Release date: 14th January 2020
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Australia
Series: Infinity Cycle
Blurb: 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.
Massive thanks to Simon and Schuster Australia for approving me for this one on Netgalley. Being a fan of Silvera’s previous works, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on his YA fantasy debut.
So, I’ll try to keep this one short. Infinity Son is like nothing else Silvera has released and I’m not sure whether this is a good thing or a bad thing. Usually full of meet cutes and intensely romantic situations, Infinity Son just felt a little flat to me. This is not to say it’s bad, it’s just different.
The novel follows a pair of twins who are waiting for the day their powers kick in. They have just hit the age of 18 and neither has ever shown a skerrick of magic, but what’s to say tomorrow wont bring a miracle? Their entire world is turned upside down when they meet the specter Orton and suddenly are dragged into an age old war.
So, I really want to talk about the magic system here. There’s definitely a magic system but I actually have no idea how it works. Celestials are those born with special powers that are inherited while specters are those that have stolen their magic from magical creatures by blood magic. But they aren’t magic to start with so how do they steal magic, using magic, when they have no magic… Yep. I’m just as confused as you are at the previous statement. Other than that, some of the powers specters possess are pretty cool. There’s a guy with the ability to phase through solid matter and has phoenix fire, a girl who can enter your body and control you, a shifter who got their power from. Actually, I have no idea how he became a shifter, but it’s a pretty cool ability to have.
While Silvera’s characters are usually fully fleshed out, I felt a little like the required background of each of the narrators (I think there was four. Or maybe it was five) was a little skimmed over in favour of constantly changing the point of view. With the boys, their tale is filled out throughout the course of the narrative with their mother taking a forefront in explaining why everything has happened. In the instance of Maribelle, however, there was a ‘twist’ thrown in that I still don’t understand after a second read through.
Which brings me to the bare bones of the story. It was an easy (albeit sometimes confusing) read that allowed me to pick it up and down without losing a great deal of the plot. The overarching narrative was interesting and had a very Renegades feel to it. While twists were mostly predictable, I found myself enjoying it towards the end when the action really started. The cliff-hanger at the end left the whole thing feel as though it had simply been a longer novel chopped in half rather than resolving pretty much anything.
I’m going to wrap it up here because I feel like there’s not much else to say. The characters are mostly engaging but lacked the back story for me to relate to most of them in any real capacity. It was an easy read, although parts of the narrative seemed to service needing a twist rather than making sense with the rest of the novel. The constantly changing point of views, while probably necessary, seemed to have no real order to them and I found myself getting confused. While it wasn’t a bad book, I am probably unlikely to pick up its sequel and shall instead stick Silvera’s contemporary catalogue.
Until next time lovelies xo