don’t know what’s happening or why, but I need to help. I need to do something!”
“Then you start running right behind us. I’ll send Gazelle back to get you as soon as she’s taken me to the entrance to the dome.”
Brody nods fervently.
“It’s gonna be dark in there,” I mutter as I put my arms around Gazelle’s neck and grip her waist with my legs. “What I wouldn’t give for a flashlight right now.”
“Here,” Brody says as he rummages through his satchel. “I don’t have a flashlight, but will these do?” he says, holding out a fistful of glow sticks and flares.
I smile at him. “Yeah, Brody, those’ll do fine,” I say as I take them and tuck them away in my bag.
Harrison, S.. Infinity Reborn (The Infinity Trilogy Book 3) (p. 189). . Kindle Edition.
I will be watching for more works by this writer, for the style and flow are such that I forgot this writer was not a seasoned veteran of the craft. I would especially like to see some stories rooted in characters comprised of rebellious youths in New Zealand and Australia. Perhaps they could be on a search for some villain from another planet or another time? I mention this, because I believe S. Harrison could tackle such a challenging task in a manner other writers could never envision.
Infinity Reborn is, I believe, an ideal conclusion to this YA series. Five Stars out of five.
Comments regarding your opinion of this book or of my review, whether favorable or unfavorable, are always welcome. If you buy the book based on my review and become disappointed, especially, I do want to know that and I want to understand how I can improve as a book reviewer. Just please be polite.
The concept had potential in the first book, but went downhill from there. Might have worked if he hadn't tried to stretch it to a trilogy