The Infinite Noise

The Infinite Noise

Book - 2020 | First trade paperback edition
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Caleb Michaels is a sixteen-year-old champion running back. Other than that his life is pretty normal. But when Caleb starts experiencing mood swings that are out of the ordinary for even a teenager, his life moves beyond "typical." Caleb is an Atypical, an individual with enhanced abilities. Which sounds pretty cool except Caleb's ability is extreme empathy--he feels the emotions of everyone around him. Being an empath in high school would be hard enough, but Caleb's life becomes even more complicated when he keeps getting pulled into the emotional orbit of one of his classmates, Adam. Adam's feelings are big and all-consuming, but they fit together with Caleb's feelings in a way that he can't quite understand. Caleb's therapist, Dr. Bright, encourages Caleb to explore this connection by befriending Adam. As he and Adam grow closer, Caleb learns more about his ability, himself, his therapist--who seems to know a lot more than she lets on--and just how dangerous being an Atypical can be.
Publisher: New York :, Tor Teen,, 2020
Edition: First trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781250297532
Branch Call Number: Y SHI
Characteristics: 352 pages ; 21 cm


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Aug 11, 2020

I am a huge fan of The Bright Sessions podcast, so when I realized there was a book, I knew I just had to review it. The Infinite Noise focuses on Adam and Caleb. Their relationship and what’s happening with them while in their junior and senior years of high school. I really liked that Shippen wrote the book so you need no prior knowledge on The Bright Sessions to completely understand that’s happening, because it recalls almost the whole podcast and more from Adam and Caleb’s point of views. The conclusion was kind of lame in my opinion. I was hoping that the book would end with some drama and action but it didn’t, and I also feel that Caleb’s powers were just pushed aside leading you to believe that he just got the hang of them. Still though I would recommend both The Infinite Noise and The Bright Sessions to anyone looking for a new series to get into. 4.5/5 stars
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Feb 02, 2020

This was a great book about finding the people that make the noise in your head a little less loud. I wish there had been more explanation about the Atypicals, but I can look past it because the relationship between Caleb and Adam seemed do believable.

Dec 27, 2019

This book was a really interesting read for a couple of reasons. The two main characters, "jock" Caleb and "loner" Adam, have really been fleshed out and are easy to connect with as they narrate their sides of the story. I absolutely loved how they just fell into each other's orbits and then into each other's lives (and hearts!). The discussions about maintaining mental health were natural and didn't feel forced while remaining prevalent throughout the book (yay supporting mental health!). The way Caleb's empathy and how he describes emotions is really fascinating and I am curious what other powers might be like. I was disappointed that some things weren't fleshed out or fully explained (Caleb's family, Adam's parents, this whole government conspiracy thing...), but I'm thinking that if you got into the podcast universe you'd get a lot more explanation on some of that.

Oct 26, 2019

Going into this book, I didn't know it is based off a podcast, and I thought that it was a school of super-powered kids. Instead, it is a single high schooler with an ability that he sees a therapist about and must keep it a secret from his classmates. At the start, I was a little disappointed that my original thought was not the case, but I really enjoyed where this book went.
It was fascinating to learn about Caleb's empath powers, but I also didn't feel disappointed when we switched to Adam's POV. I think the discussions on mental illness were done well, although I think a little more discussion on Adam's depression could've helped the book's message along.
The chemistry between the leads was really good, and I really liked the other atypical who was introduced late in the book, and I was actually hoping one of the sequels would follow her, but it looks like that's not the case.
Overall, this was a great start in a unique world, and I'm excited to see where the sequels go.

vpl_teens Sep 25, 2019

Reviewed by Elena C. for Teens Read it First
This story is centered around two characters, alternating between their two unique perspectives. Caleb is a popular football player who secretly has the superpower ability of an empath while the other POV belongs to Adam, the loner who spends his lunches alone rather than with his classmates.Their lives start to intertwine when Caleb finds that something about Adam’s emotions calm the chaos in the midst of everyone else’s infinite noise. A relationship tentatively forms between Caleb and Adam as they grow and start to trust each other. Both of them are complex characters struggling with very personal issues, but the story reminds us again that neither are there to save or fix the other. Instead, they learn to support each other and meet in the middle. Most of the storyline centers around their relationship; the focus remains on Caleb and Adam. There were instances where I wished we’d gotten a little more development of other subplots—Caleb’s relationship with his family, for example, could have been explored further. The author manages to make emotions feel physical by describing them using colors and sensuous language. This especially shines in Caleb’s chapters as we feel the emotions of everyone around him alongside him. Meanwhile, the story's plot and world-building has a lot of potential, but are underdeveloped. In terms of plot, the emotional conflict and love story dominate, absolutely—and as a result the supernatural conflict is scattered.

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