As the first in a trilogy, S. Harrison brings us Infinity Lost. Set in a perplexing, not-so-distant future, Blackstone Technologies is the largest corporation worldwide. Their innovative creations have dramatically altered the way in which society lives. Mechanical organs have replaced the need for transplants, and votes are held to decide on the weekends weather. But while the CEO Richard Blackstone changes the world, he only sees the pay-off from his secret mansion. Not even his teenage daughter Infinity “Finn” Blackstone has met him.

As a deleted past begins to break through the barriers in Finn’s mind, forgotten memories are surfacing in dreams which leave her desperate for answers. To get them, Finn and her classmates manage to blag a tour of Blackstone HQ — but it all goes terribly wrong when the artificial intelligence running the complex turns on the richest children in the world.

A gripping opening about the complete power and control that Blackstone holds will grab you and drag you into this world. It’s almost impossible to leave it behind for our dull but safe reality. It sounds fantastic at the surface; natural disasters are all but a distant memory, miracle medicines save lives daily, war is no longer seen as necessary. But Richard Blackstone has given the world all that it needs — allowing him the power to control it, if he so desires. It’s scary, it’s intense and it’s frighteningly imaginable.

In some ways it’s unfortunate that I must say the only word I can use to describe Infinity Lost with is vivid. I gagged as a sudden, brutal bloodbath played out like a film in my head. A warning sign should be stuck on the cover, advising the fainthearted to stay away. While it’s not a story for those searching for gore, Infinity Lost will leave disturbing images imprinted in your mind – bloody explosions, violet murders and fights that will have you on tether-hooks.

As our leading lady and narrator, Finn is a fairly plain youngster. There’s nothing particularly likeable about her personality. She’s nice, possibly a little naive, but certainly not feisty enough to keep you wondering what she’ll do next. Her thoughts, her actions — they’re so realistic for a girl her age that they’re pretty much predictable. Finn’s dreams are intriguing, but that’s all that will really interest you in her.

It would be a surprise to hear of anyone becoming attached to her. In fact, it’s hard to get attached to any of the characters. The only reason to keep reading is that the world is too fascinating to completely cut yourself out of.

There’s a moment where the entire story really takes off, but it’s three quarters of the way through the novel. Until then, Infinity Lost is generally mild. Your interest will be piqued but that’s as far as it goes.

In the sporadic moments of panic, that vividness comes out with a bang. The strangling, breathless fear that overwhelms Finn will hit you like a wave.  Manic fear will sear through you as you scan the pages to find out how it continues. But after the panic quickly subsides, it returns to a gentle pace.

As the first in a trilogy, don’t worry about clearing your schedule to make room for Infinity Lost. This laggy, plot-driven fantasy won’t have you rushing to find out how it ends. But if it’s piqued your interest, you can check it out here.

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