Title: Infinity Son
Author: Adam Silvera
Publication date: 14th January 2020
My rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Goodreads rating: 3.24
Genre: YA, fantasy, LGBTQIAP+
I was given an arc of this book from my friend Cerys. All opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.
*Trigger Warnings – None come to mind while writing up this review, but I read this book back in January so may be forgetting some content warnings. Upon research I can’t find any triggers that have been mentioned*
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.
Overall opinion of the book:
I was SO excited to read this book when it was announced and was over the moon when Cerys gave me her arc as I didn’t manage to pick one up at YALC last year. I read They Both Die at the End, another book by Adam Silvera in 2019 and fell in love with it. I loved absolutely everything about the book and Silvera’s writing style, so naturally I was highly anticipating reading this book. I hate to say it, but I don’t think I’ve ever felt so disappointed about a book for years. I don’t say this lightly and it honestly pains me to do so, but I disliked nearly everything about Infinity Son.
It was completely different to how I imagined it to be and it felt more like magical realism in my eyes than a full on fantasy novel. We were plunged straight into the action, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I spent 90% of the time reading this book feeling completely and utterly confused. I couldn’t actually recall much of the plot now if you asked me to. Infinity Son read like a first or second draft of a book rather than a published novel. The plot, characters and world building felt rather underdeveloped and the magical system wasn’t explained very clearly.
There were a lot of pop culture references and mentions of Youtube, YouTubers and social media stars. As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, I’m not a huge fan of real life references being included in books as I feel like it causes a book to be very much stuck within the time in which it was written. Yes, this isn’t always a bad thing, but it can cause a book to become non relatable in years to come. Yes, being a YouTuber is very current to the time, but it didn’t really feel necessary to be included.
The reader is expected to understand the magical system and links to phoenixes quite quickly and everything feels very much like word vomit and information dumping. As this is the first book in the series, Infinity Son really would have benefitted from being written at a much slower pace. I would have much preferred to have been introduced into the world in a detailed way with a slower pace to the plot, I feel that the story would have been a lot better if this had happened. There are a lot of groups of people and a lot of characters that aren’t really given a back story, which makes it difficult for the reader to connect to any of them.
I was ready to DNF this book on a number of occasions as I didn’t feel engulfed by the story or interested in it at any point. The characters felt quite one dimensional to me and yes the LGBTQIAP+ rep was fantastic, but that’s about the only positive thing I can say about the book. As a whole I just didn’t enjoy Infinity Son, it left a lot to be desired and I ended up skim reading it because I wasn’t enjoying it.
This is probably one of the most critical and short book reviews I’ve written. I’m not deliberately bashing Infinity Son, it just really wasn’t the book for me. As I’ve mentioned already, I have absolutely loved Silvera’s writing in the past and I know that he is incredibly talented writer. I won’t be continuing this particular series, but it hasn’t put me off reading other books from Silvera in the future.
If you’re a fan on fantasy then you may well enjoy this book. I typically don’t read a lot of fantasy so maybe that has something to do with not enjoying it as much as I hoped.
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