Format: Paperback (ARC)
Length: 368 pages
Genre: Fantasy, LGBTQ+, Fiction, Young Adult
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date of Publication: 14th January, 2020
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Disclaimer: I received a free ARC of the book in exchange for an honest review
I loved reading What If Its Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli so when I found out that Adam Silvera was coming up with a new book, I knew I had to read it. I was glad when the publishers sent an ARC of the book to me. The cover is beautiful and golden and I actually like it better than the final cover!
Infinity Son is the first book in the Trilogy Infinity Cycle, a series that promises to explore various types of Phoenixes and their powers.
“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.“
The book begins with the twins Emil and Brighton counting down the minutes to their birthday. They expect their 18th birthday to convert them into Celestials with unique powers. While Brighton can’t wait to join the Spell Walkers and grow his YouTube channel, all Emil wants is some peace and quiet. But everything changes when Emil finds that he has mysterious powers of his own and no matter how much he wants to get out of the fight, he has an important part to play in history.
Just like with What If Its Us, Adam Silvera’s characters do not make a big deal of their sexual identity or about coming out in Infinity Son either. Everyone’s accepted for who they are and it is a welcome change to see the LGBTQ aspect as a background to another central story. I loved the brotherhood that Emil and Brighton shared till the end. Trust and friendship are given a very high priority and it is quite uplifting to read it.
I found the entire Celestial-Spell Walker-Specter dynamic to be made more complicated than it needed to be. The action sequences were wonderful to read but it felt like the scenes skipped a bit too much of details to be cohesive. The description of each celestial with their power was beautiful. I loved the family dynamics depicted in the book and I hope that we see more of that in the rest of the books in the series.
Adam Silvera is the New York Times bestselling author of More Happy Than Not, History Is All You Left Me, and They Both Die at the End. His next book What If It’s Us is co-written by Becky Albertalli (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda) and releases on October 9th, 2018. He writes full-time in New York City and is tall for no reason.
His work include:
- More Happy Than Not (2015)
- They Both Die at the End (2017)
- History is All You Left Me (2017)
- What If Its Us (2018)
- Infinity Son (2020)
TL;DR: An interesting start to a trilogy that makes you wish you had more
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