The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman – REVIEW
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.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.
Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
“If the only power I have are my words, then I’m going to use them.”
As part of Akemi’s street team, I was lucky enough to receive a manuscript copy of The Infinity Courts a while ago and I have to confess I’ve already read it twice because I just love it so much. Fans of the author will already know that she has the most beautiful writing style and the prose is as stunning as always in this offering. This is the first sci-fi from Akemi, a departure from her usual contemporary genre, but it’s just as beautiful and full of emotional moments.
“Every human story has a hero.”
The action begins with eighteen-year-old Nami being murdered and waking up in Infinity, an afterlife created from human consciousness. She quickly finds herself part of a rebellion of aware humans who are trying to destroy the AIs that control Infinity. Technology and the potential of AI is used to explore what makes us human and it’s hard to decide where the line is between human consciousness and advanced AI.
“One raindrop is just a raindrop, but together? They become a storm.”
The world building is layered, rich and extensive, utterly engrossing the reader and I can’t wait to explore more of this world in the next book. Nami is a captivating main character and her inner conflict and questioning are so relatable. She understands there are different types of prisons and that the urge for freedom is shared by both humans and AI. Her main strength though is her huge capacity for hope and fervent belief in the possibility of change.
“I’m one half of a star, bursting across the sky with the only boy that makes my heart feel like it’s on fire.”
As is to be expected of a book by Akemi, this is a thought-provoking and complex tale. The well-paced plot is elevated by a number of memorable characters and you’ll be begging for the next book by the end. The Infinity Courts is a beautifully written and captivating tale set in an inventive world and anchored by a sympathetic protagonist. Exploring questions of freedom, grief, and humanity, this is definitely not one to miss.