A rebellious teenager discovers a family secret that involves hopping between dimensions and confronts a dangerous killer in Accardo’s (Embraced, 2015, etc.) latest novel, the first in a series.
me that you’ll live your life in vivid color,” said Kori’s mom on her deathbed,
and the teenage girl tries to live up to that request—in her own fashion. When
readers first meet her, for example, she’s memorializing her mom with illegal
graffiti in public displays of grief. After all, she can’t talk to her
emotionally distant father, an army general who’s busy with his secret
government work. It’s not unusual for soldiers to “babysit” her when her dad
goes away; it is strange, though, when she’s attacked by a stranger named Dylan
who claims to know her and who tells her, “In the end, though, you have to die. You always
have to die.” He’s also looking for a very
special girl named Ava, who may or
may not exist. Kori soon learns that Dylan; her “babysitters,” Cade and Noah;
and even her father are connected to a secret government project called
Infinity that involves travel to other dimensions. Now, Kori isn’t just tasked
with living her life in vivid color, but with simply surviving. Accardo
delivers a lot of plot exposition in one big bundle, which momentarily slows
the pace of the story. But aside from this minor bump, the book is an
entertaining thrill ride with engaging characters. It also tackles some bigger
themes, including the connections between family members (parents and children,
brothers and sisters), grief, and the nature of the self, asking what remains
constant about a person in multiple dimensions. Kori’s deep empathy and slight
snarkiness add nice flavors to her point of view.
A fun YA sci-fi story with a compelling cast of characters.