Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Source: Edelweiss / Harper Collins
Rating: 4 out of 5
I read Hilary T. Smith’s Wild Awake last year and fell absolutely in love. Smith’s writing style is truly beautiful and the subject matter that is in Wild Awake is extremely powerfully written. After finishing that book, I knew I would read anything she wrote. When A Sense of the Infinite fell into my hands, I dove right in. From page one, I was hit full-force with Smith’s gorgeous writing style once again. A Sense of the Infinite is a satisfying sophomore novel from Smith.
A Sense of the Infinite tells the story of Annabeth Schultz, a girl without a father. A girl whose father raped her mother and left promptly afterwards. She is the product of a monster. The story surrounds Annabeth’s struggle with self-discovery and friendship with Noe, her best friend. From the start, Smith sets up Annabeth’s friendship with Noe very genuinely. In just a few short chapters, Smith made me believe that Annabeth and Noe are the best of friends, inseparable. Smith’s impeccable writing builds up the friendship really well, forming a strong foundation for the rest of the story.
A lot of things happen in A Sense of the Infinite that forces Annabeth to reevaluate her life choices and who to surround herself with. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I have to say that some of the plot events are a little random, and seemed haphazardly placed in the story. Towards the end, the story lost my attention a bit. The characterization throughout is still enjoyable, but the story itself became a little wonky. I feel that Smith didn’t have to include those events to make the story stand out; it is already beautiful as it is. The ending is open-ended and I wish that I had gotten more closure on Annabeth and her future.
A Sense of the Infinite is not quite as impressive as Wild Awake simply because the plot points are a little shaky and they get quirky – almost as if they are asking for your full attention – towards the end, but the writing style and characterization is skillfully done nonetheless. I’ll continue to look forward to Smith’s books in the future.