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ARC Review: Infinity Son by Adam Silvera

Infinity Son
by Adam Silvera
Rating: ★★★ 1/2

Published by Simon & Schuster Australia
Publication Date: 14th of January, 2020
Australian RRP: $19.99

“Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkers—a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. Brighton wishes he had a power so he could join the fray. Emil just wants the fighting to stop. 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.

Infinity Son takes you right into the action and introduces you to twin brothers, Emil and Brighton. These young adults live in New York, but not the one you know. This New York is a bustling city but with the added factor of being inhabited by people that have natural born powers and some people that steal powers by killing magical creatures that are now endangered. It’s a lot to take in over the first few pages and you’re thrown into the book like you already know their history as the first brother introduced has his internal monologue that speaks about these factors and goes into a little detail but still skims over it during the fast-paced opening.

However, the main thing I took from the first few chapters was that the Spell Walkers are the good guys and the Spectres are the bad guys. We’re introduced to Emil first, the cooler headed brother that follows the Spell Walkers but isn’t obsessed with them and just wants peace and to not be in danger of walking the streets and ending up in the fray of a magical fight. Then we get Brighton, a Spell Walkers fanboy that follows them around filming them during fights and uploading it onto the web for views and to make some money for their struggling family. Of course, the drama ensues when Emil manifests a power and Brighton doesn’t.

What I enjoyed about this book was the way you were introduced to this exciting, magical world very similar to our own but vastly different. However, the biggest downside was I was left wondering about a lot of things but a lot was left unexplained. You put headfirst into this story and that’s usually fine but I feel like we all would have benefitted from a quick introduction. I loved the brothers and the bond they shared, while the resentment that followed also made for interesting drama. Infinity Son also very much followed a usual type and didn’t have as much originality as I thought it would for what was a unique sounding plot. However, people love reading a great fantasy book even if you know where it’s going and I still enjoyed the journey.

(Thank you to Simon & Schuster for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Infinity Son is out now online and in-store!)

Thanks for reading!

Simon & Schuster, Infinity Son
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