Book Review & Aesthetic: The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman

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TITLE: The Infinity Courts
AUTHOR: Akemi Dawn Bowman
PUBLISHER: Simon Pulse
RELEASE DATE: April 6th, 2021
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT FICTION – Fantasy, Sci-Fi

This post is a stop on a blog review tour by Turn the Page Tours, so make sure to visit all of the other stops on this tour! It’s only day two, so get excited for the rest of the posts to come!

At a glance: 18 year old Nami is on her way to a high school party when she is murdered on the way. When she wakes up in the afterlife, she finds out our favorite AI has taken over the afterlife & it’s up to Nami to defeat her.

  • 📖 Couldn’t Put It Down
  • 🌏 Mixed East Asian Rep
  • 📚 First in Series
  • 🎲 Plot Twists

Read this if… you want a fun and unique science fiction fantasy book, if you talk to Siri, Alexa or Google Assistant with respect, if you’re looking for action packed royal court infiltration.

Diversity Representation: Biracial Main Character, queer side character

Content Warnings: homicide, reference to torture, death, gun violence, slavery, nightmares about traumatic events

The Infinity Courts is a book that I have been looking forward to for months. I’m so so glad I got to read it as participation in this book tour. I was gripped right from the beginning, and my attention and excitement never waivered while reading. It was such a good book, I can’t wait for the rest of the series, and the first book doesn’t even come out until tomorrow!!

I know I’m still new to this career path, but I’m pretty sure spies fare better when they aren’t under scrutiny.

Peace doesn’t mean all the bad disappears. It just means finding a way to live with it. Peace is keeping the darkness at bay long enough to get through the day

Infinity Courts is about an 18 year old girl, Nami, who is on her way to a party, where she is finally going to define the relationship with her first love, and best friend. On the way, she is murdered in a robbery, and wakes up in the afterlife, which has been taken over by the artificial intelligence assistant, Ophelia (you may know her counterparts, Siri and Alexa).

Honestly, this book blew me away. Books like this are the reason that I like to read YA. It was fast paced, action packed, creative, and confusing. It followed some great YA tropes, but did them so well! And I can genuinely say that I did not see the ending coming. I literally gasped! Maybe I just wasn’t paying enough attention, but it really got me!

The best part for me was that Nami is a half Asian main character!!! GOSH, when do we ever see that? (if you have recommendations for me for other half Asian MCs, please please send them my way) I was immediately drawn to that. As a half Asian woman myself, it was so nice to see Nami be such a badass and care for others in the way that she did. Even through her mistakes and stubbornness, she was so REAL. So HUMAN. It’s far too often that mixed characters are regarded as monstrosities, mutts, mongrels, whatever. As you can imagine, it’s not fun to read. (Bonus: Check out this article by the inspirational Aliette de Bodard on this topic) I wish I saw characters like Nami more often.

If people can’t be bothered to understand each other, they’ll always be at war.

Maybe we aren’t supposed to say whether one kind of cage is kinder than another, because a cage is a cage.

Akemi Dawn Bowman really did a fantastic job with this book. It’s not just about Nami’s adventure in the afterlife. It’s about grief, hope, love, uncertainty, and what it means to be human. It begs the question that we will all have to ask eventually, what really separates humans from AI? What makes us human in life or in the after life? What are we willing to risk for freedom? Is it really so easy to forget who you are?

Aesthetics

This board was really hard for me! Infinity is so vivid, but putting together pieces of it didn’t seem to do it justice. It’s everything at once, in a magnificent way, but it is also terrifying in it’s dystopia. It really gave me a much bigger appreciation for Akemi!! I thought it would come together so easily because of how vivid the world is, but it’s just such an experience to read. Amazing!!

Summing it all up

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!

The Infinity Courts Summary

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.

From award-winning author Akemi Dawn Bowman comes an incisive, action-packed tale that explores big questions about technology, grief, love, and humanity.

about the author

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 bio. You can find Akemi on Instagram @AkemiDawnBowman.


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

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An AI has taken over the world of the dead? I’m definitely reading this!