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The Infinity Courts

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Westworld meets Warcross in this high-stakes, dizzyingly smart sci-fi about a teen girl navigating an afterlife in which she must defeat an AI entity intent on destroying humanity, from award-winning author Akemi Dawn Bowman.

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 part
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Hardcover, 482 pages
Published April 6th 2021 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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PineappleRobin Haven't finished this yet but yea, a 16 year old can read this. It's not even close to 18+. People younger than 16 can read it too.…moreHaven't finished this yet but yea, a 16 year old can read this. It's not even close to 18+. People younger than 16 can read it too.(less)
PineappleRobin Yea a little bit, it isn't the main focus though.…moreYea a little bit, it isn't the main focus though.(less)

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jessica
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
i must have done something good in another life because i have no idea how else i lucked out to get an ARC of this. it wasnt even on my 2021 release radar, but i am absolutely blown away.

this gave me everything i have been craving recently - a band of rebels, a compelling enemy, a unique world, root-worthy characters, engaging writing, and a high-stakes plot. there was actually a scene where my jaw DROPPED. its one of the most shocking moments i have read in a book in a long time.

honestly, if
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Althea | themoonwholistens ☾
ATTENTION! if you're interested in some afterlife, magical cyberpunk, Westworld meets Warcross goodness filled with rebel groups, high stakes plot, and captivating characters, that will leave you with something to think about-- I introduce this book to you :)

[5/13/21: Goodreads got glitchy again and deleted my review for this book so this is me reuploading it; would recommend you check out your review for this book to if you have left one]

my mind is completely REELING right now…

AHHHHH. I’m s
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Lucie V.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley (thank you Simon & Schuster Canada). All thoughts and opinions are my own.

✅ World-building/original concept
✅ Rebel group/spying
✅ Action
✅ Engaging writing
✅🆗 Characters
🆗 Romance
🆗 Ending

I was really (pleasantly) surprised by this book. There is a feisty band of rebels, a compelling and complex enemy, a unique world-building, and a high-stakes plot. The writing is engaging, and I got hooked up from the very first chapter. The concept is so interesting!
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
I see Akemi's name on a book and I literally do not even care what the book is about. It could be about basically ANYTHING and I would read it and love it because Akemi is brilliant and I adore her. ♥ That said... this sounds AWESOME. ...more
bella
Apr 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

Content + Trigger Warnings: death, murder, gun violence, references to torture, underage drinking (mention), gore, injuries/wounds, mind manipulation/control, nightmares (trauma related), forced servitude, threat

Growing up, I devoured just about any sci-fi/fantasy books I could get my hands on. However, being a multiracial person, it was difficult to find any books in the genre with characters who looked like me or that I felt represented by. Naturally, my interest was instantly piqued
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kaylie
This book is like a rollercoaster. You make the slow and steady ascendent, and then, all of a sudden, you come crashing downwards. It's thrilling, exciting, and utterly terrifying.

In this book, you meet Nami who has the perfect life planned out. She's got a supportive family, friends, and a date to go to. But that all is unended when she is murdered. She then wakes up and finds herself in Infinity, where the human consciousness goes after death. She is thrust into the middle of a rebellion and s
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Angelica
May 03, 2021 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this. I wanted to love it. And for the first few chapters, I completely did. I liked the character and the writing and the world of the afterlife seemed so cool and new. I was so excited to keep reading. So I did. And then I stopped liking it.

I struggled with the characters and the pacing and the repetitiveness of the story and its themes.

First, the characters. All the side characters felt generic to me. All were very tropey, I knew how each of them would turn out from the momen
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elhyza
“Infinity was never built for you; it was built for dreamers.”

