Déjà vu? It’s the feeling that something has already happened before. Did I read that before? Lost in Infinity had me asking this question on more than one occasion. Following the story of a troubled youth suffering insomnia and a fear of infinity seemed like plot enough, but the fact that my brain was toyed with and strung along through this story only thrust me in further.
What is infinity? Imagine floating through space, gazing into the wide span of darkness and tiny specs of light that create an abyss without beginning or end. The mere thought causes a powerful reaction: racing heart, surge of electricity pulsating through veins, exasperated gulps of air. It’s apeiraphobia, a fear of infinity, combine that with insomnia, a strange inner voice and The Shadow Man and a child can go stark raving mad. Did this child go mad?
The story runs haphazardly between recollections, rantings, and current events causing the reader to shake his head and try to make sense out of it all. Does this work? Stick with the story, stick with the facts no matter how often they are repeated, stick with the character despite the constant feeling of déjà vu to find the plot is not at all what was expected.
Lost in Infinity creates the ground work for one story but leads into the path of another. It seems repetitive and redundant at points, but stay with the story to discover why these feelings of déjà vu are so important. Definitely not a book for everyone, but for those who enjoy a good insanity based book and don’t mind a sadistic twist in plot, this is a must read. Its Shutter Island meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and the author makes it work, leaving the reader to grasp at straws wanting to know if the cycle ever ends. What cycle? Read the book!
We are pleased to feature this quality book on WritingApocalypse.com. We are also pleased to announce that out of the four books we read last month, this one is our new May Book of the Month.
The Staff at Writing Apocalypse
Thanks to the staff at Writing Apocalypse and to Tania L Ramos for her review.