Review: Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Review: Infinity by Sherrilyn KenyonInfinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Published by St. Martin's Griffin on May 25th 2010
Genres: Fantasy, Horror, YA
Pages: 464
Format: paperback

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?

The thing I like about libraries is that you’ll always find something new. I haven’t been to our local library for years and the English books department has grown since then. There are still so many authors and books which I don’t know, it’s fun to browse. Last time I found the YA series by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Infinity is the first and the series and the only one I took home. If I like it, I can always go back for the others and who knows, maybe I’ll find something else as well.

I just finished Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It’s one of the first zombie books I finished. And they weren’t the undead type zombies, which was original. But the story wasn’t that great. I know there are many people who didn’t like it at all, but I don’t hate it as much. I went in without expectations and that was better than knowing something about the author or story. If I knew there was a whole series before this one, I probably wouldn’t have chosen this one book.

It’s clear that if you don’t know about the world as Kenyon described in her other books, you won’t understand much. I don’t think it’s necessary for a writer to explain everything, especially if the protagonist doesn’t know or understand everything either. But some things are just too easily accepted by the characters and Nick, our protag, doesn’t ask questions. That’s what I find odd.

Nick isn’t the kind of guy to ask questions, he would rather ignore and run. With his mom in danger, he can’t run, but he will ignore. I like Nick though. I can see where he’s coming from. He’s as stubborn as a mule, and that’s okay. He’s the most sarcastic protagonist I’ve met (a trait I can appreciate).

I think the biggest reason why people didn’t like this book is that of the writing style. It’s a book aimed at young adults. It uses slang, abbreviations, brand names and Kenyon expects the readers to understand it. I do, but someone from a different age (mostly older) won’t understand it as much. It becomes hard to identify with Nick if you don’t.

I enjoyed Infinity and I’ll read the other books in the series since I can borrow them from the library. I give it 3 stars for the entertaining story and a fresh take. Maybe the sequel will explain a little more of the world of the Dark Hunter.

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