Infinity Son by Adam Silvera
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 put off reading Infinity Son after seeing so many negative reviews (along with some positive). I do adore Adam Silvera’s books, so it was time to try it. I actually ended up liking this book. Were there issues? Yes. Mostly in the first half of the book. But I loved the second half and definitely want to see what happens next. The world building was a bit iffy and there was just so much to take in. I started understanding more, but there are still some things that confuse me.
Most of the chapters are in the povs of two brothers, Emil and Brighton. There are some other chapters with different povs. I can see why they were there, but I can also see how it was too much for some. Luckily I’m good with multiple povs when each person sounds different. The book takes place in New York with modern technology. But there are different types of magic and The Blackout made things dangerous for some of them. Emil is pretty chill and doesn’t really care about power. Brighton is another story though. He’s borderline obsessed with being a celestial. Things don’t go so well when Emil gets power and Brighton does not.
As the story progresses, we meet a lot of other characters. There are the celestials. Specters steal blood from creatures to get their power. There’s a lot of fighting and people end up dying. Not every magic user ends up being good. Revenge is definitely a theme.
I liked that Adam brought in social media and showed how obsessed people can get with followers and video views. Brighton tends to get worse throughout the book even though he’s not a bad person. He’s definitely jealous of Emil and he gets angry, like he deserved power and Emil didn’t. It causes problems with the brothers and also with the group they’re staying with. There were also some political elements that reminded me of things going on in the US right now. They have enforcers that come for the celestials and they sometimes kill them.
Overall, I liked the book. The first half was a bit rough, but the second half was a solid four stars for me. I’m hoping that will continue into book two.
I gave this book 3 1/2 stars rounded up to 4 on Goodreads. Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for my review copy.
Warnings for blood, death, animal sacrifice.
Have you read this? Is it on your TBR? Will you read book two?