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Nami’s continuing adventures as she fights to free her friends. It’s been ten months since Nami narrowly escaped the Four Courts and Ophelia’s wrath. Ten months since she was betrayed by someone she once considered a friend. Someone she poured her heart out to. And now her family here in the afterlife are gone, captured, and Nami is utterly alone. On the run, only steps ahe Nami’s continuing adventures as she fights to free her friends. It’s been ten months since Nami narrowly escaped the Four Courts and Ophelia’s wrath. Ten months since she was betrayed by someone she once considered a friend. Someone she poured her heart out to. And now her family here in the afterlife are gone, captured, and Nami is utterly alone. On the run, only steps ahead of the AI forces pursuing her, and desperate to free her friends, Nami must take the allies she can find, even if she doesn’t fully trust them. And as she tests the limits of her own power, she must also reckon with the responsibility that entails. Stakes are high as Nami navigates old enemies, unexpected allies, and an ever-changing landscape filled with dangers and twists at every turn. Along the way, she’ll learn powerful truths about who she can trust and the sacrifices that must be made in order to fight for a better, freer world for all.


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Nami’s continuing adventures as she fights to free her friends. It’s been ten months since Nami narrowly escaped the Four Courts and Ophelia’s wrath. Ten months since she was betrayed by someone she once considered a friend. Someone she poured her heart out to. And now her family here in the afterlife are gone, captured, and Nami is utterly alone. On the run, only steps ahe Nami’s continuing adventures as she fights to free her friends. It’s been ten months since Nami narrowly escaped the Four Courts and Ophelia’s wrath. Ten months since she was betrayed by someone she once considered a friend. Someone she poured her heart out to. And now her family here in the afterlife are gone, captured, and Nami is utterly alone. On the run, only steps ahead of the AI forces pursuing her, and desperate to free her friends, Nami must take the allies she can find, even if she doesn’t fully trust them. And as she tests the limits of her own power, she must also reckon with the responsibility that entails. Stakes are high as Nami navigates old enemies, unexpected allies, and an ever-changing landscape filled with dangers and twists at every turn. Along the way, she’ll learn powerful truths about who she can trust and the sacrifices that must be made in order to fight for a better, freer world for all.

30 review for The Genesis Wars

  1. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    after how the first book ended, this sequel is exactly what i thought it would be - filler. its just the natural progression of how the storyline is going - it just needs that follow up book for more world-building and character development. nothing really major happens plot-wise, its more of a recovery book after the intense ending of the previous. which is fine. i wish it had more twists and turns and excitement (everything i loved about the first book), but i gets why this sequel is the way i after how the first book ended, this sequel is exactly what i thought it would be - filler. its just the natural progression of how the storyline is going - it just needs that follow up book for more world-building and character development. nothing really major happens plot-wise, its more of a recovery book after the intense ending of the previous. which is fine. i wish it had more twists and turns and excitement (everything i loved about the first book), but i gets why this sequel is the way it is. the writing is still really good and im still loving being in the world of infinity. although this installment definitely has a “lesser stakes” feel, its still very much engaging and a great set-up for the next book! ↠ 3.5 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    elhyza

    7/1/21 UPDATE: MY GOD I JUST NOTICED WE GOT A COVER AND SYNOPSIS?!??! its so beautiful im losing my mind, nami coming back to me! 4/27/21: just finished infinity courts and im still in shock, emotionally traumatized. 2022 come sooner i need this in my hands right now💔

  3. 4 out of 5

    Althea ☾

    update: ARC HAS BEEN SECURED BESTIES *excitement excitement* *ARC sent by the publisher -Simon & Schuster- for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bree Dawn

    I cannot emphasize enough just how badly my heart shattered after the plot twist of book one. thus, I no longer trust Bowman with my heart, but here we are, waiting in pain for book #2.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Yeganeh

