A teenage girl’s mysterious dreams suggest her past isn’t what she remembers.
Infinity “Finn” Blackstone’s the daughter of Richard Blackstone, owner of Blackstone Technologies, the most powerful and advanced technology company in the world, but she doesn’t even know her brilliant but reclusive father. After a life without dreaming, she suddenly starts dreaming exact memories, reliving days that really happened—but the dreams end up including disturbing twists that feel real. In between the flashback dream sequences, Finn attends a ritzy private school populated by cardboard mean girls and jerks and where she vies mildly with her best friend over the romantic attentions of a handsome new bad-boy transfer student. The school rewards top performers with a field trip, and this year it is to Blackstone’s facility—meaning Finn might get a chance to see her father. The present-day action doesn’t begin in earnest until very late in the book. In order for the action sequences to go forward, however, adult characters must make what appear to be bafflingly, implausibly bad decisions. The lack of subtlety in the foreshadowing prevents any twists from surprising. The ending aims for cliffhanger but comes across as abruptly incomplete—although some of the yet-to-be addressed questions might ultimately match the promise of the futuristic, corporate-oligarchy owned world.
All setup with no payoff. (Science fiction. 12-16)