Infinite

Infinite

4.4 7
by Jodi Meadows
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

The stunning conclusion to the Incarnate trilogy, a fantasy about a girl who is the first new soul born into a society where everyone else has been reborn hundreds of times.

Ana knows that soon life in Heart will be at risk so she escapes with her friends, seeking answers and allies to stop Janan's ascension and keep the other Newsouls safe. But only she

Overview

The stunning conclusion to the Incarnate trilogy, a fantasy about a girl who is the first new soul born into a society where everyone else has been reborn hundreds of times.

Ana knows that soon life in Heart will be at risk so she escapes with her friends, seeking answers and allies to stop Janan's ascension and keep the other Newsouls safe. But only she knows the true cost of reincarnation and the dangers she'll encounter if she returns to stop Janan once and for all.

Romantic and action-filled, the rich world of Infinite is perfect for fans of epic fantasies like Graceling by Kristin Cashore and The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, and Ana's courage to expose the cracks in society and fight for what is right is ideal for fans of dystopian novels.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2013-11-02
With hostility among Heart's oldsouls toward newly born, unreincarnated children increasing, original newsoul Ana leads a revolution (Asunder, 2013, etc.). Ana now knows that the virtual immortality of the people of Heart has come at the cost of countless souls that will never be born. Together with two staunch friends, she and boyfriend Sam journey to dragon country, where Ana hopes to find help in their upcoming final battle against the godlike being behind Heart's atrocity. Ana's difficult negotiations with an uber-prickly dragon are a real highlight. Unfortunately, they are too few when compared to the page-filling trek through the wilderness, where snow falls constantly but never seems to accumulate. During the journey, Ana and Sam experience the genre's now–de rigueur estrangement of affection due to an utterly artificial misunderstanding. Though this serves to minimize the pages-long swoony clinches also demanded by the genre, it will irritate readers. An attempt to buttress the series' worldbuilding with a couple of laughably inadequate paragraphs is too little, too late. Most problematic, though, is a climactic maneuver in which Ana, Sam and Meadows seem to have their cake and eat it too; the conclusion is both confusing and morally ambiguous, to say the least. As the setup and storyline will be thoroughly impenetrable to readers new to the series, this trilogy conclusion has an audience only in the first two books' most avid fans. (Dystopian fantasy. 14 & up)

School Library Journal
04/01/2014
Gr 8 Up—In this final installment of the trilogy, Ana must decide what to do with the truth regarding reincarnation. Unbeknownst to her friends and love interest, Sam, Janan the Destroyer has been consuming new souls so that his followers from thousands of years ago may continue to be reborn. If he is freed from the temple and "ascends," his supporters will become immortal while the land will be destroyed by catastrophic earthquakes—a plot point Meadows reiterates. As a "nosoul," Ana has been exiled from the city of Heart. Her loyal friends have decided to leave with her, as well as the ethereal sylph who also wishes to see Janan's downfall. The group's journey is challenging, as they must face a mixed bag of interesting (mythological) creatures while trying to figure out how to hinder Janan's plan. Ana and Sam's relationship is strained when he learns she has not been completely truthful with him, but they have a steamy reconciliation once he realizes her motives. The final scenes are action packed and intense. Fans of the series should find the conclusion satisfactory, though it's a long journey getting there.—Sherry J. Mills, Hazelwood East High School, St. Louis, MO

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062060815
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2014
Series:
Incarnate Series , #3
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
615,473
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.70(d)
Lexile:
HL710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 Years

