Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Review: Infinity Bell by Devon Monk


Infinity Bell
(House Immortal #2)
Devon Monk
Release: March 3, 2015
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Summary: Return to national bestselling author Devon Monk's heartpounding House Immortal series, where eleven powerful Houses control the world and all its resources. But now, the treaty between them has been broken, and no one—not even the immortal galvanized—is safe....

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....
Review: This is definitely a stay-up-late-because-you-can't-put-it-down kind of book! Fortunately it's also a fast read with tons of action. The fast pace really emphasizes the sense of urgency as Matilda and her friends are both on the run from the Houses who want to imprison Abraham and Matilda and racing against the clock to fix the experiment that fractured time.

I didn't feel like there was much added in terms of world building in this second book of the series. In fact, the world seems smaller in some ways since the characters are hiding from most of it. I missed seeing most of the Galvanized and the House leaders. But there are some new characters, like Doctor Gloria who provides some insight into Quentin's past. There's also a lot of new information about the Neds, who are full of surprises, as well as Abraham and Foster First. (Love both of them!) I loved hearing their memories of the day the experiment changed the world and the hints about their lives before they were Galvanized.

If I were the sort of woman who prayed, I'd be on my knees. Instead, I adjusted the semiautomatic over my shoulder, strode to the bus, and got on.

I loved this book right up until the very end when I was equal parts heart broken and confused. I kept trying to turn the page when I was already at the end. Even though a WTF ending is kind of to be expected when the characters spent the entire book trying to go back in time to change things, I still feel like I need more information about this new world.

There are some clues in the chapter headings, I think. Just like in House Immortal each one starts with a piece of a journal entry, though it's a different journal this time. I kind of want to go back and read just those parts knowing what I know now and see if it fills in any blanks. It definitely added to the suspense and uncertainty as I was reading the first time.

I'm thankful that I don't have to wait a whole year for the next book in the series. Crucible Zero is out in September. I think this series is a great one for a binge read where you can resolve those cliffhangers right away. I'm even thinking I'll re-read the first two to get ready for the next one. I've loved both of these books so far and certainly won't mind reading them again.

Recommended for fans of: badass heroines, dystopian worlds and twisty plots

ARC provided by the publisher

4 1/2  stars

My reviews of other books in this series:
House Immortal

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