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title: The Infinity of You & Me
author: J. Q. Coyle, Julianna Baggott, Quinn Dalton
published: 8 November 2016
publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
genre(s): sci fi
buy/shelve it: Amazon | B&N | Kobo
What if every life-altering choice you made could split your world into infinite worlds?
Almost fifteen, Alicia is smart and funny with a deep connection to the poet Sylvia Plath, but she’s ultimately failing at life. With a laundry list of diagnoses, she hallucinates different worlds—strange, decaying, otherworldly yet undeniably real worlds that are completely unlike her own with her single mom and one true friend. In one particularly vivid hallucination, Alicia is drawn to a boy her own age named Jax who’s trapped in a dying universe. Days later, her long-lost father shows up at her birthday party, telling her that the hallucinations aren’t hallucinations, but real worlds; she and Jax are bound by a strange past and intertwining present. This leads her on a journey to find out who she is while trying to save the people and worlds she loves. J.Q. Coyle’s The Infinity of You & Me is a wild ride through unruly hearts and vivid worlds guaranteed to captivate.
The Infinty of You & Me, a collaboration between authors Julianna Baggott and Quinn Dalton, is a fascinating take on multiverse theory. Every decision made creates a new parallel universe. And for Alicia, every single decision is a paralyzing moment, no matter how seemingly insignificant the choice. Her entire life has been plagued by disorders and medications, which are now escalation into hallucinations. It has left her, at times, barely able to function in the world. Without the help of her best friend, life would probably be unbearable.
Alicia lives alone with her mother, her father long gone. But during her birthday party, he shows up and explains to her that she isn’t crazy, that there is nothing wrong with her. Her hallucinations are real, glimpses into other universes, a gift that not everyone has but that many want to use for their own purposes.
I love multiverse books, and this one was no different. The multiverse theory, while theoretical at best, is thought-provoking. Are the parallel universes as real is the original, the people as important? This question is at the center of the novel. Where is the line of ethics when it comes to the multiverse? That, too, is at the center of the book, relying heavily on the answer to the first question.
It is interesting to read books like this and compare the ways in which they make the multiverse real and viable. In one series, a device is used to take a traveler from universe to universe. In another, the traveler slips between the threads of frequencies that make up the “walls” between universes. In this book, it is physical triggers of pain applied in specific places that does the trick.
As a fan of the multiverse genre, I really enjoyed this book. The authors added some unique twists to the theory.