Meet the Author

Jodi Meadows is the author of the Incarnate series and The Orphan Queen. She lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a cat, and an alarming number of ferrets. She is a confessed book addict and has wanted to be a writer ever since she decided against becoming an astronaut.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Infinite 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
HorseAnimeFreak More than 1 year ago
Ok so I just finished Infinite the last book of the Incarnate sires and OMFG I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! It ended in a way that i never saw coming! I mean i just cried 2 minutes ago (literally!) Ok so… OMG this book was AWESOME I mean I cannot express how much i loved this book! ¿¿ There were twist and turns were I did think there could be a twist and/or turn! The romance was amazing the writing was phenomenal and it was just a breathtaking book and sires! ¿¿¿¿¿¿ So anyone who wants a good sires to read, read the Incarnate sires you want regret it!!!
Brooke-The-Cover-Contessa More than 1 year ago
I'd like to thank Harper Teen for sending me a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way influenced my opinion or review. Blurb from Goodreads: DESTRUCTION 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. FLIGHT 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. CHOICE 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 have not read the first and second books in this series, STOP HERE. There are spoilers in this review that will ruin those books for you, so you don't want to read this! I love this series, so you can imagine I was totally excited to read this book! I couldn't wait to immerse myself once again the world of Heart and see what would happen! Of course I absolutely love this cover. As with the others it is just beautiful. The colors blend and flow so well. And the girl is just beautiful! This cover goes along perfectly with the others created for the series! This book picks up right where Asunder leaves off. Ana has been exiled from Heart and Sam is standing by her side. But there is chaos lurking as Heart is beginning to feel the effects of the world falling apart. Eruptions and earthquakes are shaking the world and Ana and Sam are trying to find a way to stop it. And Ana fears for the Newsouls and those who support the new souls. I will say that I didn't feel the romance as much in this book as I did in the first and second books. I felt like it was a bit lacking. Sam kept telling Ana he would follow her anywhere, but it was almost like Ana doesn't believe it. I suppose after all she's been through it's hard for her to trust anyone, even Sam. But I felt so sad that they seemed to be losing their connection to each other. I don't want to reveal too much of the plot, as that might spoil things for people (and I would not want to do that!). I will say that there is lots of action in this book. You see the return of creatures you've only met in passing in the first books. And you meet new creatures, as well. And there is death, I will not lie. But they are sacrifices that are necessary and totally understandable. And my heart certainly was clenched up in my chest at those points in the book.  As with the other books, Meadows just has a knack for pulling you into her stories. Not only is the pacing spot on, but she continues the world building (and you thought you were done when you learned all about Heart!). She also gives us glimpses of characters we only knew just a bit about. It's interesting to watch as they form friendships that are long lasting. And the best part about this series is how different and unique it is. And Meadows instills many morals in this book: live life, love life, give to others and you will get back in return. All in all I really loved this book. The ending rounded the trilogy out nicely, although I felt it might have been a little too well packaged, maybe I needed a little more rift in a book that's set in a high fantasy dystopian type world. It's definitely a great read and well worth picking up
Cupcakegirly More than 1 year ago
SWEET BABY NEWSOULS! What I LOVED: My love for this book (and Sam) is infinite. Gorgeous writing, amazing world building and a heart-achingly beautiful ending. The moral themes of love, sacrifice and living the one life you have "well" shine through in every decision Ana makes, especially the difficult ones. But the thing I enjoyed the most (besides the kissing) was the hope this story leaves the reader with. What Left Me Wanting More: Nothing. Final Verdict: THIS IS HOW A TRILOGY ABOUT LIFE, LOVE AND SACRIFICE SHOULD END! I also want my own Sylph and an Acid Breath. Thank you Jodi Meadows for writing this series!
Leeannadotme More than 1 year ago
