Book Review: Infinity Son

Title: Infinity Son
Author: Adam Silvera
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐ 💫
Series:
Infinity Cycle #1
Genre/s and tags: Young Adult, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, POC, Gay rep
Content warnings: Physical violence, graphic descriptions of violence (one scene involves decapitation), animal death
Goodreads synopsis: 

Balancing epic and intensely personal stakes, bestselling author Adam Silvera’s Infinity Son is a gritty, fast-paced adventure about two brothers caught up in a magical war generations in the making.

Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkers—a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. While the Spell Walkers and other celestials are born with powers, specters take them, violently stealing the essence of endangered magical creatures.

Brighton wishes he had a power so he could join the fray. Emil just wants the fighting to stop. The cycle of violence has taken a toll, making it harder for anyone with a power to live peacefully and openly. In this climate of fear, a gang of specters has been growing bolder by the day.

Then, in a brawl after a protest, Emil manifests a power of his own—one that puts him right at the heart of the conflict and sets him up to be the heroic Spell Walker Brighton always wanted to be.

Brotherhood, love, and loyalty will be put to the test, and no one will escape the fight unscathed.

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Infinity Son is one of my most anticipated releases this year since Adam Silvera is one of my favorite contemporary authors! This one, however, is a little different—it’s fantasy! So, I was really excited to see Silvera in a new genre and see how he fares. Fortunately, I received a copy from the January Illumicrate box and now I’ve finally read it!

My thoughts on Infinity Son

As a whole, I think Infinity Son is an intriguing new fantasy novel with just enough punch to keep you wanting for more.

First and foremost, I loved the concept of the celestials and specters and phoenixes and magical creatures. I wish there was more about the world-building though. Like what is the difference between celestials and specters, Spell Walkers and Halo Knights. Or explanations about the existence of different magical creatures (not just the phoenixes). I’m still hoping I get some of these answers on the next book, though!

Oftentimes, it felt like there were too many characters, but not enough characterization. I felt like some characters are only there for the action and battle scenes. In fact, they only characters I was invested in are Emil and Ness. Emil is too precious for this world and Ness has a tragic backstory and a potential to become something more. On the other hand, Emil’s brother, Brighton, was downright insufferable. Pretty sure he ruined the mood for me 80% of the time and I felt like I was physically in pain just reading his chapters (I am NOT kidding). Although, if this is the author’s mission in the first place (that is, to annoy the readers with Brighton’s personality), then he did a pretty a good job.

The plot was entertaining and it kept me at the edge of my seat. There were a few plot twists that managed to shock me and made the story more interesting. However, there were still some plot points that were a bit confusing. I’m hoping we get more of these in the sequel. That said, the story line was still enjoyable for me and I absorbed it nonetheless.

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Overall, I believe the author did a decent job with his first ever fantasy novel. I can’t wait for more! How about you guys? What did you think about this book? Tell me in the comments!

 

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