We’re so excited to be bringing y’all our review tour for The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman. This beautiful, exciting fantasy will have you completely weaved into the story and its characters, and we hope you’re just as excited as we are to celebrate its release!
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The Infinity Courts
by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Published by Simon Pulse
Releasing on April 6th, 2021
YOUNG ADULT FICTION–Fantasy, Sci-Fi
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.
From award-winning author Akemi Dawn Bowman comes an incisive, action-packed tale that explores big questions about technology, grief, love, and humanity.
Can you tell us a bit about you and The Infinity Courts?
I’m an author of several YA contemporaries, and although THE INFINITY COURTS is my official sci-fi/fantasy debut, SFF is actually the genre I first started writing in when I dreamt of being an author many, many years ago. So in some ways, this feels like getting back to my roots!
THE INFINITY COURTS is about a teen who wakes up in the afterlife and discovers it’s been taken over by an AI known as Ophelia. It’s a combination of some of my favorite things—robots, superpowers, and Jane Austen—and I’m very excited for everyone to learn more about this weird, fantastical afterlife called Infinity.
What are your favorite and least favorite parts of publishing?
Favorite part is the magic of seeing a book come to life in all its forms. From the editing process, to seeing the cover, to holding the physical book in my hands… It’s like watching a Pokémon level up!
Least favorite is probably the anxiety, worry, and terror that comes along with wondering if anyone will actually read the book when it comes out. But that is probably a “me” thing. I’m an over-thinker. Something I need to work on!
What part of The Infinity Courts was the easiest and most fun to write?
I love writing descriptions. They tend to be the moments where I can be the most poetic, and I adore bringing images to life with my words. I’m a really visual person, and when I’m reading, I want to be able to picture things vividly in my mind. So creating these scenes is a genuine joy.
If your main character suddenly became real, do you think the two of you would get along?
This isn’t the case for every book, but for Nami, definitely. I think we both have a deep need to understand other people, and get to the root of why they make the choices they do. We empathize a lot—sometimes to the point where we forget to look after ourselves, which maybe isn’t always a good thing—and we try really hard to do the “right” thing. I think that probably makes us well suited to each other. Nami cares more about a person’s growth than their mistakes, which (I think) is a nice quality to have in a friend. Also, we could easily talk about Animal Crossing and Star Wars all day and be very happy.
What do you need in your writing space to help you stay focused?
I need the quiet! I need to be left totally alone to work without any interruptions or distractions. It’s the only way I can get that hyperfocus I need to churn out lots of words and really sink into the story I’m working on.
If there was one scene in your book you could teleport to and watch in-person, which would it be and why?
The ballroom scenes. I love period dramas and anything Jane Austen-esque. And the dance/party scenes in THE INFINITY COURTS have a magical twist to them, which I think would be so gorgeous to see in real life. Granted, I’d like to be completely veiled so the Residents would leave me alone. (Safety first, and all that!)
Is there a specific theme you found yourself following in The Infinity Courts?
There is a bit of a theme that Nami subtly mentions early on, but I’m worried if I point it out, it will be too close to spoiler territory. So I’ll play it safe here and just say that I continuously kept in mind that I was writing a sci-fi concept set in a fantastical world. It really is a mash-up of both, and doesn’t really neatly fit into a genre.
Finally, is there anything you’re currently working on, and if so, can you give us any details?
I’m currently drafting my next middle-grade, which is about ghosts, a haunted house, and a family mystery. I pitched it as Coraline meets Pan’s Labyrinth, and it’s been a lot of fun to write so far. I also recently announced THE INFINITY COURTS is going to be a trilogy, so after I’ve wrapped up edits on the sequel, I’ll be getting to work on drafting book three. I’m really excited to expand this world, and give readers even more insight on the Four Courts and the people (and monsters) who live there.
Akemi Dawn Bowman is a critically-acclaimed author who writes across genres. Her novels have received multiple accolades and award nominations, and her debut novel, STARFISH, was a William C. Morris Award Finalist. She has a BA in social sciences from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and currently lives in Scotland with her husband and two children. She overthinks everything, including this bio. You can find Akemi on Instagram @AkemiDawnBowman.
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