Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Book Review: Infinityglass

Infinityglass (Hourglass, #3)
Published by Egmont USA
Release date: August 6, 2013
Genre: YA paranormal
336 pages
Source: hard copy kindly provided by publisher

This long-awaited finale to the Hourglass series will not disappoint die-hard fans! Rejoice, book lovers: Myra McEntire has managed to avoid a slump in this series, and finishes it out with a satisfying resolution.

This series follows a group of characters through a plotline set in a world where people have genetic abilities that allow them to, in some way, manipulate time. These powers are highly valuable and dangerous, and make the decisions and actions of the group high-risk. Each novel focuses on the development of a relationship between two people who carry the gene and have special abilities. 

This book focuses on Hallie, whose parents have some interesting connections to the Hourglass and Chronos. Dune, a member of Hourglass, takes an assignment to protect her and help her figure out how her abilities work. Hallie is in grave danger, and the two work with their friends to try to figure out how to keep her safe, while also mending the rips in the time continuum, which are gaining in number and strength. 

Infinityglass gives us a change of scenery; this one is set almost entirely in New Orleans, Hallie's home. This setting is a major obstacle for Dune, whose time ability is related to water. With so much of it around him, Dune sometimes struggles to keep control of his affect on the water.

One thing kept this from being a perfect 5 for me: a major plot point, which the characters spent a great deal of time trying to figure out, was obvious to me as a reader. I find it particularly frustrating because, if not for that one flaw, these books would be perfect YA gold. 

The underlying concept is intriguing, the characters are all distinct and likeable, and the action is nicely paced. This is a great ending to a great series. I can't wait to see what Myra McEntire does next. 

Summary from Goodreads:

The stakes have risen even higher in this third book in the Hourglass series.

The Hourglass is a secret organization focused on the study of manipulating time, and its members — many of them teenagers -­have uncanny abilities to make time work for them in mysterious ways. Inherent in these powers is a responsibility to take great care, because altering one small moment can have devastating consequences for the past, present, and future. But some time trav­elers are not exactly honorable, and sometimes unsavory deals must be struck to maintain order.

With the Infinityglass (central to understanding and harnessing the time gene) at large, the hunt is on to find it before someone else does.

But the Hourglass has an advantage. Lily, who has the ability to locate anything lost, has determined that the Infinityglass isn't an object. It's a person. And the Hourglass must find him or her first. But where do you start searching for the very key to time when every second could be the last?

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