Author: Adam Silvera
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Publication date: 14/01/20
My rating: ★★★★★
This is a spoiler free review.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
I received a free proof copy at YALC
Infinity Son is Adam Silvera’s first fantasy book. It’s also the first book by Adam I’ve read, I own all but one so I have no excuse really. I loved this one though, by the end I didn’t want it to end and I need the next book asap.
Set in a world where celestials, specters and mythical creatures are real, Infinity Son is told from multiple perspectives, mainly from protagonists, Emil and Brighton. Growing up Emil and Brighton worshipped a group of celestials called the Spell Walkers, with Brighton later dedicating his time to Vlogging about them. After a fight on the subway, Emil’s powers manifest and no one is more surprised than he is. Emil is then thrust headfirst into a war between spell walkers and specters, revealing a past he never knew existed.
Did I mention I love this book? Every little thing about it, one of my favourite things though? The use of social media etc, I haven’t read a fantasy novel that incorporates it into the plot quite like Silvera. I often found myself relating to Brighton, always worrying about stats, engagement, follower numbers and being upset when posts don’t do as well as I hoped. Do they matter in the grand scheme of things? Probably not, it doesn’t change how we feel though. Especially when in Brighton’s case he’s using it to gain support for celestials.
I don’t want to give anything away, Emil is such a great character though. He might not be everyone’s cup of tea, and he’s not immune to tropes, there’s nothing wrong with a good trope though and I loved reading his chapters.
It’s not what you expect from a typical fantasy, for me, that’s a good thing and one of the things that made it stand out. I never knew what to expect, loved some of the twists and that ending! It’s the kind of ending that has you desperately turning the page to find nothing but the realisation that you have to wait a year for the next book.
I’m excited to find out what happens in the next book and definitely recommend giving it a read!
Buy from: Waterstones