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Infinity Son (Infinity Cycle) (udgave 2020)

af Adam Silvera (Forfatter)

Serier: Infinity Cycle (1)

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Balancing epic and intensely personal stakes, bestselling author Adam Silvera's Infinity Son is a gritty, fast-paced adventure about two brothers caught up in a magical war generations in the making. Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkers--a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. While the Spell Walkers and other celestials are born with powers, specters take them, violently stealing the essence of endangered magical creatures. Brighton wishes he had a power so he could join the fray. Emil just wants the fighting to stop. The cycle of violence has taken a toll, making it harder for anyone with a power to live peacefully and openly. In this climate of fear, a gang of specters has been growing bolder by the day. Then, in a brawl after a protest, Emil manifests a power of his own--one that puts him right at the heart of the conflict and sets him up to be the heroic Spell Walker Brighton always wanted to be. Brotherhood, love, and loyalty will be put to the test, and no one will escape the fight unscathed.… (mere)
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Titel:Infinity Son (Infinity Cycle)
Forfattere:Adam Silvera (Forfatter)
Info:Quill Tree Books (2020), 368 pages
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Oh. My. I mean, I love all of Adam Silvera's books, so I knew it was a safe bet I'd like this one, but wow. I loved the switching perspectives; frequently, I find single perspective fiction much more angsty and painful than I do mixed perspectives, just because of the way an unreliable narrator shares their suffering with the reader, but the drama and pain was palpable here even while we knew what all the characters were feeling. I really felt the inner conflicts of almost every character, and it was immersive to experience that.

The ending...I knew there was a gut punch coming, and I thought I knew what it was going to be, but I was wrong, and when I read the last few paragraphs, my jaw literally dropped. (Thank God for masks; I was working at the polls as an election official, and even masked, the other people working with me could tell my mind had just been blown.) I was STUNNED, and now I'll be suffering until Infinity Reaper drops in March 2021. Thanks, Adam... ( )
  clrichm | Aug 12, 2020 |
I have really really loved some of the other books that he's written, but this one left me cold. I found the move between characters in the chapters clunky & lost the rhythm of the story. I also felt the homage to X-Men style characters but didn't see the special aspects of these characters - I'd probably love them as a comic but they weren't fleshed out for me in the novel. ( )
  Rachael_SJSU | Jul 11, 2020 |
THIS WAS SO FUCKING GOOD

I am . . . genuinely confused by the number of bad reviews this has gotten? Because personally this was everything I could possibly have asked for. I've gotten increasingly picky about fantasy recently, but this was the perfect mix of characters and plot, and of sad and hopeful. The world building was so vivid and wonderful, and although it was tropey it was also *very* self-aware, and subverted a lot of tropes.

Also the characters were fantastic and I love them and they are my kids.

I truly did not want this book to end, and I don't know HOW I'm going to wait for Infinity Reaper. ( )
  irisssssssss | Jun 17, 2020 |
Guys, I don’t want to write this review. I like Adam Silvera, and I like his novels. Everyone Dies At the End was one of my favorite books for 2017. I want to pretend I read a different book, one that I adored, but I can’t. Guys, Infinity Son is not very good.

Let me start off by saying the premise is fantastic. I will forever love stories with characters who have special powers, and Mr. Silvera’s characters have loads of them. My problem is that Mr. Silvera tried to write a fantasy novel in the same way he has his contemporary stories. He shoots for organic world-building, letting the story inform readers of any history and other information you need to know to understand this world. However, it does not work. There are references to the idea that for some part of the population, they get their powers from the stars, but no one explains this. Then there are other powers you can get by stripping a magical beast of its powers, again with no explanation. Mr. Silvera never defines his magic, its limitations, its origins, and the two fighting factions.

Jay Kristoff recently had a lot to say on the topic of magic in fantasy story-telling, specifically as it relates to the Netflix series “The Witcher,” but his words are just as applicable in this case. His point was that authors need to explain and put limits on any magic or else it becomes a convenient plot device. This is where Mr. Silvera errs the most. He fails to provide any guidelines for the magic in his story. We must infer any rules based on what his characters experience. Even then, however, it feels as if his characters follow different rules nor do we truly understand how they work. Maybe they do follow the same rules, but I didn’t want to spend the time trying to figure it all out.