    ~3.5 stars~ Wow! I was not under the impression that this book is a trilogy, though. I kept reading thinking why everything is going to shit again until I reached the ending, and here goes another cliffhanger. NICE! 😃 What left me alittle sour: The beginning of the book is slow to get moving with Nami focused on training and trying to recruit the borderlands to her cause without any success. Once she moves on, the book really picks up, and the last jalf is action packed and fast. Overall, I enjoyed ~3.5 stars~ Wow! I was not under the impression that this book is a trilogy, though. I kept reading thinking why everything is going to shit again until I reached the ending, and here goes another cliffhanger. NICE! 😃 What left me alittle sour: The beginning of the book is slow to get moving with Nami focused on training and trying to recruit the borderlands to her cause without any success. Once she moves on, the book really picks up, and the last jalf is action packed and fast. Overall, I enjoyed The Genesis Wars! Readers will not be bored because things move quickly as Nami navigates the problems that come her way. There are a lot of major twists (especially at the end) in this adventure. Here goes another year for finale. 💪

  6. 4 out of 5

    cherelle

    we have a cover and a synopsis and it's freaking gorgeous and i'm so scared?? only about ha-ha-ha 9 months to go... i'll be totally okay *coughs* the lies we tell ourselves we have a cover and a synopsis and it's freaking gorgeous and i'm so scared?? only about ha-ha-ha 9 months to go... i'll be totally okay *coughs* the lies we tell ourselves

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ash

    Um, what the hell just happened? I am currently in a state of shock. I feel like I've been hit by a train, brought back to life, and hit by a train again. Because there wasn't one plot-twist and the end. There were two. And now I have to WAIT? Um, what the hell just happened? I am currently in a state of shock. I feel like I've been hit by a train, brought back to life, and hit by a train again. Because there wasn't one plot-twist and the end. There were two. And now I have to WAIT?

  8. 5 out of 5

    Charvi

    OH MY GOD THE ENDING?!?! THIS BOOK WAS SUCH A ROLLERCOASTER RIDE, I JUST NEED MORE ANSWERS ADFURUT74SWYG

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    4.5* Ah, we're back with another fabulous installment in the Infinity Courts series! There is so much excitement and character development in this book that I don't even know where to start! Okay, I'll start with my one minor qualm so I can get to the good stuff: sometimes I didn't quite remember all the things the author seemed to think I'd remember from the first book. But that is just as likely my fault, so there's that. I had a few "wait who/what/where now?" moments, but aside from that, 4.5* Ah, we're back with another fabulous installment in the Infinity Courts series! There is so much excitement and character development in this book that I don't even know where to start! Okay, I'll start with my one minor qualm so I can get to the good stuff: sometimes I didn't quite remember all the things the author seemed to think I'd remember from the first book. But that is just as likely my fault, so there's that. I had a few "wait who/what/where now?" moments, but aside from that, was totally invested. Nami has changed so much during her time in the quasi-afterlife, and you can immediately see the toll this world has taken on her. It's hard to witness, really, but also incredibly honest and realistic. Now, she's trying to save all of humanity, and especially, her sister. Nami refuses to concede and allow humankind to basically have their minds wiped for eternity, which frankly, is fair. Even if that means that she won't survive. Basically, the book is so full of excitement that I didn't want to stop reading. And then, just when I thought things couldn't get any more exciting, the author outdoes herself with an incredible climax and a bonkers ending that had me begging for more. Honestly, a great sequel with absolutely no middle-book syndrome whatsoever. Bottom Line: Desperately require Book 3, especially after a completely bananas ending. You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cassidy

    update 6/27/2021: OMG OMG OMG GUYS WE HAVE A COVER AND A SYNOPSISSSS!!!! to whom do i need to sell my soul to for this book???

