Sunday, July 13, 2014

Infinite Sky - C.J. Flood

Infinite Sky book cover
(This is the UK cover!)
Infinite Sky by C.J. Flood
Series: Infinite Sky #1
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 20, 2014
Source/Format: Publisher (Thanks Simon & Schuster!) || ARC
[I received this book for review from the publisher. This in no way affects the thoughts expressed in my review.]

When Iris' mum leaves home, her brother, Sam, goes off the rails and her dad is left trying to hold it all together. So when a family of travellers sets up camp illegally in front of their farm, its the catalyst for a stand-off that can only end in disaster. But to Iris it's an adventure. She secretly strikes up a friendship with the gypsy boy, Trick, and discovers home can be something as simple as a carved out circle in a field of corn... (from Goodreads)

I’m still trying to pinpoint exactly what it was that I wanted from Infinite Sky. It had the makings of a contemporary novel about family and love. In fact, I could go so far as to insist that this would be a novel that could potentially move me. What I got instead was a novel that felt plain, detached, dressed up with pretty turns of phrase. 

Flood focused heavily on two things in Infinite Sky – family and romance. While these two things are usually appealing to me, they just plain wound up not working here. Why? Because I felt so detached from all the characters, but particularly our main character Iris. I couldn’t really get into Iris’ head, nor could I understand how she was feeling and reacting. It was really tough for me to feel anything at all for her, which was to this novel’s detriment.

But, you might ask, how about the story? Yes, sometimes, the story can be enough for my opinion of a novel to change. But Infinite Sky is a quiet tale, and with those, I feel like character connection is key to enjoying it. Since this was a no go from the start, I just wound up not really feeling this story.

What, you might also ask, kept me reading till the end? There just so happened to be some beautiful turns of phrase, things that would hook me in, have me reeling from the truth in them. And these things would encourage me to continue on, even when I thought I might give up on this book. 

I was, unfortunately, underwhelmed by Infinite Sky. I could honestly see how this story might appeal to others, especially with the writing. However, my lack of connection to Iris really contributed to my negative feelings towards this one. Honestly, I wanted more – and I just didn’t get it.

3 comments:

  1. I can totally understand why you could have felt detached from this one, Alexa. TBH, I felt unable to connect to Iris too, although on the surface I might have liked her. And yes, I totally get wanting more from the story. The last parts just felt hurried to me and I really wish the author dug deeper into her characters, especially Iris's brother. I still quite liked the writing too much for me to dismiss the story altogether and ended up giving this a 3-star rating! :)

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  2. Hm, I think I'll pass on this one then. I've had a few stories with really pretty writing where I couldn't connect with the characters, and it damned them. Shame though, the cover is really pretty. Also, 'plain' is kind of a damning description. Thanks for the review!

    -P.E.

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  3. The cover really appeals to me and normally, the relationships would too, but like you said, you HAVE to connect with the characters for it all to work. Especially since if a book is heavily on the relationships (romance & family), it's pretty impossible to have it be great if the characters fall flat. I'm glad there were a couple things that had you keep reading, but I'll be staying away from this now! Love the review, Alexa :)

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