Similarly, organic world-building can work in fantasy novels, but it cannot be the only way an author creates his world for the reader. There is an entire historical context between the two factions that we never truly understand until the end. He brings characters into scenes for whom we never get an introduction. There are numerous references to a special constellation, I think, that enhances power, but no one tells us exactly what the big deal is. That should not happen. Readers must infer too much, which is a story-telling failure when it comes to fantasy novels in my opinion.

I really wanted to love Infinity Son. It has phoenixes and mentions basilisks. People can hover and do all sorts of cool things. But no one tells me why they can do these things. At no point in time does anyone explain what other magical creatures exist or why stars are so important or what the ef is actually happening and why, and it kills me. I wanted to love Infinity Son so much, but in one of the biggest disappointments of the new year, I could barely finish it.
  jmchshannon | Feb 9, 2020 |
Infinity Son is Adam Silvera’s fifth book, but his first foray into the fantasy genre. It’s the beginning of a trilogy titled Infinity Cycle, featuring brothers Emil and Brighton caught up in a magical war.

The physical setting for Infinity Son is based in urban New York, and while the population of Silvera’s fantasy world is human, a small percentage are known as Celestials, who may act as Spell Walkers, whom are born with inherited powers that usually manifest during childhood, or Specters, who may act as Blood Casters, whom gain their abilities with alchemy derived from murdering magical creatures like hydra’s, basilisks or phoenixes.

In New York at least, the Celestials and Specters are enemies, and both groups are generally reviled by the current government, who seek to imprison or control them, so when Emil unexpectedly manifests extraordinary powers in defence of Brighton when attacked by a Specter, the brothers, along with their mother and close friend, are forced into hiding with a group of Spell Walkers.

There are more shocks in store for Emil, and he struggles to accept his new role, especially as the situation with the Specters escalates. Meanwhile Brighton, desperate to contribute, uses his social media savvy in an attempt to restore the Spell Walkers reputation, but the reflected glory is not enough to satisfy him long.

Though Emil and Brighton are the central characters, Infinity Son unfolds from a number of other viewpoints, including Spell Walker, Maribelle, and Ness, a Specter. It’s a diverse cast, which includes male and female queer characters, and persons of colour, who I enjoyed getting to know, but I do think it was perhaps a little ambitious of Silvera to introduce so many. There is a general lack of nuance, where the characters are defined by a single trait, rather than having a well-rounded personality.

The plot is fairly simple, Silvera utilises the familiar ‘chosen one’ trope with the inevitable battles between good vs evil. There’s a touch of sibling rivalry, a suggestion of star-crossed lovers, and unexpectedly for the genre, a whole lot of social media. Infinity Son also offers plenty of action, and the story is generally fast-paced.

To be honest, the magic structure of the world feels like a slightly messy mash up of Harry Potter, X-Men, and (CW channel) superheroes. I think in part this is because Silvera provides very little in the way of exposition, and I struggled at times to connect, and make sense of, the scattered information. I’m fairly sure I figured out the basics, but there were a few elements that remain inexplicable.

Despite its flaws, I did enjoy Infinity Son, and I think the Infinity Cycle trilogy has potential as long as Silvera (or his editor) can rein in the obvious enthusiasm, which is what has led to this somewhat scattershot result. ( )
  shelleyraec | Jan 23, 2020 |
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Balancing epic and intensely personal stakes, bestselling author Adam Silvera's Infinity Son is a gritty, fast-paced adventure about two brothers caught up in a magical war generations in the making. Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkers--a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. While the Spell Walkers and other celestials are born with powers, specters take them, violently stealing the essence of endangered magical creatures. Brighton wishes he had a power so he could join the fray. Emil just wants the fighting to stop. The cycle of violence has taken a toll, making it harder for anyone with a power to live peacefully and openly. In this climate of fear, a gang of specters has been growing bolder by the day. Then, in a brawl after a protest, Emil manifests a power of his own--one that puts him right at the heart of the conflict and sets him up to be the heroic Spell Walker Brighton always wanted to be. Brotherhood, love, and loyalty will be put to the test, and no one will escape the fight unscathed.

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