the genesis wars – akemi dawn bowman | arc review

The Genesis Wars by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Series: The Infinity Courts #2
Expected publication: April 19th 2022 by Simon Pulse
Age Range: Young adult
Genre: Science fiction


Rating: 4 out of 5.


It’s been ten months since Nami narrowly escaped the Four Courts and Ophelia’s wrath. Ten months since she was betrayed by someone she once considered a friend. Someone she poured her heart out to. And now her family here in the afterlife are gone, captured, and Nami is utterly alone.

On the run, only steps ahead of the AI forces pursuing her, and desperate to free her friends, Nami must take the allies she can find, even if she doesn’t fully trust them. And as she tests the limits of her own power, she must also reckon with the responsibility that entails.

Stakes are high as Nami navigates old enemies, unexpected allies, and an ever-changing landscape filled with dangers and twists at every turn. Along the way, she’ll learn powerful truths about who she can trust and the sacrifices that must be made in order to fight for a better, freer world for all.


Thank you to Akemi Dawn Bowman and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Do note that this review might contain spoilers if you have not read The Infinity Courts.

It was only 10 months ago when Nami faced Ophelia and the princes. The result was the loss of her friends and Nami finding the Borderlands by following the stars. While she tries to warn the people in the Borderlands about Ophelia’s extensive reach, Nami faces resistance. Feeling helpless that no one is willing to help the humans who were trapped in the Four Courts, the only thing she can do is try her best. Riddled with guilt and the determination to save the humans, Nami ventures into War. 

Finding Genesis and allies within was a surprise to Nami. But something is weird with the leader of Genesis. His motives and actions don’t fully encompass the welfare of all humans. Despite that, they have provided Nami a sanctuary after leaving the Borderlands. Nami reunites with friends in The Genesis Wars, but nothing is easy. Nami learns that her mind is stronger than she expected and that she could use it to her advantage.

Throughout the whole book, Nami strives to do her best. Her parents and her sister, Mei, were consistently in her thoughts. They motivated her to make the Afterlife a better place so that Mei wouldn’t be afraid, wouldn’t suffer through a war, and has a refuge after death. Nami surpassed her limitations and discovered more of her abilities.

Never would Nami anticipate any changes between her and Caelan. After his betrayal and the revelation that he had been posing as Gil, Nami refused to be swayed by anything Caelan said or done. As one of the four Princes and the son of Ophelia, how can Nami believe him any longer? However, when things took a turn, Nami wonders if what she knew before was the truth. 

The ending blew me away. I was wondering when the character would make an appearance and how Nami would react. I knew it was coming, but Akemi Dawn Bowman insisted on it being a cliffhanger. To everyone who has read The Genesis Wars, let’s hang out on this cliff together until next year when the finale is released.

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