Hi everyone! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for the nail-biting young adult novel, The Infinity Courts!! A big, big thank you to Turn the Pages Tours for organizing this tour and helping me receive one of my first ever ARCs!! 🤩
Today, I’ll be sharing my review of The Infinity Courts. I read this book in two days, and I can tell you right off the bat it had me on the edge of my seat. I didn’t bite my nails, I just used that term as an expression, but WOW was it one roller coaster of a reading experience!
Seriously. My first reaction after finishing was: WAIT WHAT WAS THAT, I FEEL LIKE I’VE BEEN ON A ROLLER COASTER.
But enough of my rambling. Let’s jump right in!
About The Infinity Courts
Author: Akemi Dawn Bowman
Genre: Young adult fiction, fantasy, sci-fi
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: April 6th, 2021
Eighteen-year-old Nami Miyamoto is certain her life is just beginning. She has a great family, just graduated high school, and is on her way to a party where her entire class is waiting for her—including, most importantly, the boy she’s been in love with for years.
The only problem? She’s murdered before she gets there.
When Nami wakes up, she learns she’s in a place called Infinity, where human consciousness goes when physical bodies die. She quickly discovers that Ophelia, a virtual assistant widely used by humans on Earth, has taken over the afterlife and is now posing as a queen, forcing humans into servitude the way she’d been forced to serve in the real world. Even worse, Ophelia is inching closer and closer to accomplishing her grand plans of eradicating human existence once and for all.
As Nami works with a team of rebels to bring down Ophelia and save the humans under her imprisonment, she is forced to reckon with her past, her future, and what it is that truly makes us human.
From award-winning author Akemi Dawn Bowman comes an incisive, action-packed tale that explores big questions about technology, grief, love, and humanity.
Oh, where to start?! Well, my ARC reviews will generally be structured the same way as all my other reviews, but whew let me just catch my breath, okay.
What Worked For Me
- I have to say, the world of Infinity had A LOT OF POTENTIAL. It is infinity, after all.
- Divided into the Four Courts of War, Famine, Victory, and Death, the atmosphere of each court and how they each drove the plot forward was very clear.
- The author herself wrote, “Once upon a time, I wondered what it would look like if I combined my love of robots and superpowers with my love of Jane Austen and period dramas. And then I wrote this book.” I have to say, I could see where the period drama aspect came in at the court of Victory. Imagine someone sneaking in a gown among masquerades and champagne flutes and you get a scene from The Infinity Courts.
- The world balances both a dystopian intensity and a more luxurious feel surprisingly well—hence the irony of Infinity. A paradise or a hoax? In this case, it depends if you’re a Resident and controlled by the queen or if you’re in the Resistance and fighting against the Courts.
- The pacing of this book is quick—lots of action and high stakes!
- Still, I felt the author allowed plenty of time for us to get into Nami’s head and understand her psychology.
- The events proceeded in a logical fashion, and were propelled by character reactions and actions, which is always good to see! Characters carry plot, not the other way around!
- Plus, those PLOT TWISTS…I’m still in shock. They weren’t a let down at all, because the author had already woven subtle clues early on to fully pack that plot twist punch!!
- I love how Nami was able to bond with members of the Resistance, particularly Gil, Theo, and Sura!
- Their dynamic felt very natural and I do feel that Nami was able to learn much from their perspectives, but would have liked to see more of her effect on them (except for a certain prince who I will be interested in seeing develop in the sequel).
- Either way, The Infinity Courts had a powerful supporting cast that definitely contributed to Nami’s growth as a character.
What Didn’t Work For Me
Some of Nami’s Character
- I believe Nami was a very solid character to follow, and I could definitely see her struggle with morality. However, I think she could have been a stronger and more convincing character if 1) her connection to Ophelia was stronger before she entered Infinity and 2) this created more of a moral complexity in her. While Nami didn’t feel like she was written to be a morally grey character, and the word Hero does get thrown around a lot, I feel like she could have been for the themes of this novel to feel more profound to her…you know?
How It Was Advertised (haha beware, I don’t know if this part will make sense)
- While this doesn’t seem like a biggie, it actually created expectations in my mind so when I had the time to reflect upon finishing the book, I realized what we got in the book was different than what I had initially expected.
- The Infinity Courts was advertised as “an incisive, action-packed tale that explores big questions about technology, grief, love, and humanity”.
- Yes, the book definitely touches on these topics, but I didn’t feel that it was the main point and so I felt that the questions remained a little more surface-level and relatively unanswered.
- In fact, I thought The Infinity Courts was at its heart a story about losing yourself, finding yourself, and loving yourself. This book felt like a coming-of-age story to me. Nami is a girl who was lost in the expanse of Infinity, but who was able to find her place and love herself. I really enjoyed watching her find and embrace herself, and I think the reason it was so impactful is that it was developed more organically than the themes of technology, grief, love, and humanity.
- Basically, I feel like the book tried to deal with many themes, but the one that it explored the most was the one that got overlooked.
(these are from the author’s website)
death, gun violence, references to torture, threat
Final Star Ratings and Conclusion
My actual rating is 4.2/5 stars! Yes, you can’t sway me from using decimal ratings 🙃
The Infinity Courts is a fast paced novel, with unique worldbuilding and a strong plot. While I hoped for more from the characters and wished the themes were handled differently, I still rooted for Nami and her friends, and loved how the book explored self-discovery. I will definitely be looking out for the sequel!!
About the Author
Akemi Dawn Bowman is a critically-acclaimed author who writes across genres. Her novels have received multiple accolades and award nominations, and her debut novel, STARFISH, was a William C. Morris Award Finalist. She has a BA in social sciences from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and currently lives in Scotland with her husband and two children. She overthinks everything, including this bio. You can find Akemi on Instagram @AkemiDawnBowman.
And…that’s a wrap!
Thank you so much for reading, lovelies. I hope you enjoyed my review of The Infinity Courts, one of my most anticipated releases of the year. And I hope you consider adding this wonderful novel to your bookcases—whether they be physical shelves or digital ones!!