Thursday, 17 June 2010
Review: Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Format: Trade paperback
Released: May 27th, 2010
Grade rating: B
Teenager Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is renowned. But his whole world is suddenly turned upside down on the night his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters - immortal vampire-slayers who risk everything to save humanity - and he quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one that's filled with all kinds of evil. However, before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students start turning into flesh-eating members of the undead. Nick knows he's in real danger and he soon has a lot more to deal with than starting high school: he's under pressure to hide his new friends from his mother and his chainsaw from the principal while trying to impress the girl he has a crush on ? all without getting grounded, suspended...or killed.
Sherrilyn Kenyon is another popular adult author crossing over to YA, and is one whose previous books I've never read, nor have any knowledge of. A quick overview of the Dark-Hunter series brought me up to speed, and I'm glad I read about it beforehand, as I did get a bit confused every now and then.
Acheron (Ash), Adarian and Kyrian are a few of the Dark-Hunter characters who show up in Infinity, and unfortunately none of them are explained all that well. I think Kenyon could have given them a more in-depth introduction because, like me, many YA readers picking up Infinity will have no idea who they are, or what their world is about. You can guess and fill in the blanks yourself, but it does get a bit frustrating.
On the subject of the Dark-Hunter men, Ash and Kyrian are brilliant. I love Ash, and Kyrian can kick some ass when he needs to. They're both mentors to newcomer Nick who, after getting over the presence of supernatural creatures a little too easily, embraces his purpose and gets on with slaying some zombies. I don't have a good history with zombies in YA, but I didn't mind them too much in this. Also, there are hardly any vampires in Infinity, so I'm hoping they'll be more prominent in future books in the series.
While it does have some flaws, Infinity is a compelling start to the Chronicles of Nick series, and has introduced me to some wonderful new characters. Kenyon writes with a strong personal flair which I enjoyed, though I could have done with a few less uses of the word 'dang'. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, and more of Nick's transition into the world of the Dark-Hunters. I think it's going to be an exciting ride.