The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Genre: Fantasy/Sci-fi, Diverse, Young Adult

“Infinity was never built for you; it was built for dreamers.”

Nami Miyamoto is murdered, but when she wakes up, she learns she’s in a place called Infinity, where human consciousness after death. She discovers that Ophelia, a virtual assistant like Siri has taken over the afterlife and is forcing humans into servitude. Nami joins a team of rebels to bring down Ophelia and save the humans under her imprisonment.

After reading the synopsis and seeing the cover of this book, I really wanted to love it. At first, I did, the first couple of chapters are really well-paced and exciting. But as I kept reading I just wasn’t feeling it. I usually like books like this, but even though the concept is cool it didn’t work for me.

The characters didn’t really stand out to me, there was kind of just there to play their part. When it came to Nami, I enjoyed her in the beginning but then her internal dialogue gets somewhat got annoying. She makes a lot of reckless decisions and overall just kept harping on about the same things. The romance felt very random and I didn’t care for it or understand it.

This book has an overarching theme of morality and what it means to be a good or bad person; I enjoyed this. I usually enjoy this theme as someone who loves villains and flawed characters, but it became a bit repetitive. The world-building was very cool, but also didn’t make much sense, how did Ophelia (Siri) take over the afterlife? I just couldn’t get over how much I was supposed to overlook.

The writing was great and the overall concept was really cool, but I just didn’t enjoy it. I felt myself really having to push through this and kept trying to understand how this makes sense. There could be more info in the future books, but because I have no investment in the characters or the world that I won’t be continuing. I am at least happy that the villain was complex enough and that their insults towards humans were on points.

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