I wanted to love Endless. I really wanted to love Endless. Promise me a story of Romanovs, and you will hook me faster than… something hooked really fast. However, despite Romanovs and some interesting (though regrettably, too nebulous) timey-wimeyness, Endless fell flat pretty much across the board — romance, story, and world-building.
Endless has a pretty heavily romantic bent. There’s more to it than just that, but the romance plays a vital role in this story and greatly influences character decisions and plot direction. And I tried, but I just could not get on board with it… at all. It’s kind of made out to be this epic-love-that-even-time-itself-cannot-destroy, but the romance between Jenny and her leading man felt anything but. It’s lackluster, at best. Why? Exactly that. WHY?! Why did Jenny love him? Why did he love her?
I. Don’t. Know.
They didn’t really talk. You never got to see why they fell for each other, they just… did. They just are in love. And for me that just isn’t good enough — I don’t want to be told they have a connection, I want to witness it on-page. I want to feel it. Their lack of meaningful connection is especially apparent when it’s offset by Jenny’s friendship with another potential love interest who she actually DOES have a relationship with. They may not have some kind of star-crossed love across space and time, but they do have actual conversations, an emotional bond, and some intriguing tension. Yeah, so… obviously the love story is a hot-button issue for me.
Also, the story and the world proved to be another mark against Endless. What started as an intriguing premise with promise, devolved into a story that I ended up pushing myself to finish. The romance being a large part of that, but also, the story was plodding, anti-climactic, and never felt… cohesive — an unfocused jumble of events that failed to generate any urgency. After a while I just started losing interest. I did enjoy the flashbacky/dreamy parts, and I wish there had been more of them. And the world and its workings? It’s too vague, explanations were far too vague to satisfy my curiosity.
Overall, while the initial premise drew me like a moth to flame, Endless doesn’t have the depth required to captivate.