I have an annual ritual wherein I start the year with a book I know I’m going to love so as to have a good start. And guess which book I chose this year?
The Infinity Courts went far and beyond my expectations, and let me tell you, I have high expectations when it comes to Akemi Dawn Bowman. I wish I could just squeal and type saudjhqowadjquwgjhdnqpiaskjdfhoqweiha and it would qualify for a review. We need AI to decipher this language cause I’m still unable to process this masterpiece.
Anyway, if somehow this is the first time you’re hearing about The Infinity Courts (either you just started following me or somehow you’re living under a rock) then here’s what this book is about!
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.
I men how can you resist this blurb? If you still aren’t tempted to pick this book up then don’t worry, I have quite a few persuasive arguments lined up!
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5 Reasons to Read The Infinity Courts: A Mindblowing Masterpiece
The Spell-bounding Worldbuilding
We start the story on earth but quickly progress to the afterlife and the world that lies there. It’s always a credit to a sci-fi/fantasy author’s writing when I don’t get confused in the worldbuilding. But not only that, I loved discovering the different elements in the world of TIC: the kingdoms and their princes, the way the Residents operated and the manner in which they tried to replicate human surroundings and lifestyle. It was absolutely fascinating to read about! Bowman builds up the world slowly and steadily and makes you fall in love with every piece of this world.
Debates on Morality; Good vs Evil
This has to be my favourite part of the book! The Infinity Courts is built on a base of raising and questioning moral issues and debating them through the characters and the plot and I love absolutely every bit of it. Nami takes us head-first into the debate of whether AI have any emotions, are they not even remotely capable of human sentiment? And even if not, what makes it okay for humans to treat them callously? I think it’s a very well written dialogue woven through Nami’s emotions and journeys as she stumbles around, trying to find answers.
I love how nothing is black and white here, it reflects life as we know it and this is something Nami is grappling with throughout the book.
The Will-They-Won’t-They Romance Triangle
Look, I’m not a love-triangle fan but it really works for this book, for reasons I can’t dive into. I don’t even know if I can reveal the people in the love triangle but all I’ll say is damn, Nami has some choices ahead of her. There’s a sort of slow-burn and hate-to-love going on as well which is so delightful to read about. Does it take 300 pages for the romance to lead somewhere? Maybe. But it’s all worth it in my opinion. I’m treading on thin ice here but what I can say I loved is that the romance doesn’t take away from the story or Nami as a character. It only adds to her conflicts and journey and the plot as a whole and isn’t that the best kind of romance?
Nami as a Character is SO FREAKING RELATABLE!
It’s always a struggle for me to love a book if I don’t vibe with the mc but right off the bat, Nami felt so relatable. She’s a lost puppy in the afterlife, trying to find some answers and deal with the fact that she’s dead. In the beginning all she wants to do is go back to her life and not be a hero which is honestly so realistic. Your first thought upon dying isn’t to accommodate yourself into the afterlife and be a hero. All you want is familiarity. Nami doesn’t really fit in, with her superpowers or with her thoughts and it’s refreshing to see her question everything around her and want to make her own decisions and live freely. She’s also pretty likeable and strong and I honestly can’t wait to see how she further develops in the second book!
That plot twist has me dead…
You all I still can’t believe Akemi pulled that plot twist over us. I swear I read the same part like three times before I believed it. I won’t tell you how early or late this plot twist comes in but believe me when I say this, you will be blown away. And if you want to scream about it please pop into my dms, I will take all the TIC refugees in shock from the plot twist.
Is The Infinity Courts on your TBR? Have you read any other book by Akemi Dawn Bowman?
What are some of your favourite sci-fi tropes and settings?
Have you read any books set in the afterlife? I have and I absolutely love this setting! We need more afterlife books 🙂