I read this book quite a while ago but had some trouble with this review. Just like I had some trouble reading it. Let’s find out why!
The Plot (according to 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 picked this book up, read a chapter or two put it back down for a couple of weeks, only to repeat it several times until I was finally finished. What was the problem? There were several.
First of all, the world-building. The main problem here is that it’s basically non-existent. Author Silvera throws into a world with powers and stuff like “gleamcraft”. I still don’t know what that’s supposed to be. There are so many terms invented just for the book but we never get an explanation of what any of it means. That was both confusing and annoying!
I might have overlooked that, hadn’t there been so many other issues.
One of those being the characters. They are mostly walking clichés, have no depth and I can’t be bothered to care for a single one of them. The only character that is somewhat fleshed out is annoying as hell and a total prick. I rolled my eyes SO many times while reading Infinity Son!
On top of that, the pacing of the novel was really weird. The book dragged on for a bit and then sped through things that might have been important and explanatory, had they been given more room. The way the story was told felt really off-balance to me.
While at first it took forever and five days to get going, the ending came super abrupt and it felt cut off in the middle.
However, what annoys me most is that I’m still kind of curious about where the story will go now. Maybe we’ll finally get some of that desired world-building in the next book?
Although I disliked many things about Infinity Son, I will still pick up the next part. I like the idea but so far the execution was very flawed. Let’s hope book number two is better!
Did you read this book? Let me know in the comments what you think!