Saturday, March 19, 2016

Review: Infinity Bell by Devon Monk

Infinity Bell
Author:  Devon Monk
Series:  A House Immortal Novel 2
Publisher:  Roc, March 3, 2015
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages
List Price:  $7.99 (print and digital)
ISBN:  9780451467379 (print); 9780698140233 (digital)

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….

Doreen’s Thoughts

Infinity Bell is a continuation of the story begun in House Immortal, with Matilda as a “stitch” – a creature made of various parts stitched together with an invention called “life thread.” In the first book, Tilly was removed from her farm to the City where the 11 Houses rule through twelve other “galvanized” beings, who are also stitches. Tilly makes a deal with one of the Houses to rescue her brother and then ends up on the run after the murder of one of the galvanized and one of the heads of the Houses.

Traveling with her are Abraham, one of the galvanized and someone to whom she is very attracted. Her brother Quinton, his ex-girlfriend Gloria, and two-headed Neds are also included in the escape and effort to avoid capture. Quinton, a genius like his father and grandfather before him, believes that the world has been out of synch timewise ever since the experiment that created the galvanized. He thinks that he needs to go back in time and make a mathematical correction to the original experiment or the world as everyone knows it will end. Tilly, of course, is certain that she must be the one to go back in time to protect her brother and everyone she loves.

Infinity Bell is basically a chase story – with the fugitives on the run using unauthorized airplanes and unknown railroads to travel back to the farm where Tilly was born. This allows Monk to illustrate more of the world of the Houses as well as the disparity between those who have and those who have not. There are several fight scenes in the novel, which move quickly.

Ultimately, this book would be very confusing for someone who has never read the first one. In fact, it was almost confusing to me because I put it down about halfway through and had to backtrack to pick up the storyline once again. The ending was totally unexpected, but it works with the time travel premises. Again, I feel this series offers a small commentary on the use, and misuse, of resources and potential outcomes should the worst occur.

More House Immortal Novels

House Immortal
A House Immortal Novel 1
Roc, September 2, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

One hundred years ago, eleven powerful ruling Houses consolidated all of the world’s resources and authority into their own grasping hands. Only one power wasn’t placed under the command of a single House: the control over the immortal galvanized….

Matilda Case isn’t like most folk. In fact, she’s unique in the world, the crowning achievement of her father’s experiments, a girl pieced together from bits. Or so she believes, until Abraham Seventh shows up at her door, stitched with life thread just like her and insisting that enemies are coming to kill them all.

Tilly is one of thirteen incredible creations known as the galvanized, stitched together beings immortal and unfathomably strong. For a century, each House has fought for control over the galvanized. Now the Houses are also tangled in a deadly struggle for dominion over death—and Tilly and her kind hold the key to unlocking eternity

The secrets that Tilly must fight to protect are hidden within the very seams of her being. And to get the secrets, her enemies are willing to tear her apart piece by piece.…


See Doreen's Review here

Crucible Zero
A House Immortal Novel 3
Roc, September 1, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

The national bestselling author of Infinity Bell returns to her “fresh and unique”* world where the truce between the ruling Houses has shattered and chaos now reigns. Only one woman has the power to save the world—but she could also destroy it. . . .

Matilda Case never thought of herself as a hero. But because she is galvanized—and nearly immortal in her stitched, endlessly healing body—she doesn’t have much of a choice. Even if she doesn’t want to save the world, she’s the only one capable of traveling in time to do so.

But her rescue attempt hasn’t gone as planned. She’s stuck in an alternate universe, and her world is in danger of disappearing. Worst of all, an unfathomably powerful man who can also travel through history doesn’t want her to put things to rights. He’s willing to wage bloody war to stop Matilda, unless she surrenders control of time to him.

Now, with the minutes ticking, Matilda must make impossible decisions, knowing that one wrong choice will destroy her—and any chance of saving everything she loves. . . .

*A Book Obsession


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