4.5☆ — I'm in so much pain just sick to my stomach. akemi dawn bowman please pay for my therapy??!?!! no because like I knew I was bound to love this book so much as Bowman has become one of my favorite authors. Her way with writing, she always knows how to make words hit on such a deep personal level. Let me just get this out of the way because THE PLOT TWIST genuinely ruined my life, I'm utterly rendered speechless still reeling fro
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Lady Amanda
Apr 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Aaaaaah, I loved this!!! Read my full review here at Bookish Brews, and check out a preview down below!



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The Infinity Courts reminded me exactly why I love to read YA. I loved every bit of this book, and it had my undivided attention from the very start until the very end. The feeling of satisfaction after I finished reading this one was pure book bliss!

I received a free copy for participation in a blog review tour for this book

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♠ Tabi⁷ ♠
Apr 27, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: edelweiss
oh wow okay this has a subconscious realm PLUS an AI character with the high possibility of being complicated??? YES PLEASE

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HEY HEY LOOK AT THAT LOVELY COVER
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Valerie May
4.5 stars

"You are no more chosen than we are. We're all Heroes here"
-Annika




What a plot twist!!!That was totally unexpected and it turned the tables for me.




I quite found it an enjoyable read and I think Akemi has a good writing style. The parts when Nami arrived at Infinity until that certain plot twist was a tiny bit dragging, but thankfully to Akemi's writing style, it did not bore me. Dragging as it is, I found myself wanting for more answers and how would the humans pull through all their p
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ikram
Jun 25, 2020 marked it as to-read
Akemi Dawn Bowman’s debut SFF book featuring:

- Beautiful cover. I seriously can’t stop looking at it... this is so beautiful omg
- Exploring big questions about technology, grief, love, and humanity? SIGN ME UP!
- I heard it’s Westworld meets Warcross (aka my two favorite things!!)

IM SO EXCITED!
Charmel
Apr 28, 2021 marked it as to-read
Shelves: w-asian-rep
AN AI OVERTAKING AFTERLIFE?

sign me up please
Yeganeh
Apr 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Ehm ehm hi, hello?!!
This book took me by suprise of how much i enjoyed the idea and concept
~The Infinity Courts is a book with one of those fabulous world building seeds. It’s a book where you’re never sure of what’s happening. Where you can feel this subtle tension and hint of wrongness from the beginning.

~It begins a discussion that revolves around the interaction between humans, AIs, and morality: are humans deserving of a peaceful afterlife? Who gets to decide if someone earns a second chan
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h o l l i s
First of all, you're going to want to scroll right by this review because it probably won't be the best one to read if you want an objective take on the story. Why? Because this book put me into a week long slump (which doesn't sound like a lot but it felt like three years). So this story is on my shitlist.

This was my first read by Bowman and despite my strugglebus experience with reading it, I would try her again. I think this was definitely a story-specific problem, not necessarily a writing p
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delaney
Nov 18, 2020 rated it liked it
**Thank you RivetedLit and Simon & Schuster for hosting a giveaway for the ARC! :)



Do you ever just laugh at an ending? Not because it's good. It's just bad, those plot twists that make you want to smack your head into a wall, and your reaction is to laugh? Just me?

The Infinity Courts has a great concept and great world. If I were to describe it: Alexa hacked the afterlife and is now its ruler. Also, I got serious Angel Beats (an anime) vibes as the humans are rebelling their fate.

A lot of the
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Lisa
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021, arc
This book is so hard to rate because while I struggled with the pacing throughout, I deeply enjoyed the smart and nuanced dialogue about “enemies” and war and making peace with the opposition.

I also loved the world of Infinity, it was rich and complex and I loved leaving more details about it.

So much action happened in the last few chapters it was exciting but also overwhelming. I’m pretty sure there’s a book two because I’m very anxious for more details!
ellie
Feb 08, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2021-release
i will read anything with AI in it. they make for fascinating characters and discussions on human nature and what it means and its!! so!! cool!!!
Inocan Andrei
May 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Beautiful story. With well-exploited themes.
Christina
Jan 30, 2021 rated it liked it
3 stars. The world building and the concept are fantastic. The last fifty pages or so had me completely on the edge of my seat. The book struggled with pacing, however, and I couldn't connect with any of the characters.

