The Infinity of You & Me – My First Sci-fi in Months, and I’m Not Disappointed

The Infinity of You & Me by J.Q. Coyle
Stand-alone novel
Genre: YA modern sci-fi (science fiction)
Pages: 256
Format: paperback, ARC
Source: publisher
Release Date: Nov. 8, 2016

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I was sent an early copy of this book by Griffin Teen in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinions, or the content within this review.

plot: 16/20
characters: 18/20
setting: 20/20
relationships: 18/20
twists: 16/20
88/100

I haven’t read a sci-fi book in a few months, and I went into this one hopeful after reading the synopsis. The Infinity of You & Me wasn’t perfect, but it definitely exceeded my expectations. πŸ˜€

The premise is one of the most unique I’ve heard so far in the sci-fi genre. It follows Alicia, a 15-year-old girl that suffers severe hallucinations and has difficulty with decisions, such as multiple choice tests or whether or not to do something. Except… they aren’t hallucinations, they’re real, and every time she makes a decision a new alternate universe is created. In those universes, that version of herself might’ve made the opposite decision. But there are people working against her and the mission her previously absent father appeared to assign her, in both our world and others.

I know that was a long synopsis, but I promise it doesn’t spoil anything. I thought it was a really cool idea, and once the story got going, I was invested. The only issue I had with the story was that the execution was confusing at times. When readers would be switched between these universes, there was a break in the paragraph to signify that. However, I struggled to figure out if Alicia was in the real world or another branch of it. 😐

On another note, I really liked Alicia as a character. Despite being only my age, she seemed much more mature and in a good, strong way. I admired that about her, and her bravery too. My favorite part about her, though, was that there was more behind her bravado. She was still a teenage girl with nerves and some self-doubt. She started off as a strong lead, and as the story progressed she only grew stronger. πŸ™‚

I can’t say the same about the supporting characters. They were well-written and developed, yes, but more flawed. Alicia’s mom seemed too closed-off, and her best friend Hafeez too accepting. I mean, I don’t think I would readily accept being told that the multiverse truly exists and she can travel between the branches… at least, not right away. I’ll refrain from going into detail about other characters, for the sake of keeping this spoiler-free. Just know that Alicia is my favorite by far, but the rest of the cast is still great. πŸ˜‰

The world-building was possibly my favorite part of the whole book. I think, high fantasies aside, that multiverse stories are the hardest to develop a world for the reader to imagine. J.Q. managed it brilliantly. Although I was confused byΒ the switching between branches, each one had a distinct atmosphere and was painted vividly within the text. I really liked the science behind how different branches were created, and how it was actually understandable, even for someone that’s not a huge fan of science.Β (Like me.) My favorite branch was the broken one. (It’s not as weird as it sounds, I promise, hahah.)

Even though I had problems with both of the characters involved, I really liked the relationships in this story. Alicia’s mom was big on privacy and kind of secretive, but she had Alicia’s best interests (well, her version of them) at heart and did her best to be a good mom. That’s all you can ask for from fictional mothers, right? Especially if they do a fairly good job. And Hafeez, though accepting to a fault, in my opinion, was Alicia’s only friend and I admired his loyalty to her. πŸ˜‰

There were a few good twists in this book, but nothing that had me closing the book to process what happened. With contemporaries I’m lenient about this, but in sci-fi and fantasy books, among other genres, I always hope for at least one. So in this way, I was slightly disappointed, but I enjoyed the story nonetheless. πŸ™‚

I know it might sound like I didn’t enjoy this book, but I did. The Infinity of You & Me had a unique synopsis, strong lead, and amazing world-building. It was flawed, but still a great book, and I would definitely recommend picking it up when it comes out on the 8th. πŸ™‚

recommended for: fans of multiverse stories and/or modern sci-fi

my rating: 4Β½ out of 5 stars


I know this is a bit different from the way I’ve been doing reviews, but I think I prefer this more relaxed format to the structured one I had up to this point. Let me know your thoughts! πŸ˜‰


Have you read this book? Or are you going to get a copy when it releases? If you have read it, what did you think? I’d love to know! Tell me in the comments! πŸ™‚

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I’m off to play Mario and maybe get in a few more chapters of Gathering Darkness. πŸ˜› I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! ❀

Until next time…

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