by Jodi Meadows
Read: December 15 - 19 2013
Published: January 28, 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books **UPCOMING**Source: ARC from publisher (THANK YOU HC!)
Category: Fantasy, YA
Series: Incarnate #3
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The Year of Souls begins with an earthquake—an alarming rumble from deep within the earth—and it’s only the first of greater dangers to come. The Range caldera is preparing to erupt. Ana knows that as Soul Night approaches, everything near Heart will be at risk.
Ana’s exile is frightening, but it may also be fortuitous, especially if she can convince her friends to flee Heart and Range with her. They’ll go north, seeking answers and allies to stop Janan’s ascension. And with any luck, the newsouls will be safe from harm’s reach.
The oldsouls might have forgotten the choice they made to give themselves limitless lifetimes, but Ana knows the true cost of reincarnation. What she doesn’t know is whether she’ll have the chance to finish this one sweet life with Sam, especially if she returns to Heart to stop Janan once and for all.
With gorgeous romance and thrilling action, the final book in the Incarnate trilogy offers a brilliant conclusion to the compelling questions of this fascinating world, where one new girl is the key to the lives of millions.
If you don't know anything about these books: Ana is the first new soul born into a world where the same million souls have been reincarnated over and over again for 5,000 years. After Ana's childhood of being isolated and unloved, Sam is the first person who shows her any care at all. He rescues her from a dangerous encounter with a sylph, and introduces her to his friends and the society around them. Together they learn why she's so unique, what her life means for their world, as well as the reasons for the soul reincarnation (will Ana be reincarnated too?). Dragons, magic, music and futuristic technology also abound in this these books.
Note: If you have yet to start this series, I tried to be careful about avoiding spoilers (especially any big ones). This review is safe for the final book.
Infinite is the stunning conclusion to Jodi Meadows' Incarnate series. Everything I've enjoyed about these books is better in the final installment, and the parts that I hadn't previously connected with are their strongest in this story. I especially like the way this series has approached questions about life, death and immortality. In Infinite these themes combine to create a final book that is thoughtful, emotional and thrilling. Don't miss it.
Five elements of Infinite - and the series - that stand out to me:
1) Ana and Sam. I love Ana and Sam so much it's painful. Their relationship has a gentleness and fierceness to it that is breathtaking. They are a standout reason that I love the Incarnate series, and Infinite increases everything about them that I adore. The way they care for and relate to each other is inspiring, and even in the moments when they are at odds, I could feel an aching pull between them. Jodi Meadows also does not skimp on swoon. I've highlighted and re-read so many delicious moments between them in this book.
Sam to Ana: "I would choose you. Every time. No matter what."
Ana reflecting on her beginnings with Sam: "We'd danced as though we'd been dancing for years and centuries and millennia. And when we'd kissed for the first time, we'd become a song with one breath, one voice, and infinite melodies."
2) Music. Ana and Sam's connection to music, and the way it has connected them together even before they even knew each other, is another favorite aspect of this story. In Infinite their tie to music adds a richer more vital quality to the tale. This addition to the plot surprised me - and I want to discuss but it's a spoiler. However, mostly I desperately wish that I could hear Sam play one of his original pieces.
3) Community. Of course Ana and Sam do not exist in a world all their own, and their friendships are no less standout in this installment. After three books I've grow to love Stef, Cris, Sarit, Armand, Orin, Whit, and many others. After Ana was unloved for so many years, I've enjoyed seeing Sam's friends rally around Ana, become her friends too and follow her quest to save souls. Even in ways that costs them their own lives. The way that Sam has included Ana in his circle of friends is another aspect of their relationship that I adore.
4) Newsoul vs. Oldsoul. Ana's unique perspective on life as the first newsoul, and the ways she challenges those around her to think differently, continues to be one of the most thought provoking aspects of this story. It is also incredibly inspiring. Ana doesn't back down even when her opinion is unpopular, and her entire self worth doesn't disappear when her ideas are in the minority. I admire her resolve to do what she believes is right, no matter the cost. I also adore Sam for his constant support of Ana, even when it is painful for him.
5) Fantasy and origin. While I've always been much more interested in the human story in this series as opposed to the supernatural component, the fantasy elements were the strongest in this installment. We got a much better sense of the broader context of this world - including getting to explore it a bit more and meeting different creatures. I especially loved getting to know the sylph better. In addition to exploring this world, Infinite provides a lot more information about Janan and how the reincarnation of souls came about. Reading Sam's prequel novella Phoenix Overture also helped give a stronger context for this society. I do still have a few unanswered background questions, but not enough to bring this story down for me at all.
I've read several endings that disappointed me this year, but the conclusion of Infinite is one of my favorites. It is emotional and absolutely stunning. If you've been reading this series, you are going to love the finale. If you've yet to begin, it's the perfect time to get started.
Love Triangle Factor: None
Cliffhanger Scale: Series conclusion
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