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Book: The Infinity Courts
Author: Akemi Dawn Bowman
Book Series: The Infinity Courts Book 1
Diversity: Asian MC, various non-descript people of color
Recommended For…: young adult readers, sci-fi
Publication Date: April 6, 2021
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Age Relevance: 14+ (violence, death, underage alcohol consumption, torture, enslavement, romance)
Explanation of Above: There is violence, including gun violence and usage, mentioned as well as torture mentioned and described. Death is a theme of the book. There is underage alcohol consumption briefly mentioned in the book and there is enslavement mentioned and shown. There is also very slight romance/crush.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Synopsis: 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.
Review: I really liked this book! I thought the concept was the most unique thing I’ve read in a long time and I loved that the heroes of the book were not specially trained individuals, but normal people like retail workers and high schoolers. The book was amazingly well written, very well paced, and had a lot of complex themes about death and morality that it discussed. I loved the character development and the world building as well.
The only issue I had with the book is that the ending felt a little rushed to me.
Verdict: Highly recommend! I absolutely loved it!