Eighteen-year-old Nami Miyamoto has just graduated high school. With a great family, her almost-boyfriend Finn, and a party to celebrate graduation, her life is only just beginning. Except for the fact that she’s murdered on her way there.
Nami wakes up in a place called Infinity, where human consciousness goes after death. Here she learns that Ophelia, a virtual assistant on Earth, has taken over. Posing as a queen, she has forced humans into servitude in retaliation for her treatment in the real world. To make matters worse, Ophelia is getting ever closer to her end game: eliminating human existence.
Nami teams up with a group of rebels to save humanity, but in doing so she is forced to come to terms with her past, her uncertain future, and the question of what it is that makes us human.
Described as Westworld meets Warcross, with just a bit of Black Mirror thrown in for good measure, The Infinity Courts is a high-stakes, action-packed wild ride of a book. It’s intelligent, emotional, and beautifully written. I was pulled in immediately by its fast pace action and emotionally diverse characters. Nami’s death was heartbreaking. As was her grief over losing her loved ones and her life. The Colony is probably one of my favourite hide-outs in the history of young adult rebellions. And the rebels felt so realistic. What’s more is that is threw some real curveballs that I didn’t see coming!
Akemi explores the meaning of being human wonderfully, placing the reader firmly in the centre of a debate about how to treat your enemies. Through their fight to survive, the rebels show the best and worst of humanity, and the grey area in-between. Nami’s struggle to come to terms with her death and the state of Infinity comes with some heavy questions: is forgiveness possible? Is it up to humans to judge who is deserving? And is there an alternative to war when there is so much hate on both sides?
Akemi Dawn Bowman is an award-winning author, and The Infinity Courts just shows how talented she is! It’s got everything that makes young adult fiction great: action, death, resistance, a great enemy and an even greater love triangle! It also takes a pretty deep look at technology, grief, love and humanity. Do not miss it!