I wanted to like The Infinite, and it has a lot going for it. Elle is an engaging, self-aware character who knows she can be overly obsessive and the environmental theme will strike a chord with young readers. But the plot is thin, occasionally confusing, and often gets lost completely. There’s nowhere near enough suspense, an essential component of storytelling for this age group. The best bits are when Elle is with lovable, sharp-tongued Grandma, who really comes off the page. But those are too scarce.