Book Review: Infinity Lost
By: S. Harrison
Published By: Skyscape
Publication Date: November 2015
Page Count: 246
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
Young Adult - Science Fiction
Infinity Lost is a strange mash up of ideas that really works; I whizzed through reading it in a day as there’s plenty of action and mystery to keep the modest number of pages turning.
It all starts out fairly tamely, meeting Finn, the daughter of a technology giant – partly in the present but mostly via flashbacks to her childhood. You will probably feel sorry for her to start with as she is fairly neglected and all she really wants is to meet her father. No one knows she exists and she is virtually under house arrest at his sprawling mansion, with only the staff for company. Then things start to get weird... Finn starts dreaming of horrific things, and the carefully built walls of her life, and mind, start to crumble.
It took me a while to decide what I thought was going on, which was definitely part of the charm of Infinity Lost. The dream sequences were vividly described but also hard to grasp at times. I enjoyed the class visit to Blackstone Technologies; it was like a tech version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory... fair warning, when things go south for this factory visit, it escalates very quickly and makes what happened to Violet Beauregard look like a giggle. This gets bloody.
Finn is a very interesting character and this was what kept me reading the most; it’s clear she knows only part of herself, which ties in with the title quite nicely. I wasn’t expecting to like this that much, coming off the back of reading a series which was one of the best that I’ve ever read, so Infinity Lost had quite the task to stave off my book hangover, but it did it well and I’m now happily tucking in to the next book, Infinity Rises, which follows on immediately.
In the near future, one corporation, Blackstone Technologies, has changed the world: no disasters, no poverty, and life-altering technology. Blackstone has the impunity to destroy—or create—as it sees fit.
Infinity “Finn” Blackstone is the seventeen-year-old daughter of Blackstone’s reclusive CEO—but she’s never even met him. When disturbing dreams about a past she doesn’t remember begin to torment her, Finn knows there’s only one person who can provide answers: her father.
After Finn and an elite group of peers are invited to Blackstone’s top-secret HQ, Finn realizes she may have a chance to confront her father. But when a highly sophisticated company AI morphs into a killing machine, the trip descends into chaos. Trapped inside shape-shifting walls, Finn and her friends are at the mercy of an all-seeing intelligence that will destroy everything to get to her.
With no hope of help, Finn’s dream-memories may be the only chance of survival. But will she remember in time to save her own life and the lives of those around her?