Book Review

REVIEW: Infinity Son

March 12, 2020
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Infinity Son Infinity Cycle #1 Young Adult Fantasy Simon & Schuster Hardcover 368 Pages

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.

My Thoughts:

I don’t want to write this review, because it makes me so sad to say that I did not love this book. I loved They Both Die At The End so much and still start ugly crying if I think about it too much. It was full of emotion and tension and mystique. All of which are things lacking in Infinity Son.

First off I think all the hype about this being “Adam Silvera’s First FANTASY ZOMG” has something to do with the disappointment I am feeling, as this reads much more like a contemporary with superpowers and mythical beings. The lack of world-building made it feel almost more like kids playing dress-up than a real fantasy world.

The plotline was enjoyable enough even in its predictability and transparency. I’m over reluctant heroes who are insensitive to the plights of the people around them and in the end, are just selfish jerks. There is I think supposed to be a romance in this but honestly not sure where or how it started… they just suddenly wanted each other. What I wanted to be a fun fantasy, really is just a schlocky superhero book with a predictable plot that I could have determined from a quarter of the way in.

It really hurts that this was such a bad review, I wanted to like… something beyond the diversity of the cast. Sadly for me, it just does not live up to its hype.

A Review Copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

I give Infinity Son:

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Infinity Son by Adam Silvera was published on 14 January 2020 by Simon & Schuster. You can purchase your own copy at Mighty Ape, Whitcoulls, Booktopia, Unity Books, Simon & Schuster, or wherever you like to purchase books.

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1 Comment

  • Reply littlemissstar55 March 12, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    I have a feeling I’m not going to like this one. Which is sad. Because it had the potential to be so good.
    Love your thoughts, Brooklynne! 💜

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