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Infinity Son

(Infinity Cycle #1)

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  696 ratings  ·  393 reviews
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
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by HarperTeen
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Isabella MC is gay, but doesn't make it the most important thing in the story. I loved how he made it completely normal like any other romance/character trait…moreMC is gay, but doesn't make it the most important thing in the story. I loved how he made it completely normal like any other romance/character trait and not like it was something super shocking and different. It's perfectly written in.(less)
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Mar 08, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer, overrated, owned
A phoenix might live forever but my hopes just died with this book.

You might be shaking your head, thinking One star, for real? Bit of a dramatic move. Well, that makes two of us. I didn’t have high expectations when I started this book – both What If It's Us and They Both Die at the End were disappointing – and I thought I’d rate this with two stars, maybe three. The first few chapters were rocky but then I started to enjoy myself. And around the 100-page mark, it all went downhill again. So
Adam Silvera
Mar 21, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Chaima ✨ شيماء
Adam Silvera + fantasy + gay is a combination that can defeat Thanos
Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰
"Times passes, and the agony doesn’t go away. The faintest phoenix song begs me to survive, but I’m tired of the music and wish someone would put out my fire for good."


Adam Silvera is keeping his crown on making people cry with his books. This book definitely made me want to cry.

Having all the ingredients and not following any recipe.

I'm going to start everything by saying if this is your first AS book (or if it will be and you end up sharing my feelings about it) then
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“I didn’t grow up with powers, but I’ve been a brother for eighteen years. No fire burns brighter than that.”

I am going to be the villain in this story and say that maybe Adam should stick to writing contemporary novels and I am going to explain why. I initially gave the book 3 stars as I felt pressured to do so in support of Adam but that would not be honest. I think 2 stars is a rating I feel more comfortable with.

You see, there is an idea and it
sarah xoxo
New York. Magic. Phoenixes. Gay. Adam Silvera.
An indestructible combination right?


- The idea
I will expand on this later, but I really thought I would love this book for a variety of reasons. The summary intrigued me, and my excitement was only increased because it was by one of my favourite authors. The bare bones idea of this book was amazing, but unfortunately the execution didn't do it justice. I think it could make a good movie if adapted right!

- Ness
A character only
I can hardly get over how bad this is.
Jul 04, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe we are to be #blessed with an Adam Silvera fantasy book.

We don't deserve this.

I may or may not be stalking his social media everyday in hopes of just a sneak peak at this book. Love you Adam.
May 09, 2017 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
so this book is finally out and i'm ready to see how bad people are claiming it is

✨    jamieson   ✨

Adam Silvera writes FANTASY!?!?
I'm still bringing my tissues...

...y'all know it's gonna hurt.
C.G. Drews
I have a deep love for both (a) urban fantasy books, (b) books about complicated messy this delivered on BOTH those fronts and I'm so so glad I got a chance to read it early. I've been sort of obsessing over Infinity Son, because I freaking adore Silvera's contemporaries (History Is All You Left Me basically is one I think about all the time) so I'm really grateful I got to read an early eARC!

highlights definitely are
more of an emphasis on magical creatures than most fantasises
Claire ✨
An amateurish first draft of a book, INFINITY SON drags itself through juvenile writing and lifeless characters in a poorly-built world.

Yikes. I had never read an Adam Silvera book before INFINITY SON... and safe to say I'll probably not read anything else by him again.

His contemporaries, the premises of which don't interest me, are praised to the moon and back, so naturally when I heard he was writing a fantasy I was immediately piqued. INFINITY SON is about sixteen-year-old Emil, a regular
Cody Roecker
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
UPDATE 7/20:

Dreams have come true. I have finished this brutal book, and am so incredibly in love with each and every character.

Update: 7/13/19

Hell. Fucking. Yes. I. Need. This. Now.

Update: 12/2/18
Honestly it doesnt matter what this is, I'm sure to love it, and its sure to burn me to ashes so...I'm ready
update 5/26/17: I have a theory that probably isn't true but would be cool.

what if this is the Scorpius Hawthorne series that are mentioned in his other books? I would die, tbh.

I am
Enne (they/them)
Jan 23, 2018 marked it as unreleased
Does this book have a release date? No
Does this book have a cover? No
Does this book have a title? No
Am I going to add to my anticipated releases shelf? Of course I am, it's by Adam Silvera...
Sol ~ TheBookishKing
This book had so many elements that would have made me It's Bitch.

~ queer Latino main characters
~ a beautiful cover
~ magic and magical birds
~ Latinx families and upbringing

but this felt like I was reading a little kids third-grade free time essay ,,, it's messy, the writing isn't good at all, the storyline is so jumbled it just doesn't make sense, and on top of that this magic system isn't explained at ALL and it just throws you in expecting you to just know what all these terms mean. After
Xandra (StarrySkyBooks)
UPDATE #2: It happened. I received the notice this morning! I got an eARC!



(PS I also made a blog post!)


