cover image Infinity Son (The Infinity Cycle #1)

Infinity Son (The Infinity Cycle #1)

Adam Silvera. HarperTeen, $18.99 (368p) ISBN 978-0-06-245782-0

Twin brothers are caught up in a war between two magically imbued factions in this ambitious yet muddled urban fantasy. In an alternate New York City, magic-wielding celestials have fallen out of public favor, though two kinds remain. Heroically inclined Spell Walkers, who seek to defend celestials, and Blood Casters, who steal their magic from mythical creatures. Latinx brothers Emil and Brighton Rey, 18, have always dreamed of manifesting powers. When Emil develops phoenix-based abilities, both Reys find refuge with the Spell Walkers, where they’re drawn into the group’s ongoing struggle for social justice. But they must thwart the Blood Casters’ plan to achieve immortality, a dangerous gambit that could shift the city’s power balance. Silvera (What If It’s Us) intertwines the brothers’ alternating narrative with superpowers, comic book–style action, and mythology, grounding the twins’ story in Brighton’s vlogging ambitions and Emil’s newfound celebrity. Though uneven worldbuilding sometimes keeps the story’s components from fully cohering, fans of Silvera’s inclusive casts and interpersonal dynamics are likely to be pleased. Ages 12–up. [em]Agency: The Bent Agency; translation rights, Janklow & Nesbit Assoc. (Jan.) [/em]