Happy Wednesday and a (late) Happy New Year! Today I’m going to be talking about a book that genuinely surprised me! We’ve all probably heard the buzz about Adam Silvera’s contemporary books like More Happy Than Not and What if it’s Us, but in his upcoming move (our on January 14, aka my birthday) he dives into the world of fantasy.
Infinity Son follows two brothers, Brighton and Emil, who live in an alternate reality New York City where superheroes, know as Celestials, are born and magical creatures roam the earth and are often used to help non-Celestials gain power of their own, known as specters. Thought the story both brothers grapple with their own inner demons while also trying to save the city, and the world, from a group of specters run by Luna Marnette.
I say this novel surprised me because, before this, I’d never read any of Adams past work. Contemporary has never been my thing, but I was super excited to see this contemporary author tackle writing a fantasy novel. Needless to say, I genuinely enjoyed this book! Adam has a way of writing that is very relatable. I know I always rant about characters feeling real and all of that, but rarely do I mean that I see myself in any of the characters. Like Brighton, I’ve dealt with that worry about numbers when it comes to social media, number of likes, number of follows, number of comments. And dealing with the success of others, in this case how Emil gets his power when Brighton thought himself more deserving. Ultimately I can’t perfectly describe how I identified with each character throughout the story, but I think there’s someone that everyone can see a little bit of themselves in throughout this story.
I was also pleasantly surprised by the massive role family played in this story. In most YA I’ve read the parents are almost always absent, or they’re the villain, but the relationships between the Rey family was SO pure. It reminded me a lot of my relationship with my grandmother and grandfather, who basically raised me as a kid. The relationship between Emil and Brighton was a little more complex, but I still saw bits and pieces of my own relationships in the way they interacted and stood up for each other.
Honesty, this is one of the few books that I had no issues with the pacing! The progression through a story is important, but if it’s stalling too much for the little moments I can find myself getting bored, but in Infinity Son it was almost non-stop action and mystery. I’d definitely recommend this novel if you’re already a fan of Adam’s writing, or if you read Renegades by Marissa Meyer, OR if you love superhero origin stories!
Happy reading guys!