Fantasy AND Adam Silvera? Count me 110% in.
May 26, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
[1/1/20] - actually, after reading the reviews... I think I'll pass


well, Dhonielle Clayton told me that i "have to get myself a copy"


i will...


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Jaye Berry
Aug 04, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2019
*Record scratch, freeze frame* So you're probably wondering how I got in this situation.

A couple days ago:
Friend: Hey I got an arc of Infinity Son do you want to borrow?
Me, knowing damn well I don't like Adam Silvera's writing: Sure!

And another 1 star book is born.


In other news: for as much as I've heard Adam Silvera talk about this book and how excited he was to write it, I really thought this would be a high fantasy but no. This is an urban fantasy with a magic system that never really
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I can't fucking believe that I got a ARC of this book.

This had a unique concept (that I think wasn't executed as well as it could have been), multiple pov, a okay writing and LGBT representation.


ARC received from publishers via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

Official release date: 14th January 2020.
Here's the thing. I didn't really want to be here, posting a review for a much hyped book that I clearly didn't like, but up until the 60% mark I was at least hoping to have one or two good things to say to warrant a two star "hey man, you tried, good on you" rating.

But no. I can't round up on this.

A combination of mostly annoying (oh god I wanted Brighton to go DIAF times infinity) and or doing-nothing-for-me characters, so little world building that I honestly only understood maybe like 15% of
Aug 04, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, lgbtq, arc, ya
Wow. Well, that will be my last Adam Silvera novel. I hope he finds his audience, but it is not me. The whole narration style is written as if by a 15-year-old boy, 5 years in the past. So the whole book is stuffed with what feels antiquated slang. Coupled with the super casual narration that uses absurd comparisons, and I just couldn't. The writing style will work for someone, that someone is not me.

The plot is a mash-up of x-men and Harry Potter with much better diversity. Unfortunately, I
Dec 27, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read an ARC of this a little while ago & I think with 2019 coming to a close, it's time to finally talk about this book.

So lemme start off by saying that, as a gay man myself I am so incredibly happy to see books like Infinity Son getting published & authors like Adam Silvera getting the praise, attention, hype & recognition so many straight authors get in/from this community!
And I also think that as a gay latinx author Adam Silvera brings a unique & very much needed
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Infinity Son is the story of two brothers, power wars and phoenixes as a vigilante group rises up against those who seek to steal magic for themselves.

Although I liked the premise for this, I unfortunately think it was poorly executed. For one, there are too many perspectives, making the story unnecessarily confusing and convoluted. The world building is also none existent, with the magical system hardly explained at all leaving
Ben Jackson
Oct 06, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first bad review I have written and it pains me a bit to do it because I was really, really (stand in a queue for hours) excited for this. All the ingredients for a great book were there; a gay, diverse fantasy novel, written by a talented author and Harry Potter Fan?!! What more could a fellow gay Harry Potter fan really ask for? But it turned into my biggest literacy disappointment of the year (ok the decade) so far. The best bit about it was the author's note at the start.

The book
Aug 04, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I apologize for the gif use but... I really needed it today. Lindsay's my entire mood on this book.

I didn't like What if it's Us but I'd never read any Adam Silvera before that, and we all know I'm really a fantasy slut, so while I went in with very low expectations, there was a chance that I'd vibe more with this book. But it did not happen, and I'm left very confused about what I just read.

Look, I appreciate the author's note he wrote so much. I look for representation in what I'm reading too,
Magdalena Deniz
Aug 25, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lost-interest
Okay, so this is Bad.

(I have a lot to say, both about the book and its author and the fandom circulating around both, but I will start with the book.)

There is absolutely no world-building. The reader is violently catapulted into this fantasy/magical version of modern NYC. There are people called celestials (they have powers) and also there are specters (they also have powers, but they got them the Bad Way by drinking magical creature blood) and there are Spell Walkers (who do god knows what.
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
I still need to sit on this one for a bit to know how I really feel. There were parts of it that I really enjoyed. I loved Emil's storyline, I loved all the celestials that we got to know, & I love all the twists this story brought on. On the other hand I found issue in the world building and the pacing. This felt like a very in and out book for me when it comes to enjoyment. I do think it sets up nicely for the sequel & I'm looking forward to seeing where book two takes us. (especially ...more
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 30% This book just isn’t for me, for several reasons. One, I’ve only ever really liked different perspectives in one book: Six of Crows. I’ve tolerated it in some other books, where it made sense. There were already four perspectives 30% of the way through and I honestly couldn’t keep track. This wasn’t helped by the jumbled world building. Now that I think about it, I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed a fantasy book that is set in the modern day. I also prefer a slower beginning, especially ...more
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Adam Silvera is the New York Times bestselling author of More Happy Than Not, History Is All You Left Me, and They Both Die at the End. His next book What If It's Us is co-written by Becky Albertalli (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda) and releases on October 9th, 2018.
He writes full-time in New York City and is tall for no reason.

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