The End of Infinity, a Review

This is a spoiler-free review for The End of Infinity, by Matt Myklusch.  First off, I’d like to recommend the series (which begins with The Accidental Hero– I reviewed that here).  Why should everyone rush out and read the series now?  Because it’s good.  And that’s enough of a recommendation; on to the review.

All his life, people have told Jack Blank what his future holds. He hasn’t always liked what they’ve had to say, but there have been times when he’s wondered if they were right.

As the Imagine Nation’s final battle with the Rüstov draws near, Jack’s future is almost upon him. He and his friends will each need their unique powers and abilities to help stop the Rüstov and win the war. But are they prepared to use those powers against the most terrifying and dangerous enemy of all—the one inside of Jack?

The time has come for Jack to choose his path and discover for himself if he will become the hero that the Imagine Nation—and the world—needs him to be, or the cause of its total destruction.

The first two books of this series were amazing.  The author writes action-packed stories with brilliant plots.  He writes at least a plot twist per chapter, which are made possible by the fast pacing and nonstop action he keeps up throughout the series.  Some plot twists are predictable, but part of the fun of reading any book is guessing at the ways the author will make life interesting for the characters.  The humor is well-placed, and there are enough heroics and good family values to give any hardened criminal cardiac arrest.

This book was the culmination of the entire series, and it lived up to all expectations.  There are a few questions that go unanswered and only serve to create more and more conflict through the story, but things were wrapped up fairly well.  As a trilogy that pursues the same hero through an ongoing battle with the same antagonists, it was recognizable as using the same form as Lord of the Rings– the third book has less character plotting and more action than the first two.  Just as The Return of the King has more bloody battles than the first two books, The End of Infinity has more full-blown confrontations between good and evil.  In both endings to both trilogies, the fortune cookie insert of “It’s always darkest before dawn” is found to be true.  In short, the first two books were devoted to “the coming storm” and the last was devoted to “the storm”.

At the beginning the story is slightly confusing, since the author barely recognizes the gap between books two and three.  If I had to guess, I’d say this was the author’s first time going from finishing the draft of one book to beginning the next with a limited schedule, and it showed.  The transition wasn’t bad, but with a couple of months between finishing the second book and beginning the third, there were some gaps in my knowledge that weren’t filled out until I remembered, “Oh, yeah, this character, who happens to be male, is not the same as this other character, who happens to be female.”  Awkward, much.  I can’t imagine how it felt to have waited a full year for the third book and to jump right in without any kind of refresher.  Though there are occasions when a miniature synopsis at the beginning of a sequel is annoying, they are nevertheless quite useful.

The author really did craft a unique story throughout this trilogy.  I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised, since the elements of a story don’t always matter to the plot, but being able to use every comic book character imaginable in a unique way is an astounding ability.  Though those who are obsessed with the cliche might dismiss this series as silly or even childish, it’s obvious to anyone who’s read the series that the author has an amazing potential for brilliant stories, and is able to deliver admirably.  This author might not be insanely popular right now, but if he keeps writing like he does, he will be.

This book was awesome, and everything I could have wanted in terms of plot twists, great endings and brilliant characters.  Whatever the author’s next project, I will be rushing to read it.

Unless, of course, it’s a teen vampire novel.

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  1. Charley R

     /  October 1, 2012

    Hmmm . . . I might get hold of these books and see if I can persuade my brother into them. He’s not a big reader, but he does like a well-structured book with some good plot twists and plenty of action and humour.

    I may also steal them from him if they’re any good. And no, that is not my real motive. Not at all.

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  2. Oh goodie. My multiple sources agree: The End of Infinity is a good book. I’ve been aching to get my hands on this book, but alas, my library is being stubborn and lending it out to other people while sticking its tongue out at me. It’s quite aggravating.

    It’s been a while since I’ve read the first two, but I do remember the ending of 2 quite well, so I’m hoping this won’t be a problem.

    I do wonder if Myklusch will end up writing another series of books. But with some good authors, one series is awesome, while their other one stinks as bad as Snape’s gym socks.

    Anyway, nice review. Wish I could just borrow the book from you, but I still have yet to figure out where that missing screw of my teleportation machine as gone off to.

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  3. Hmmm. The plot sounds OK, what little of it you talked about here. (But that’s probably just me – I like to do more in-depth reviews which naturally means a cartload of spoilers. :P) But that cover… wow, it’s amazing.

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  4. I got the first two books in the series ! 🙂

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    • Good. Your next assignment is to open the first one and read it.

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    • *obeys*

      Your next assignment is to read Deathly Hallows and figure out that sparkly Patronus.

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      • That sounds more like a Harry Potter/Twilight cross.

      • I assure you, no one’s Patronus looks like Robert Pattinson (he was Cedric Diggory in GoF…), although I’m not sure why, because his looks would sure scare away a Dementor.

        The Patronus is, well, sparkly and looks like a cross between a Nyan Cat, Jabba the Hutt, and a spider. You’ll know it when you see it.

      • I don’t think I want to, thank you very much.

  5. http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/widgets

    ^Would you be interested in the Word War Widget? I thought it could be fun… I’m asking a few other people as well.

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  6. Peace

     /  May 8, 2014

    That book was absolutely amazing…so much so that I named my little blue teddy bear eraser–who has some sort of magical healing ability so that whenever I stab him, the hole shrinks–Revile, and *coughcough* accidently chopped him in half…but the name fits! I really agree with this review, also. 😀

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  7. I just finished this book a little over a week ago. I read it in less than one day… that’s how much I liked it.

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