Saturday, February 21, 2015

Before I Read A Sense of the Infinite

Before I read a book, I look at its cover. Despite what people say, you can tell a lot about a book based simply on what it looks like on the outside. Although you cannot judge a story by its cover, the outward appearance can draw you in and make you want to read the words inside. I love talking about covers maybe as much as I love talking about the novels themselves, so I started a feature to spotlight these essential works of art.

A Sense of the Infinite by Hilary T. Smith

Release: May 19, 2015 from Katherine Tegen Books
By the author of the critically acclaimed Wild Awake, a beautiful coming-of-age story about deep friendship, the weight of secrets, and the healing power of nature.

It's senior year of high school, and Annabeth is ready—ready for everything she and her best friend, Noe, have been planning and dreaming. But there are some things Annabeth isn't prepared for, like the constant presence of Noe's new boyfriend. Like how her relationship with her mom is wearing and fraying. And like the way the secret she's been keeping hidden deep inside her for years has started clawing at her insides, making it hard to eat or even breathe.

But most especially, she isn't prepared to lose Noe.

For years, Noe has anchored Annabeth and set their joint path. Now Noe is drifting in another direction, making new plans and dreams that don't involve Annabeth. Without Noe's constant companionship, Annabeth's world begins to crumble. But as a chain of events pulls Annabeth further and further away from Noe, she finds herself closer and closer to discovering who she's really meant to be—with her best friend or without.

Hilary T. Smith's second novel is a gorgeously written meditation on identity, loss, and the bonds of friendship.
Almost two years ago, I wrote a post about the cover of Hilary T. Smith's debut novel, Wild Awake. I loved the bright, vivid colors and the confidence of the model. I loved how loud the cover was and how it immediately caught my eyes.

I love this cover too, but for opposite reasons. A Sense of the Infinite has a dark and serene cover, one that may not fill readers with neon orange energy, but one that will leave them entranced if they look at it closely. The two covers convey such different moods that I am convinced the stories inside will contain equally distinct tones. The inky title and shadowy foreground hint that Smith's second novel will hold more secrets and darker emotions than her first. And the pale blue sky lends the cover an air of calmness, hinting that this book's story will unfold more languidly than Wild Awake's constant action and unreliable narration.

A Sense of the Infinite's cover may look nothing like Wild Awake's cover, and it may lead me to believe that the styles of the stories inside will diverge dramatically, but I know that one element will remain constant—Smith's writing talent. After reading her brilliant debut, I feel certain she could adopt any writing style and make me fall in love. I cannot wait to read the story she weaves with the slow and stunning style that this beautiful cover has set me up to expect.


  1. This really is a different cover from her first novel. I haven't read Wild Awake, but i hope you enjoy this one. LOVE the title.

  2. OH WAIT WHAT THIS IS BY HILARY T SMITH?! I didn't even notice omfg. Now I want to read this one eeeeeven more because well, I adored her debut.

    Lovely review, Emily <33


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