Review by: Ivy
“Humanity is what makes heroes, not powers.”
The best part of Infinity Son, as it seems to be with most books I review, was the characters. Where the plot didn’t shine the characters most certainly did. Emil was a mix of relatable teen and unique hero while Brighton perfectly embodied Goblet of Fire era Ron Weasley if he was also a vlogger. The side characters didn’t stick with me as much, though the work put into their backstories I did enjoy, especially Ness’.
My attention was certainly kept by Infinity Son. There was close to an obscene amount of plot twists, but each one was still surprising and made me want to keep reading. Sure, the novel was packed with cliches, but it’s how Silvera revisits some of these specific moments that makes the story pop and the references more enjoyable. (AKA: the niche early thousands young adult fantasy allusions were welcome in my book).
Infinity Son sadly suffered in multiple spots. The many perspectives led to a sometimes disjointed and confusing plot. Also, Silvera’s world-building was not at its best, the way he introduced the magic system feeling forced and inexperienced. The fact that this book was inspired by fanfiction felt too on-the-nose in places as the writing felt amateurish and simple, not at all like what I’d read from the author in the past.
In total, I thought Infinity Son was a lot of fun! Silvera obviously enjoyed the heck out of writing this book, because it shows in his work. It is an action-packed, somewhat hokey, and appropriately relatable novel that is a worthwhile addition to any YA fan’s shelf. However, I wouldn’t recommend it to those who demand intense fantasy worlds or increasingly complicated plots, as Infinity Son catered more to teen audiences in those regards.
Rating: three brotherly hugs/five.