Nami is 18 and just embarking on what clearly looks like a promising adult life when she is suddenly murdered on her way to a party. She wakes up in an afterlife called Infinity (think the scientific concept of San Junipero) that is ruled by an AI that is the equivalent of Siri/A
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Frank-Intergalactic Bookdragon
Akemi Dawn Bowman can do nothing wrong.

Now as many of us know Akemi Bowman owns me, she could write a threatening message on a yellow sticky note with neon green ink and I'd still buy and read it. I was curious to see how she would do sci-fi considering her only other stories have been contemporary.

It has the best parts of an Akemi Bowman book as expected with relatable characters and chemistry, but it's also new and refreshing. With a fascinating plot and creative world building fit for a mind
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dezzy
May 08, 2021 marked it as dnf
Shelves: sci-fi, 2021-releases
DNF @ ~17%

agh, i know i know :') i feel rly bad about DNFing this, esp since i love Akemi's other books and this was one of my most anticipated releases! but i was honestly very bored while reading this and i don't wanna fall into a reading slump so i'm gonna put this down for now, and maybe pick it up again later
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ahaana ☽
i loved this so much 😭 literally heart full head empty at this point

read my full review here!
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Alex
Jan 23, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 10-and-11
Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of The Infinity Courts in exchange for an honest review.

The themes! Oh my god the themes! I love what Akemi Dawn Bowman explores in the incredibly morally grey world she creates here, but unfortunately it didn't quite make up for a lot of the pacing issues here. The Infinity Courts, like the AI that the book centers around, it a beautiful idea in theory that ends up really going off the rails in practice. This book both should have been a lot longer
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Ruei (Ruei's Reading Corner)
Full Review & Blog Tour: https://rueisreadingcorner.blogspot.c...

Nami is murdered before she reaches her high school prom party. When she wakes up again, she realizes she's in Infinity, a place where humans go after death.

There Ophelia, a virtual assistant from the human world, has taken over as queen, and the humans are forced to be her servants. Narrowly escaping captivity, Nami discovers that those captured can no longer think on their own.

Because of her extraordinary powers, Nami is appoint
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Charvi
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I- I'm deceased.

That ending - my brain needs time to process this genius writing. Hopefully I'll be sane enough to write a review soon.

5/04/2021

I'm still not okay but here's an attempt at a review

THIS BOOK IS A MASTERPIECE!
Things to love:
- mind-blowing worldbuilding which isn't an info dump
- NAMI'S CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT!!!
- Moral ambiguity and questioning what is good and bad and whether we can even make a distinction
- Characters to simp for!!!
- Enemies to lovers romance <3
- The hero not wantin
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Emma
Feb 05, 2021 marked it as to-read
Stunning cover aside, this book sounds literally amazing & I need it right now. Besides, I've been meaning to read Akemi Dawn Bowman for years, so this will be the motivation I need. Her covers are always so gorgeous ...more
Jennifer
Aww I love The Infinity Courts!! As you've noticed, I have been feeling less affiliated with the YA genre but this book pleasantly surprised me by stabbing me straight to the heartfelt matters. Like Starfish, this is a character-driven novel that focuses on the emotional headspace in its central messaging. With Akemi Dawn Bowman's superb writing, I found this emotionally engaging from the beginning to the end! I'm going to briefly summarise what I particularly enjoyed in The Infinity Courts and ...more
michelle (magical reads)
read on my blog

rep: ownvoices biracial (Japanese, white) protagonist
cw: torture, death

**I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**

The thing about creating monsters is that one day you’ll have to kill them.


I’ve read and enjoyed Akemi Dawn Bowman’s previous books and was excited to read her next one. These were all contemporary, however, so I was intrigued by the announcement of her first science
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Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
HI THIS SOUNDS AMAZING THANKS
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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 bi ...more

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