Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
PublicationDate: June 2010 (UK) / May 2010 (US)
Publisher: Atom (UK) / St Martin’s Griffin (US)
Paperback: 306 pages
RATING: 6/10 – good
At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends. . .until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity. Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one: a world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead.
But before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh eating zombies. And he’s next on the menu. As if starting high school isn’t hard enough. . .now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chainsaw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended. How in the world is he supposed to do that?
Nick Gautier is a fairly normal teenage boy but his life is difficult. His mum’s trying to keep them above the bread line by working as an exotic dancer, he has to wear second hand clothes at the insistence of his mother, to the joy of the school bullies and his father is in jail for killing 12 people. But for all of this Nick is quite a good boy and loves his mum. Their relationship is a close one and you can feel their love for one another.
But underneath this semi-normal existence there is a part of Nick he is unyet aware of. A darkness he feels fleetingly but doesn’t acknowledge. Over the course of Infinity, Nick comes into contact with people and creatures he never thought existed and so to some level comes to understand some of this darkness, but not really how or why it involves him.
There’s really two main stories running along side one another. The first is regarding Nick and his destiny, which isn’t actually revealed, although we are bombarded with lots of characters who have everything to do with this part of the story. The second is about zombie school kids running riot and the way the zombies are made means they’re not actually dead, but created by another kid at school. As the onset of zombie mayhem ensues, Nick and a few others try and find a way to stop the zombies before it gets really out of control.
Infinity is an easy to read book but unfortunately contains far too many characters for a first instalment. I had to keep returning to certain pages to remind myself who so-and-so was, just to keep up with them all. Sometimes the transition from one character to another was not written very smoothly.
There is a revelation in the latter chapters, which grabbed my waining attention, but I’m not going to mention what it is as I think it is meant to have some shock value or at least be a surprise element, but because of the way this book is written, I nearly missed it. I wasn’t sure if it was a misprint of a name, but after rereading it a couple of times realisation dawned. Unfortunately the surprise factor was lost amongst the clunky writing.
This book is quite confusing at times. I did understand it but a few passages had to be reread to achieve this level of understanding! I’m wondering how much the adult series is injected into this book. I feel as though I’m missing something and wonder if Kenyon relied too much on the assumption that readers would have read her adult series.
Overall, even with all it’s faults, Infinity is quite a fun read and for the most part I enjoyed it. I liked Nicks interactions with his mum and friends. He’s quite a sarcastic character and his humour had me smiling a few times. At times the dialogue and thought processes of the characters made me feel that this book would be better suited for the younger end of the YA spectrum but I am interested in seeing where Nick’s life is taking him, so I will probably check out the next book.
What Infinity has done though, is heighten my interest in Kenyon’s adult novels, which I will most certainly check out.
SOURCE: Thank you to Atom for sending me this book to review.
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