Title: The Infinity of You & Me
Author: J.Q Coyle
Publication:November 8th 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Source: Publisher in exchange for a honest review
Summary from Goodreads:
What if every life-altering choice you made could split your world into infinite worlds?
Almost fifteen, Alicia is smart and funny with a deep connection to the poet Sylvia Plath, but she’s ultimately failing at life. With a laundry list of diagnoses, she hallucinates different worlds—strange, decaying, otherworldly yet undeniably real worlds that are completely unlike her own with her single mom and one true friend. In one particularly vivid hallucination, Alicia is drawn to a boy her own age named Jax who’s trapped in a dying universe. Days later, her long-lost father shows up at her birthday party, telling her that the hallucinations aren’t hallucinations, but real worlds; she and Jax are bound by a strange past and intertwining present. This leads her on a journey to find out who she is while trying to save the people and worlds she loves. J.Q. Coyle’s The Infinity of You & Me is a wild ride through unruly hearts and vivid worlds guaranteed to captivate.
A List of Thoughts:
- FINALLY! A multi-verse fantasy. I was filled with an inexplicable excitement when I saw this. I am glad to say it was not misplaced. MULTI-VERSE FANTASTY! And it was awesome.
- Concept and world-building are the stars of the stage.
- It is a brilliant melting pot of genres and it surprisingly works. Much like the multiple realities and worlds, the genres overlap and create something unique.
- It is not character-centric, it is an illustration of how the choices we make affect so much more than we can actually see with our own two eyes. (At least, that’s how I read through it)
- There is great potential for even more complexity. I don’t know if this is a series or a standalone, but it can go either way. I would love more stories with Alex and the multiple universes.
- IRONY! Oh, how I love irony. It makes little things so much more enjoyable. You’ll know it when you see it.
- There is a realistic portrayal of mental illness. Though it is linked to the fantasy element of multiple universes, I think it was handled well.
- Missing connections and loose ends do make an appearance or two, but it only adds to the overall mystery of the story.
- The romance was cute. It was sudden, but it was cute. I guess that’s all you can ask for in an insta-love relationship.