Adam Silvera’s next book, Infinity Son, is set to come out in January 2020. One of my friends got an ARC at a YA convention earlier this year, and she lent me this book so I could read and review it, which I’m so grateful for. In this post, I’ll tell you all about my thoughts while reading Infinity Son.
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.
CWs: past death of a parent, grief, cancer, violence, fire, blood, hospital, heart attack
I’ll start off this review with a fair warning: I’m not the biggest fan of Adam Silvera’s books. I’ve absolutely loved They Both Die At the End and What If It’s Us, but I didn’t quite enjoy his other two books just as much. On top of that, I was somewhat hesitant to read Infinity Son because I felt like Silvera’s writing is likely better suited for contemporary than it is for fantasy.
Because of this, I guess it’s safe to say I didn’t have the highest expectations of this book, especially after seeing some mixed reviews from people I trust. So I can’t really say this book let me down. In a way, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.
This book is about two main characters, Emil and Brighton, who are twin brothers. Emil is gay, and the brothers had a Puerto Rican father, who passed away earlier in the year, before the book starts. When the book starts, they’re on the verge of turning 18 and Brighton spends a lot of time working on his YouTube channel about celestials, people with special powers. Emil works in a museum all about fantastical creatures.
What I liked about this book is mostly the fun plot and the concept of the powers some of the characters had. I thought it was a very fast-paced read, and while it took me some time to get into it, once I had, it took me almost no time to read it.
I also liked the main characters, who were both flawed in their own ways but loveable at the same time. I always love reading about sibling relationships and I thought this one was quite well done. Especially since the main characters are twins, I thought it was great to see how they were both fleshed out characters with their own distinct personalities. It was great to see their mother play a fairly large role in this book as well, since parents are often non-existent in YA.
But like I said, it took me a while to get into this book and there’s a reason for that: this book has a major identity crisis. It’s described by author and publisher as being a fantasy, and sure, there are some elements of that, but it’s more like a sci-fi novel than anything else. It actually reminded me a little bit of Renegades in setting and concept, and it’s clear that the inspiration for the powers comes from franchises like X-Men, which are focused on superheroes. I’m usually a big fan of this type of sci-fi novel, but it threw me off a little here because I was made to expect something else entirely.
On top of that, there’s next to no world building, so you’re kind of thrown in without knowing what’s what and having to figure out a lot from context. Once I had figured most things out, the book quickly became more enjoyable, but I think it would have really benefitted from a solid introduction of the world and the people in it.
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