The End of Infinity by Matt Myklusch

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All his life, people have told Jack Blank what his future holds.  He hasn’t always liked what they’ve had to say, but at times he’s wondered if they were right.

As the Imagine Nation’s final battle with the Rüstov draws near, Jack and his friends will each need their unique powers and abilities to help win the war.   But are they prepared to use those powers against the most terrifying and dangerous enemy of all—the one inside Jack?

The time has come for Jack to choose his path and discover for himself whether he will become the hero that the Imagine Nation—and the world—needs him to be, or the cause of its total destruction.

Matt Myklusch brings the action-packed Jack Blank adventure trilogy to a heart-pounding, surprising, and wholly satisfying conclusion.

[Full disclosure: Matt Myklusch sent me a copy of The End of Infinity to review as I saw fit after he saw I loved The Accidental Hero.  There was an understanding between us that sending me the next two books in his trilogy would not guarantee him a good review.]


I haven’t been speechless like this since I finished Mira Grant’s Blackout.  And for those of you who know how much I loved the Newsflesh trilogy, you know that’s really saying something.  Here’s why I’m lost for words:

There were so many times in the story that Matt Myklusch painted himself into such a tight corner I seriously had my doubts about his ability to pull things off.  Obviously, he plotted out his trilogy very carefully or he would never have been able to pull off such unexpected twists.  He did something that few authors have done to me: he made me very skeptical there could ever be a happy ending.  Truly, he spares his characters no pain and The End of Infinity is a much better book for it.

Jack is an amazing character.  He goes through so much in his short life and it’s amazing that he is still a functional human being.  Is he three dimensional?  Absolutely!  Jack is a character everyone (even girls) can relate to, yet he’s very flawed as he tries to do everything himself.  But when you look at what happened to him in the last two books, it’s not at all surprising he has trust issues, especially when he learns who his father is.  Hint: it’s not who you think.

Very few series endings are satisfying for me, but Matt Myklusch managed to wrap things up nicely while still leaving potential for a sequel or even a spin-off series.  This is probably one of the only series that I actually wouldn’t mind the author continuing.  In fact, I’m all for it!  The world of the Imagine Nation still has so much potential, especially for prequels.

I give this book 5/5 stars.

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