Wednesday 13 November 2019

Book Review: Infinity Son (Infinity Cycle #1) by Adam Silvera (YA/Fantasy/LGBT)

Title: Infinity Son (Infinity Cycle #1)
Author: Adam Silvera
Simon & Schuster Australia

Publication Date: 14 January 2020
eBook - PDF
ARC via NetGalley


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.

Infinity Son had a lot going for it right off the bat, being an LGBT fantasy story. I liked the concept, and though it will date the work fairly quickly, I imagine, I did enjoy the focus on the role of social media in presenting a public image etc. However, the story wasn't without issues. Principally, the world building left a lot to be desired. So many terms and references were thrown around, but they were never fully explained and I never felt I understood the background to the world in which the characters were living. Brighton came across well as a character, but the others, including Emil, felt intangible at times. I wanted to get to know them more. I also felt some secondary characters' POV chapters were only included because Silvera needed to show some action when the main characters weren't present, as splitting off into those other POVs didn't otherwise add anything to the story. Once it finally began, I did enjoy the budding enemies-to-lovers romance element, but I would have liked to have seen more of it, as it came in quite suddenly from nowhere. Overall, I am giving this three stars. I didn't dislike it--there were moments I enjoyed--but it wasn't as polished as it could have been. I would read on in the series if the opportunity arose, but it's not one I'd add to my must-buy list.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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