Author: Akemi Dawn Bowman
Narrator: Mizuo Peck
Audiobook Length: 13 hours 52 minutes
Westworld meets Warcross in this high-stakes, dizzyingly smart sci-fi about a teen girl navigating an afterlife in which she must defeat an AI entity intent on destroying humanity, from award-winning author Akemi Dawn Bowman.
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.
The Infinity Courts is such an amazing concept where the afterlife and AI come together in a new fantasy world. The story surrounds a group of rebels who must band together to save the world. The main character is Nami. She is 18-years-old and just graduated high school, she meets with tragedy on her way to a house party with her friends and crush, Finn. She wakes up in Infinity, a world created from human consciousness for those to go in the afterlife. However, Infinity is ran by an evil AI Queen that a group of human rebels is trying to take down.
The one main issue that I had was the repetitiveness of the main character questioning of morals and those around her. She continues to wonder about those left behind, her potential love interests and friends, herself, and if AIs deserve the same as humans. While all four main concepts are amazing to include and can add a lot to the story, the thoughts are repeated again and again. The ideas are not built upon and instead it felt as if I experienced déjà vu. I do not mind repeating concepts, but not seemingly direct copies. I also feel I am missing something with the main character as she it is almost a cast of Stockholm syndrome where she has sympathy and sides with those that are actively trying to wipe out the humans. While I understand her want for peace, I just needed more backstory and detail for this being a part of her character. She went back and forth a lot about a lot of issues and while it was relatable as humans are not always exact and stick to one decision all the time, I felt that there was not a lot of connection to make them seem like the same character. I have lots of hope that this will all change in the next novel, as it seems these are minor issues that will be worked out as the series goes on.
The romance in this story for Nami felt a little rushed as it starts nice as an enemy to lovers, but then something is missing in the middle before it moves toward the love. Luckily, as this is a series, there is still a lot that can be done with the romance portion, as I just did not connect with it in this story as I usually do in most stories. Nami’s love for her sister is a huge plot while she is in Infinity, which was difficult to fully connect with as Nami died early on in the story, so there was not a lot of time to establish this part of the story.
Overall, the story had a lot of potential as I love the concept of AIs and humans with morality and living together peacefully comes into question. There were many moments that I forgot that this is the afterlife and many of the characters are already dead, as it kept seemingly as if they are fighting the other side to not die. Generally, there was not a lot that was memorable about the middle part of the story, but there is a lot that happens towards the end. A lot is set up for the next novel and this one ends with huge cliffhangers, so the reader will have to wait until 2022 to see what happens next. Although I am still on the fence about my feelings on this story, I definitely will be checking out the sequel, as I am very curious to see how the events unfold and the characters, hopefully, develop!