The Newsoul series by Jodi Meadows is one of my favorite series I’ve discovered because of blogging. I was sad to see the series end with INFINITE, and because of that, I waited a few months to read it. I wasn’t ready to let go of Ana and Sam and everyone else. But I also wanted to know how their story ended and to enjoy more of Jodi’s writing.  Once I steeled myself and started INFINITE, I flew through it. I read the book in one sitting, totally immersed in Ana’s story and world. Two plus years ago, when I read INCARNATE, I had no idea how it was all going to end. Trilogy endings tend to disappoint me, because they often don’t capture the magic of the starting book, but I was more than satisfied with how the author tied everything up.  Yes, I’m being super vague. No spoilers here.  INFINITE is full of everything that I loved in INCARNATE and ASUNDER:  ♥Mythical creatures: dragons, centaurs, phoenixes! And my favorite, the sylph. I *loved* them.  ♥A mix of fantasy and modern day elements. Dragons *and* laser guns.  ♥Jodi’s writing style: descriptive and lush without being overly so. ♥This series considers some great questions: What happens when I die? What does my life mean? Would I live differently if I *knew* I had another chance (or 500)? I’m 100% biased here, because this is one of my favorite trilogies, but INFINITE was the perfect ending to a great series. I’m sad to see it end, but I’m happy with the way it finished. 
algelcrestfall More than 1 year ago
How do you feel while reading the last installment of your favorite series? As for me, I feel excited, but somehow sad. I never imagined I have to let go of Ana and Dossam's story, although I knew that they will live forever in my heart. When I saw the title, Infinite, I immediately concluded that this means infinite love between Ana and Sam. But as I read along, I lost hope at some point, knowing that they're fighting to end the reincarnation and stop Janan's evil plan. They realized what it costs for someone to reincarnate and they wanted to give the newsouls a chance to live. In Infinite, Ana proved herself more than she can do. She didn't fail those who have faith in her. She wanted to stop Janan so bad that she's willing to take all the risk, which includes communicating with dragons. Even though she knew about Sam's history with the dragons, she still pushed through. Her friends were against this decision, but in the end, they all gave her their support because they want to make up with their selfish decision (this happened in Phoenix Overture, Newsoul #2.5). They felt guilty. And they didn't like it that Ana doesn't want them to feel that way because they should. Damn. Ana has such a good heart. And that's one of the reasons why I love her so much. She didn't want to blame her friends but she doesn't take it either. She wanted them to fight to correct what they have done. And there's Cris. Sam's bestfriend and probably one of my favorite characters. I was shocked when he sacrificed himself for Ana. I thought he'd be dead and forever gone. But Ana found a way to communicate with the sylph and through Jodi's writing, I can perfectly imagine how they talk to each other. Even with the dragons. I just wished there had been plenty of Ana and Cris parts in the series when Cris was still a human. It doesn't have to be a love affair, just a deeper form of friendship. Ana and Sam's journey and how their relationship grew was very interesting. It's not the typical instalove, but more on getting to know each other everyday. Their fascination to music drawn them closer together. And Sam. I just love him. He knew Ana will never have the chance to be born again but he wanted her life to continue. He wanted everyone, especially the future generations, to know and remember her as Ana Incarnate and her love for music. Sam never failed to make me blush with his words. He wanted to show Ana a thousand ways to prove his undying love for her and he just makes me swoon all over again. Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh. The feels!!! He wanted to spend the rest of his and Ana's life together and do all the things they can There are also times when they felt like giving up, but then they realized how much they sacrificed to reach this far and there's no more turning back. I'm happy that everything turned out to be alright. But I cried when the temple burst out and... The ending!!! You guys should make it to the end. I never anticipated that ending. I can't get over it when I finished reading that I just have to read that part over and over again! If you think this is a tragic love story (which I did lol) well, the ending will surprise you. All in all, the author's writing style made it easy for the readers to understand and appreciate the story even more. The characters's growth is fantastic and the changes in Range can be clearly pictured out in the minds of the readers. Her writing style is simply amazing. This conclusion to the Newsoul series is
Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
New soul, no soul, reincarnation. You see, the concept and meaning of the essence of a human being, the characteristics, the emotions, the memories that define a person, are a very prominent and recurring theme in Jodi Meadows NEWSOUL three-book series. Numerous discussions about and unsettling discoveries of a godlike being and the temple in the city's center are inevitably connected with Ana's efforts to find the origin and reason behind the reincarnation of Heart's one million souls. Conflicts of various forms resulting from the idea of God Janan were fast becoming parts of the story I would've wished to skip altogether instead of reading even more about them from the first to the last book. With Ana, Jodi Meadows introduces us to a main character whose journey has only just begun. Her upbringing was anything but kind and loving and so Ana is someone who doesn't easily trust and love. Ana is a delicate, yet strong character and hers is a story of significant emotional development. How could it be different, the bonds of friendship and Ana's love story with Sam, her beloved musician, were my main reason and