Hello Fellow Readers,
I am so excited to take part at the blog review tour for The Infinity Courts organised by Turn The Page Tours.
TITLE: The Infinity Courts
AUTHOR: Akemi Dawn Bowman
PUBLISHER: Simon Pulse
RELEASE DATE: April 6th, 2021
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT FICTION–Fantasy, Sci-Fi
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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.
Thank you Simon Pulse & Turn The Page Tours for an e-copy of this book.
I don’t know about you, but I always had a very conflicted relationship with virtual assistants like Siri or Google Assistant. I rarely talk with them, but I know that there are people who rely on their phone/smartwatches too much. Imagine one day you die and, surprise surprise, the afterlife has been hacked by Siri and she is an evil queen and you will very likely end up as her slave, with no memories and no longer in control of your actions. That’s pretty messed up. This is what, in a very simplistic explanation, happens to Nami, the main character of this story, and, WOW! You are not ready to meet Nami.
On her way to a party, where her friends and her best friend/now-finally-boyfriend, are waiting for her, she stops at a convenience store, where she is murdered during a robbery. Nami dies very young, but when she wakes up in the afterlife she immediately realises something is wrong and paradise doesn’t look so peaceful at all. The residents, evil creatures that look like humans but are not humans, are ruling this world, Infinity. And Ophelia – the Siri of this world – is the ruthless queen of Infinity.
Nami finds herself involved in a plot to try to destroy Ophelia’s reign and give the humans the Infinity they deserve. However, Nami is reluctant to just accept that all Residents are just simple evil and that’s the best thing I loved about this story. How Nami constantly questions everything, she doesn’t take anything for granted and she is always trying to do the right thing. She is very stubborn, but that’s what makes her strong.
The plot raises a lot of dilemmas that can be easily applied to our society. There is a lot of interesting discussions about race, grief, humanity and of course, our relationship with technology. I love how Nami continued to find hope at every turn. It’s a character that will grow deeper in you and you can’t help but support her through the end.
The world-building is spectacular, super well-developed, detailed and integrated with this idea of an AI dominating the humans’ consciousness. I loved all the side-characters, in particular the various evil princes of this world, and I look forward to learning more about the other courts of Infinity in the next book. Furthermore, if you are fans of the enemy-to-lovers trope, you absolutely can’t miss this story. It’s a super slow burn romance, you see it coming but it was a joy to read.
The plot has some ups and downs, but it’s beautifully written, very easy to read and fast-paced. I loved every bit of it. The ending was shocking and it’s what makes me give this book 5 stars. I didn’t see that revelation coming at all, it killed me and I am still in pain because of it, but it was smartly executed. I can’t wait to read book two, but also I am so anxious about what’s going to happen next.
The Infinity Court is a provocative and emotional journey, it’s a brilliant blend of sci-fi and fantasy. The writer definitely brings the concept of AI taking over our world to another level, and it populates Infinity with beautiful landscapes and complex realities. This is a must-read, I can’t add anything else.
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.
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