Infinity Son

Adam Silvera

Infinity Son
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Infinity Son

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.

Review

If you took the magic and mystery of the Harry Potter world and combined it with the powers and social commentary of the X-Men, with a dash of the end-ofthe-world adventure you’d find in a Skulduggery Pleasant novel, you’d have something approximating the captivating world created in Adam Silvera’s new novel, Infinity Son. The narrative follows two brothers, caught up in an age-old conflict between the superpowered Celestials, who are born into power, and the shadowy Specters, who gain power by stealing the blood of mythical creatures.

Meaty themes including exploring ambition, the challenges of heroism and the media’s power to demonise or humanise in equal measure, support a backbone of compelling characters and the brilliantly complex relationships between them. The best of these is the familial bond between twins Emil and Brighton, intensely loyal and intensely conflicted at the same time.

Admittedly, if you are looking for gritty moment-to-moment action, you might come away disappointed, but the plot and character drama in Infinity Son was exciting enough to carry me through to the end. Perfect for fans of ambitious worldbuilding that doesn’t compromise on character development, and fans of Adam Silvera’s work who want some literal gut punches in between the emotional gut punches that his work usually delivers, Infinity Son is the start of something very exciting for YA fantasy.


Joe Murray works as a bookseller at Readings Kids.

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