The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge

Edge’s book is something else (and unfortunately not in a good way). The description sounds really cool. Who can’t love a science geek story combined with a family story? I am actually wondering where that book is, because The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day is not that book.

Sure, it has a lot of math and science concepts, and it has a strained sister relationship, but what it just comes across as a jumbled mess. The story unfolds through alternating chapters. One where Maisie and her family are together, and one where she is alone in the house in the vacuum of space. The alternating chapters weave two different stories together until the last few chapters, then it gets really weird.

I do not want to spoil the ending of the book, but it still has me questioning what the heck did I just read. It took me nearly six weeks to get through this book because it is just not a fun read. If I had to compare the book with other books or films, it would be an even more dysfunctional Zathura meets Dr. Who with a little The Lovely Bones thrown in just for an out of the blue twist.

I like Zathura and I love Dr. Who on their own… they do not really work well together, and neither did this book. Although I can see it appealing to some middle grade readers.

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