  11. 4 out of 5

    belle ☆ミ (thisbellereadstoo)

    It was only 10 months ago when Nami faced Ophelia and the princes. The result was the loss of her friends and Nami finding the Borderlands by following the stars. While she tries to warn the people in the Borderlands about Ophelia’s extensive reach, Nami faces resistance. Feeling helpless that no one is willing to help the humans who were trapped in the Four Courts, the only thing she can do is try her best. Riddled with guilt and the determination to save the humans, Nami ventures into War. Fin It was only 10 months ago when Nami faced Ophelia and the princes. The result was the loss of her friends and Nami finding the Borderlands by following the stars. While she tries to warn the people in the Borderlands about Ophelia’s extensive reach, Nami faces resistance. Feeling helpless that no one is willing to help the humans who were trapped in the Four Courts, the only thing she can do is try her best. Riddled with guilt and the determination to save the humans, Nami ventures into War. Finding Genesis and allies within was a surprise to Nami. But something is weird with the leader of Genesis. His motives and actions don’t fully encompass the welfare of all humans. Despite that, they have provided Nami a sanctuary after leaving the Borderlands. Nami reunites with friends in The Genesis Wars, but nothing is easy. Nami learns that her mind is stronger than she expected and that she could use it to her advantage. Throughout the whole book, Nami strives to do her best. Her parents and her sister, Mei, were consistently in her thoughts. They motivated her to make the Afterlife a better place so that Mei wouldn’t be afraid, wouldn’t suffer through a war, and has a refuge after death. Nami surpassed her limitations and discovered more of her abilities. Never would Nami anticipate any changes between her and Caelan. After his betrayal and the revelation that he had been posing as Gil, Nami refused to be swayed by anything Caelan said or done. As one of the four Princes and the son of Ophelia, how can Nami believe him any longer? However, when things took a turn, Nami wonders if what she knew before was the truth. The ending blew me away. I was wondering when the character would make an appearance and how Nami would react. I knew it was coming, but Akemi Dawn Bowman insisted on it being a cliffhanger. To everyone who has read The Genesis Wars, let’s hang out on this cliff together until next year when the finale is released.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Patty (IheartYA311)

    This was my most anticipated book of the year. The story started off very, very slowly but once the action started I was invested. As usual, the writing and world building is phenomenal. Also as usual, sequels don't live up to their predecessors. I definitely would have been more satisfied with a complete resolution but the ending leaves much to be wanted. The world created is fantastic and the series would benefit from novellas in the perspectives of other characters. So many possibilities for This was my most anticipated book of the year. The story started off very, very slowly but once the action started I was invested. As usual, the writing and world building is phenomenal. Also as usual, sequels don't live up to their predecessors. I definitely would have been more satisfied with a complete resolution but the ending leaves much to be wanted. The world created is fantastic and the series would benefit from novellas in the perspectives of other characters. So many possibilities for continuing Infinity!

  13. 4 out of 5

    l i l y

    read 5/13/22: april 2022 has reached us. (or june 2022 cause i never got around to reviewing this ;-;) but nonetheless, this book was exactly what i waited 11 months to read. it's such a perfect continuation to one of my favorite series of all time. the world-building, the characters, the plot twists??? were all amazing. just like i wrote in my review of the infinity courts, ophelia is still relatable. which is annoying, as i'm over here trying to hate her, but i can completely sympathize with her read 5/13/22: april 2022 has reached us. (or june 2022 cause i never got around to reviewing this ;-;) but nonetheless, this book was exactly what i waited 11 months to read. it's such a perfect continuation to one of my favorite series of all time. the world-building, the characters, the plot twists??? were all amazing. just like i wrote in my review of the infinity courts, ophelia is still relatable. which is annoying, as i'm over here trying to hate her, but i can completely sympathize with her and justify every decision she makes. why. and lastly, (view spoiler)[ if nami and caelan don't get their happy ending in famine with the colony and damon and his prince (i need his name so i can ship them), i will revolt. (hide spoiler)] ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- pre-release 7/23/21: WE HAVE A TITLE, COVER, AND RELEASE DATE FOR INFINITY COURTS 2??????? IM DYING INSIDE I NEEDED THIS FOR SO LONG AHHHHHHHH I NEED APRIL 2022 NOW *internal fangirling* 💔💔💔

