Title: The Infinite
Author: Lori M. Lee
Series: Gates of Thread and Stone, #2
Format: eARC, kindly provided by the
publishers via Netgalley (Thank you!!)
My rating: 3.5 / 5
The walls of Ninurta keep its citizens safe.
Kai always believed the only danger to the city came from within. Now, with a rebel force threatening the fragile government, the walls have become more of a prison than ever.
To make matters worse, as Avan explores his new identity as an Infinite, Kai struggles to remind him what it means to be human. And she fears her brother, Reev, is involved with the rebels. With the two people she cares about most on opposite sides of a brewing war, Kai will do whatever it takes to bring peace. But she’s lost her power to manipulate the threads of time, and she learns that a civil war might be the beginning of something far worse that will crumble not only Ninurta’s walls but also the entire city.
In this thrilling sequel to Gates of Thread and Stone, Kai must decide how much of her humanity she’s willing to lose to protect the only family she’s ever known.
-- As seen on Goodreads
I enjoyed The Infinite so much more than Gates of Thread and Stone! The world-building was more detailed this time around, and most of the characters felt more vibrant and distinct. I really wish the first book had been a bit more like this!
I have to confess, at the start of The Infinite, I was really apprehensive. Avan grated on my nerves in the first book, and I was dreading more of the same here. I just can’t like him! I’m sorry! I really tried, but it’s not happening. I disliked his attitude even more here, and I have to admit, I was glad to get a break from his character for a while in the middle chunk of the book. What was revealed during this break was how AWESOME Kai could be! When Avan is removed from the picture, she is such a fantastic character to read about. I find it incredible that her personality can change so much, so quickly, just because of one character…
It’s no secret that I love Mason. I still think he’s the most complete and well-rounded character in the series. He has a serious side to his personality that really shines through when he’s in trainer-mode or involved in a task, but I love that he has a contrast, and how kind-hearted, sweet, caring and playful he is under the surface. I LOVED the interactions between Mason and Kai! It felt so natural, and I loved the banter between them.
I have a fear, though. Do I detect a love triangle on the horizon?! I got the sense that one could develop in the first book, and it seems like that’s the angle the trilogy will continue to take. Now, obviously, Mason is my choice in this situation. He’s my favourite character in the series, but, Avan is Kai’s golden-haired boy, and she takes every opportunity to remind us of this fact, so I doubt that will change. But, it bothers me that Mason’s character has to become the ‘other’. When it’s fairly obvious what the end-game will be, why bother including a love-triangle?
I was prepared to give The Infinite all the stars possible… until the ending happened. I’d begun to really like Kai over the course of this book, but I lost pretty much all respect for her when she forgave a certain person after a betrayal. I’m being intentionally vague not to spoil things, but the entire situation didn’t sit well with me. Overall, I really liked and enjoyed The Infinite, but it sucks that the ending tainted my overall feelings about the book. I’m curious to see what direction the last book in the trilogy will take, and I really hope it turns out to be awesome!
*I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This didn't influence my opinion in any way.*