Illuminae meets The Host in Akemi Dawn Bowman’s The Infinity Courts

If you’ve ever met me, you’ll know I love Akemi Dawn Bowman’s books. She writes beautiful contemporary YA titles that you need to read if you haven’t already! Starfish may be my favourite but Summer Bird Blue and Harley in the Sky aren’t far behind. I’ve been lucky enough to read a manuscript of Akemi’s very first Sci-Fi book titled The Infinity Courts (which you may remember from the cover reveal), and boy oh BOY are we all in for an amazing ride!

As always, we’ll start off with Content Warnings for the book:

  • (Violent) Death
  • Loss/Grief
  • Torture

A quick synopsis:
Imagine a world where death doesn’t equal the end… When Nami is on her way to see her long-term best friend and new boyfriend Finn at a party, she never expected she would die. However, when she wakes up in the afterlife ruled by the rogue AI Ophelia, she finds herself in a world of war between the so-called Residents and the humans who refused to give up their consciousness to become servants. The afterlife, known as Infinity, is separated into four courts ruled by four princes – and Nami finds herself entangled in a complicated relationship with Prince Caelan of Victory who seems at odds with the mysterious (and very!) moody Gil. Now Nami has to fight for more than just her own heart…

When Akemi told me about The Infinity Courts at an event last year, I could tell this book was going to be amazing! Akemi’s writing is sensitive and beautiful, and brings a different tone to Sci-Fi that I adore. It’s like Illuminae (rogue AI! People fighting for control! Tension!) meets The Host (alien species trying to take over! Hidden residency of a resistance with lots of close-knit relationships! Heartbreak!) but with an ending that’ll blow your mind!

Nami is our heroine (although she isn’t one, according to herself) who can walk amongst the Residents undetected and therefore becomes the resistance’s greatest asset. What I really loved about her is her strong sense of morals. I don’t know about you guys but I am a bit of an idealist and I loved seeing Nami question the leaders of the group, and even her enemies, to make them see why their ways are wrong. Her morality is super important towards the end of the book (THAT ENDING!!!) and I’d love to see more characters like her in Sci-Fi books.

Infinity is a world of the future mixed with the past – people wear old-fashioned ballgowns, ride on equestrian Daylings (these horse-like creatures are one of my favourite parts of this book! So much magic, and I am forever a horse girl at heart) but they also have futuristic weapons and gadgets. Because the Residents can’t dream and can only replicate creativity, it falls to the humans to create art while the Residents admire and even envy them. The Infinity Courts is full of binaries – new and old, magic and mundane, beautiful and tragic. This place will suck you in with its festivities and grandness, and tear your heart to pieces with betrayal and loss.

I can’t recommend this book enough! It’s available for pre-order in the US as well as through BookDepository. And if you find it hard to wait until 6th April 2021, you better pick up one of Akemi‘s other books!

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