motivation to finish the series as a whole. When I look back at the entire series, more than thousand pages worth of story, I don't have the impression that very much happened beside the main conflicts with Janan, sylph, new soul opposers and dragons. Characters were likely to be followed in their repetitive quests. In addition the story's overall ending was one of the most anticlimatic I have encountered in a dystopian novel. Phoenixes, dragons, sylphs, reincarnation, the God of souls. There are many different things to be discovered in Jodi's fantasy world. The world map had so many incredible possibilities and enticements like the mentioned jungle, islands, the ocean, but they were left unexplored in the end. Notes, melodies, music. They are the heart of Jodi Meadow's trilogy. Music is always something that's very hard for me to work with in a story. Books with affinity for music are often those that don't enchant me as much as they could. Ana and Sam are practicing all the time, talking about music, learning new instruments, composing new songs. Their lives are so centered around it that their characters are irrevocably linked with the music inside them. It defines them and who they are or want to be. Beside the people in their lives, music is the most important thing for them. Something I just couldn't be as enthusiastic about as they are, creating a slight discrepancy between the characters, story and me. Even so I'm sure many people will like this series especially for its great musical finesse, for its many songs and moments of euphony and friendship. 3/5 *** NEWSOUL series - A colorful, melodic dreamland of souls and magical creatures for music aficionados. A YA symphony slightly dissonant for me. The NEWSOUL series is different and doesn't follow the same patterns of action that other standard YA novels do. Jodi Meadows came up with a very unique concept of reincarnation and invited us to her wide and wild, beautiful and dangerous, dark and multicolored world. In the end her explanation for the enternal reincarnation process of souls, the godlike being of Janan and the temple were a bit too far fetched for me. I missed many adventurous chapters that could've been waiting for our characters out there exploring the world outside of Heart instead. I'll be waiting for Jodi's next project, THE ORPHAN QUEEN, to throw me off my feet then.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
    I was sent Infinite by Harper Teen and was so glad! I'd wanted to read it and requested it because I enjoyed the first two in the series, and I wanted to know what would happen with Ana and Sam.      It is so hard to review a series that you've enjoyed, especially the last book. There is so much that I want to say but I want no spoilers and also, it is hard because it takes a while to really process, and I normally like to write my reviews right after so that everything is fresh in my mind. I have such a feeling of excitement going in because it is back with characters, plots, music and a love story that I have invested my time and emotions in. But on the other hand, there is sadness, because I knew that my time with Ana and Sam was limited in pages.      I've been invested in Ana since day one, and I really connected with her. She is courageous, brave and inquisitive. She has self doubts and issues from her past which helps me to relate with her even more, because I've seen those things in myself. But I really admire how she works through her doubts, and she incorporates how much Sam and the others who believe in her and are her friends into how she sees herself, and that is awesome. She has grown so much, but in this one, still finds things that she needs to continue to develop, especially working through selfishness and realizing communication is still important even when division or strife is there.      I've loved the sweet, trusting and steamy romance between Sam and Ana for quite a while. We get lots of that in this book, as well as them learning more about each other and progressing. They aren't without their trials though, because Ana has been keeping a secret from Sam, and it really does some distance and damage in this one. It was so hard when they were apart and not as close as they'd been, although I def understand Sam's hurt. I understood too why Ana kept it from him, she was just trying to protect him, but she should have learned from the ordeals with trust they'd dealt with in the past.      The answers begin slowly trickling in as Infinite, the last of the trilogy progresses, and Ana gets help from all sorts of unexpected places. The pacing is good, revealing things at the right times, not overwhelming but still keeping everything moving.      The costs were high in order to keep going with their mission to stop Janan, which made this book very emotional. The characters all grieved and processed things in their own way, which is true of people in the real world not only the bookish, so I was glad that was well written.      It wrapped up well, and I was pleased with the ending. Though I will say that I am a bit confused at a few of the details and exactly what that means for the characters, but the last page made those questions not as important because of the ending and what it means for the characters and things they'd promised and hoped for, not only for their lives but for each other.  Bottom Line: Good series ending, lots of action, hardship, romance and character growth.