  14. 4 out of 5

    Teri

    While I love the concept of this series, I was on the fence about continuing with it while reading the first book. Until I hit that mind-blowing cliffhanger of an ending. This second book was exactly the same for me. The Genesis Wars picks up ten months after the ending of The Infinity Courts. Nami is still reeling from Prince Caelan’s betrayal, and the people she considers her family in the afterlife are missing. She’s full of guilt and blames herself. She’s spent this time undergoing intense tr While I love the concept of this series, I was on the fence about continuing with it while reading the first book. Until I hit that mind-blowing cliffhanger of an ending. This second book was exactly the same for me. The Genesis Wars picks up ten months after the ending of The Infinity Courts. Nami is still reeling from Prince Caelan’s betrayal, and the people she considers her family in the afterlife are missing. She’s full of guilt and blames herself. She’s spent this time undergoing intense training in hopes of becoming strong enough to rescue them. The first quarter of this book moved slowly for me. Nami talks a lot about training, her family, and her need to find them – but it’s just talk for quite a while and no action. Soon the storyline picks up, and several new characters are introduced, all of them wonderful additions and a few excellent allies (especially Kasia and Nix). While the majority of the first book is spent in the court of Victory, most of this book is set in the court of War – which means Prince Caelan’s brother Ettore (who’s quite partial to torture) gets a good amount of page time. He’s a character you love to hate. The action scenes are tension-filled and easy to visualize, the romance a little angsty, the characters flawed and relatable, and the politics a strategic minefield. A couple of twists are sure to have you picking your jaw off the floor, and the final one ensures I’ll be requesting the next book the second I see it on NetGalley. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Frank-Intergalactic Bookdragon

    The Genesis Wars is an incredible sequel to The Infinity Courts. The characters and world continue to develop in interesting ways as our lead Nami navigates the war torn afterlife. There's action, there's shocking twists, there's heart, there's badassery, there's angst, there's a giant blue leopard! It isn't as perfect as the first book (as most sequels aren't) and it takes a pretty long time for the real plot to happen. It does make up a bit for this in that the time before the real plot is stil The Genesis Wars is an incredible sequel to The Infinity Courts. The characters and world continue to develop in interesting ways as our lead Nami navigates the war torn afterlife. There's action, there's shocking twists, there's heart, there's badassery, there's angst, there's a giant blue leopard! It isn't as perfect as the first book (as most sequels aren't) and it takes a pretty long time for the real plot to happen. It does make up a bit for this in that the time before the real plot is still pretty interesting and almost feels like a novella that sets up the rest of the story. Since I find this flaw so minor and it's made up for, this is still a five star read for me. It's fast paced and the twists are genuinely excellent. This ends on another cliffhanger that makes one want to scream and I NEED the third book right now!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kris Mauna

    In the sequel to The Infinity Courts, we return to the afterlife with our favorite stubborn protagonist, Nami Miyamoto. The stakes are high and Nami is determined to save the people she loves! The last book explored what makes us human. Now that the world for this series has been built, there is more time for action and adventure in the story. It picks up right where The Infinity Courts left off. Nami has made it out alive and managed to escape from Ophelia. She’s safe (for now) in the Borderlands In the sequel to The Infinity Courts, we return to the afterlife with our favorite stubborn protagonist, Nami Miyamoto. The stakes are high and Nami is determined to save the people she loves! The last book explored what makes us human. Now that the world for this series has been built, there is more time for action and adventure in the story. It picks up right where The Infinity Courts left off. Nami has made it out alive and managed to escape from Ophelia. She’s safe (for now) in the Borderlands and she’s spending her time growing her strength and training to fight the Residents. Nami is determined to defeat Ophelia and the Residents this time around and nothing will stop her from saving the people she loves. I loved Nami’s growth in this book. She’s no longer ignorant of the world of the afterlife and is now aware of what it takes to survive there. Thanks to the betrayal of Prince Caelen, Nami has trust issues and she finds herself having a hard time opening up to the new people that she meets. It doesn’t help that the people she comes across don’t care enough to fight Ophelia and the Residents like Nami is. They know how strong Ophelia is and they believe it would simply be easier for them to escape to safety while they can instead of starting a war that they most likely cannot win. Of course, their beliefs don’t stop Nami. She eventually leaves the safety nest with no one by her side in hopes of finally freeing the people she now considers her family. Being inside Nami’s head this time around was sometimes a lot. She’s dealing with a lot of guilt and grief. She feels guilty for escaping while everyone else was left under Ophelia’s rule. Nami knows what happens to humans who don’t follow Ophelia’s rulings and is having nightmares of how her friends must be being tortured right now. Nami is also grieving for the loss of what she thought was a true companionship until Prince Caelen betrayed her. Now, she doesn’t think she will ever be able to let someone get close to her again. There are so many new characters in this book and I loved all of them! There wasn’t a lot of Ophelia this time around which was disappointing, but thankfully Nami and Caelen’s relationship was worth being focused on in this book. I think their relationship, a human and artificial intelligence, can be viewed as this world’s hope. If the two of them can learn to get along then wouldn’t that be proof that the Residents and humans could coexist? This is why I loved the exploration of their complicated relationship so much. Overall, I really enjoyed The Genesis Wars! Readers will not be bored because things move quickly as Nami navigates the problems that come her way. There are a lot of major twists (especially at the end) in this adventure. Akemi Dawn Bowman still does a great job exploring what makes us human especially with questioning how good and evil coexist in our own world. If you’re a fan of sci-fi or fantasy then I definitely recommend giving this series a try. It’s unique and there are a lot of fun characters, too! | originally posted on Bookstacked |

