Title: The Infinity of You & Me
Author: J. Q. Coyle
Date Read: 01/11/2016 – 06/11/2016
Alicia has suffered hallucinations of dying worlds for years, despite therapy provided by a wealthy uncle and a myriad of medications. But on her 15th birthday, her estranged father shows up to tell her that they are not hallucinations at all, but glimpses into other worlds – branches off the real world that she and other people like her create whenever they make a choice. He tells Alicia that she needs to save a precious artifact that is hidden in one of the other worlds, in order to give those in the dying worlds a chance and save them from those who would try to take advantage.
Alicia felt like one of the most realistic YA protagonists I’ve come across in a long time. She’s not a special snowflake, nor does the author try to make her interesting by making her “quirky”. The book is in first person but I never felt like this was a teenager being written by an adult. The language flowed really naturally. The side characters were also well-constructed, and it was interesting seeing different versions of them in the different worlds Alicia visits.
The world-building was sometimes a bit tricky to get my head around. Multiverse stories can be tricky, and while it was a bit confusing at times, I think ultimately, Coyle handled this one rather well. The descriptions of the different worlds are very good, and I liked little touches like how different Alicia looks in each world, depending on the circumstances of how she has grown up.
As I’ve already mentioned, Coyle’s writing is very skillful. I knew from the first page, when we were plunged right into the middle of one of Alicia’s hallucinations that this was going to be a book I enjoyed. This is Coyle’s debut novel and I think this is an author we should definitely be keeping an eye on!
Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.