the infinity courts – akemi dawn bowman | review

The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman


Series: The Infinity Courts #1
Published April 6th 2021 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Age Range: Young Adult
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance
Representation: Japanese-White MC

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Synopsis:

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.


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trigger and content warnings:
  • death, murder, gun violence, references to torture, underage drinking (mention), gore, injuries/wounds, mind manipulation/control, nightmares (trauma related), forced servitude, threat
  • taken from bella’s goodreads

The Infinity Courts is Akemi Dawn Bowman’s first fantasy novel so I was curious about how different this would be to her contemporary books. Glad to say, I wasn’t disappointed at all. I enjoyed The Infinity Courts greatly. The concept of human consciousness in the afterlife being taken over by artificial intelligence is pretty cool.

Before Nami Miyamoto could properly live her life, she was murdered. When she woke up, Nami found herself at Infinity, created from human consciousness, ruled by Ophelia, an artificial intelligence assistant popular in the human realm. Confused with how her trusty, useful AI when she was alive would turn out to be a nefarious leader in Infinity, Nami tries to figure out the truth. In this world, those who took the pill are rendered as puppets of Ophelia while others still have agency of their own consciousness.

Cleverly, Nami prevented herself from falling into that trap and was rescued by Shura, Theo, and Ahmet. Infinity is separated into four different courts, each ruled by a Prince, a son of Ophelia. The rebels’ current hideout, the Colony, is in the Victory land of Prince Caelan. Other courts include Famine, War, and Death.

For someone new to the whole “AI hacked into afterlife” situation, a lot of pressure is put on Nami to be the “hero”. The people in the Colony often disregarded her whenever Nami pleaded for them to listen to her ideas. Until they required her to do something, Nami is expected to be obedient.

Compassionate and kind, Nami doesn’t believe in generalizing a whole group of people by the actions of a few. Strongly believing that she could do something about the effects of the pills, she often puts herself in dangerous situations to be closer to the mindless Residents. Having a special connection with Ophelia meant that Nami gradually discovered the AI’s motives behind overtaking Infinity from humans.

The twist at the end was unexpected and exciting! I gasped in shock so loudly. Akemi Dawn Bowman’s debut science fiction novel is amazing and will definitely look forward to her future non-contemporary romance books. I can’t wait for The Genesis Wars.

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