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Infinity Reaper: Infinity Cycle, Book 2

By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Bonds fray, but hope survives in exciting superhero sequel.

Book Adam Silvera Fantasy 2021
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This gripping fantasy sequel set in a near-future New York is eerily familiar. In Infinity Reaper, celestials (people born with superpowers) and specters (people who acquire powers from endangered mythical creatures) are pitted against those lacking superpowers in a contentious presidential election year. The celestial vigilante group the Spell Walkers have kept the specter gang the Blood Casters in check for decades, but the anti-power movement frames them all as terrorists to be locked up in special prisons, called Bounds, to prevent the use of any powers at all. This premise is an accessible way for teens to explore the 2020 U.S. election, media literacy, identity-based divisions, police brutality and justice system failures.

The richly developed characters are authentically true to life. Sweet romances and scenes of rest and rejuvenation amidst war advocate self-care and connection with others as an antidote to hard times. A satisfying page-turner, this tale includes thoughtful, nuanced explorations of morality, family relationships, and trauma. Though the violence may disturb some readers, it is not without purpose, and devastating consequences are shown. Given all Silvera gets right, brief moments of confusion amidst the multiple storylines and Brighton's ongoing unlikability can be forgiven. This wonderfully executed follow-up ends in typical cliffhanger fashion, stoking fans' appetite for the final book in this thrilling trilogy.

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