Infinity Bell by Devon Monk
Publisher’s Description: Matilda Case isn’t normal. Normal people aren’t stitched together, inhumanly strong, and ageless, as she and the other galvanized are. Normal people’s bodies don’t hold the secret to immortality—something the powerful Houses will kill to possess. And normal people don’t know that they’re going to die in a few days.
Matilda’s fight to protect the people she loves triggered a chaotic war between the Houses and shattered the world’s peace. On the run, she must find a way to stop the repeat of the ancient time experiment that gifted her and the other galvanized with immortality. Because this time, it will destroy her and everything she holds dear.
Caught in a cat-and-mouse game of lies, betrayal, and unseen foes, Matilda must fight to save the world from utter destruction. But time itself is her enemy, and every second brings her one step closer to disaster….
SPOILERS. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Nell hasn’t read this series yet, so you’ve just got me today. I love Devon Monk’s Allie Beckstrom and Broken Magic series and was excited to see something new come out. I’m not sure how to classify this one – not typical urban fantasy, not really science fiction, but some blending of the two. The start of the first book had a Hunger Games feel, but that doesn’t carry throughout the book. I’ll guess you’ll just have to read it and decide for yourself.
Main characters: ♥♥♥♥ I love Matilda. Crazy mutant lizards? Just a pet. Bleeding men on her doorstep? Patch ‘em up. Being hunted and shot at? Just another Thursday. Time traveling in an eight year-old’s body? Sure thing. High heels and fancy dresses? No effing way! Okay, that part is from the first book, but it fits her so well. Matilda takes on every challenge with a “do what you have to” attitude and yet retains a sense of innocence not born from cluelessness, but from being a genuinely good person.
Other characters: ♥♥♥♥ I really love all the characters in this book. The Neds – a two-headed farm hand with a secret past, the Galvanized – long-lived and super-strong super heroes/slaves, even the political Heads of Houses – with the exception of Slater Orange. He kinda falls into that megalomaniac trope I hate so much. He wants power and immortality, but we don’t know why. Why does he hate the Galvanized? Why does he want to live forever? What are his long-term goals? The building romance between Abraham and Matilda is sweet without being too sappy… most of the time. I really want to know more about Matilda’s grandmother and get my hands on some of her time-rewinding wool!
World: ♥♥♥♥ Monk does a great job of creating a world of haves and have-nots. As I mentioned, the system is a bit reminiscent of Hunger Games, in that there are competing houses who control the resources and industry, and there are the back water folks who try to live off the grid. Heads of Houses and the Galvanized work together on their agendas – both public and private – and there is a lot of plotting and scheming. Everyone wants power and control over the Galvanized and each other.
Story: ♥♥♥♥ This book picks up right where the first one leaves off – with Matilda and her crew fleeing … everyone, actually. House Orange is hunting her brother, Quentin, to silence what he knows. The authorities are hunting Abraham for allegedly killing a Head of House, and everyone is hunting Matilda just to say they have her. The plot of this book involves time travel, and really, this could have been the end of a good two-book story. But I see a third book is due out soon, so it will be interesting to see where the story goes next.
Overall: ♥♥♥♥ This is certainly a series worth investing in. Great characters, lots of action, a rich and diverse world – all things Devon Monk seems to do best.
If You Like This Book …
If you haven’t read the first book, House Immortal, you probably should – it will clear up a lot of questions you must have. If you want more Devon Monk, I can’t recommend her Allie Beckstrom series enough. If you like Matilda, you’ll love Allie, too.
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