First of all I’d like to thank HarperCollins for sending me a copy in exchange of a honest review!
I’ve always been quite a fan of Adam Silvera, a New York Times bestselling YA author. I quite enjoyed his previous book What If It’s Us in collaboration with Becky Albertalli (You can read my review here). So when I got the news I received a DRC of Infinity Son, I got really excited.
Synopsis by Goodreads
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 was actually really excited about the characters as the main character is gay, written by a gay Latinx author. The book also includes lots of characters of colour and/or are queer. So lots to be excited about and in all honestly the only thing I found positive of the book.. I know, this is a harsh thing to say but 50% into the book I gave up on it.. I dnf the book.
As soon as you start the book you get thrown into a world that’s hard to understand. You have no idea what’s going on. I was like ‘Alright, maybe we will get more information further into the book’ But nothing. No world-building whatsoever which makes it all very confusing. 50% into the book and I still don’t know what Celestails, Spell Walkers, Specters and Blood Casters are or do.. There’s also magical creatures such as phoenixes (which I was quite excited about) but even with them there’s no history whatsoever.
What bothered me the most is the pacing.. For some reason it’s just loads of dialogues and then out of nowhere you get thrown into action and then back into loads of dialogues. There’s no attention to detail in anything, not in the world nor in the characters. You don’t get to know them so to me I didn’t cared what happened to them.
I know this was Adam Silvera’s first fantasy book and he took quite a few years to write this so I actually feel bad when I say it was just one big disappointment..