While I did have a bit of a hard time getting into this one at first (although, that may have been the result of other things besides the book), I did end up enjoying this one!

Wheew! Back for the first review of 2020! Today I will be sharing my thoughts on Infinity Son by Adam Silvera. Thanks so much to HCC Frenzy for sending me an ARC of this book for an honest review, as always, all opinions are my own.

This book follows brothers Emil and Brighton in a world where celestial beings exist. Some, like specters, get their powers from killing and consuming the blood of other celestials, a generally frowned upon practice, to say the least. Brighton has always been obsessed with celestials and is constantly documenting them on his social media platforms, Celestials of New York. Emil, on the other hand, would prefer to pretend they didn't exist. It was blood alchemy that killed their father, and Emil knows the dangers of such magic. However, when Emil manifests powers - ones that only come from a certain type of being, both brothers have to re-evaluate everything they know in order to save each other and the world.

Now, I really enjoyed the premise of this book - there are a lot of tropes going on (chosen one, uncertain backstory, etc. - I don't want to get into spoilery specifics, but you get the idea) but Silvera works to play with those tropes in a way that feels new. Yes, we have a chosen one who doesn't want to be the chosen one, but he truly wants nothing to do with the fighting and his heart sets him apart.

This is also an incredibly diverse book, racially and in terms of gender/sexuality. Importantly, Emil himself is the (literal) gay hero of this story. Between battle scenes, we get glimpses of his life growing up, his past relationships, and how he feels about himself as a result of the person he is. We also see other LGBT+ representation throughout the book, including a lesbian relationship and a bisexual character.

There were a number of things I liked about this book - the representation of Emil as a museum employee, the romance (ok, most of the romances, but especially the one with Emil), and some of the storyline. On the other hand, there were a number of things that didn't click for me, and I think those are why this book is not getting the greatest reviews.

Firstly, the world-building. Technically, this is an urban fantasy that takes place in New York City. I'll cut Silvera some slack because this is probably one of the most recognizable places to set a story for most North American readers, even if they haven't been themselves, they understand the city from movies or other media. However, this is still a FANTASY novel. I know it was explained but I still don't understand the whole Blackout thing, another character's parents allegedly were framed for the whole thing, I don't know. It got to the point where I just had to accept that I wasn't really going to understand where the story was taking place.

Next, the writing. Now, I started reading this book and some of the slang/wording being used really threw me for a loop. I'm not sure if it's just me (I am on the higher age range for YA readers being early twenties) but I felt like I didn't understand what was being said. It eventually worked itself out, again, I just had to accept there were some things I wasn't going to get, but it was still a bit of a pain to push through. Now, I won't spoil the ending, but I will say that I saw it coming from a mile away. I'm not particularly good when it comes to guessing endings, but a little bit of reflection on how things were going about a third of the way through and I knew who the plot twist/cliffhanger ending would involve.

Overall, if you can suspend your disbelief and desire for concrete facts throughout this book, I'd say pick it up. Otherwise, stick to Silvera's contemporary, they're a much better reflection of his abilities.