Reviewer: Jillean Wallace
Title: Infinity - 1st in the Chronicles of Nick series
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Publisher: St. Martin's
ISBN-13: 978-0-312-59907-2 (Hardcover)
Release Date: May 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: YA Paranormal Fiction
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 12 and up
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 12 and up
Year/Setting: Present day, New Orleans LA
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Sherrilyn's Website/Blog: www.sherrilynkenyon.com
Nick Gauthier is a seemingly normal, streetwise fourteen-year old living in New Orleans. He faces what any other teenager would face in school. He is one of the fortunate few who are accepted into private school on merit instead of wealth. Of course, this means that Nick is constantly bullied and he finds himself in the principal’s office on more than one occasion. Nick’s mother tries to provide as much as she can for Nick so that he is able to go to the best school and hopefully make something of himself. What Nick doesn’t realize is that he is about to come to a crossroads that may affect all of humanity.
After meeting up with his friends late one night, Nick finds out all too well who his real friends are. His friends decide to hold a couple at gunpoint and pin Nick to keep an eye out for cops. Nick makes a life changing decision by stepping up and helping the couple to escape unharmed. Nick’s “friends” turn on him and Nick finds himself at the wrong end of a gun. Nick is shot and the other boys start beating him close to the point of death. Just as Nick is about to lose consciousness, a mysterious stranger emerges from the shadows to help. He quickly subdues the attackers and rushes Nick to the hospital. Once he wakes up, the stranger introduces himself as Kyrian and offers Nick a job. Nick reluctantly agrees and realizes working for the mysterious Kyrian is going to be anything but ordinary.
Unbeknownst to Nick, life is about to change for him. Nick soon begins to learn that there is a far bigger realm hiding just beneath what humans see. This world is full of werewolves, zombies and vampire-like creatures charged with keeping humans safe. Nick doesn’t realize that he is to become an integral part of this newly unveiled world.
I was so excited to actually be doing a review for a Sherrilyn Kenyon book. I am a huge fan of her Dark-Hunter series and was excited to learn she would be giving Nick his own series. I always like when an author takes out a character and gives them more of a back-story so that the reader gets to know a character more deeply. I loved learning more of Nick’s background that isn’t really mentioned in depth in the original series. We learn that he’s had a hard life being a smart kid in a school with rich kids while his mother works as a stripper to make ends meet. He’s quick-witted, street-smart, and quick to defend his mother to kids that have never worried about money. With the introduction of the Dark-Hunters, Nick is able to hone his natural abilities and given an outlet to really come into his own.
I would definitely recommend this book to fans of the Dark-Hunter series. I would also recommend this book to those readers whose children are interested in the original series. Nick’s story is still exceptional and works well with the Dark-Hunter series but doesn’t have the violence or sexual content that the original series has. This would be a good starting point for teenagers who can then progress to the original series as they get older.
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