  17. 5 out of 5

    Leighton

    Thank you to Simon & Schuster for this ARC in exchange for an honest review! When I saw that the sequel to The Infinity Courts was coming out, I knew that I needed to read it right away! The twist at the end of the first book blew me away, and I couldn't wait to start this one. The Genesis Wars by Akemi Dawn Bowman is a high-stakes YA sci-fi novel that continues the story of the first book. The story revolves around Nami, who has just escaped the Four Courts at the end of the first book. Now, she Thank you to Simon & Schuster for this ARC in exchange for an honest review! When I saw that the sequel to The Infinity Courts was coming out, I knew that I needed to read it right away! The twist at the end of the first book blew me away, and I couldn't wait to start this one. The Genesis Wars by Akemi Dawn Bowman is a high-stakes YA sci-fi novel that continues the story of the first book. The story revolves around Nami, who has just escaped the Four Courts at the end of the first book. Now, she's allying herself with humans in the Borderlands, far away from the dangers of the Four Courts. But what will happen when the fight comes closer to home? Here is an exciting excerpt from Chapter 1: "The forest is silent, but I know I'm being hunted. Frost spreads across my blade, covering the sharpened sea-glass until all that's left is a small patch of muted red. The flicker of a heartbeat. The flame of something desperate to survive. I rotate the dagger in my hand and push forward through the snow. The silver birch is heavy on this side of the forest. Not like the forests in Victory, with their spacious clearings and limited places to hide." Overall, The Genesis Wars is an action-packed YA sci-fi novel that will appeal to fans of Goddess in the Machine or Warcross. One highlight of this book is how much action there is. After the relatively calm, more psychological warfare of the first book, this book contains a lot more physical fighting, and it's very exciting to read. I sped through this book and ended up finishing in a day. If I had to complain about 1 thing, I would say that this book was missing the political intrigue and romance of the first book. But it makes up for it in action scenes. If you're intrigued by the excerpt above, or if you're a fan of YA books in general, I highly recommend that you check out this book when it comes out in April!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ally Marshall

    Absolutely love this world - I can't wait for the third book to come out! Why I loved this book: - characters are really well developed - the main character is a great perspective to follow - great relationships (f/f friendships especially) - cool battle & fight scenes - interesting concept, plot and magic system - fantastic world building, I really feel like I have visited Infinity! - twists and turns, even the ones I saw coming came in a way I wasn't expecting - the ending! It was strong and has left m Absolutely love this world - I can't wait for the third book to come out! Why I loved this book: - characters are really well developed - the main character is a great perspective to follow - great relationships (f/f friendships especially) - cool battle & fight scenes - interesting concept, plot and magic system - fantastic world building, I really feel like I have visited Infinity! - twists and turns, even the ones I saw coming came in a way I wasn't expecting - the ending! It was strong and has left me excited to pick up the next one! One thing I wanted more of was Nix (essentially a magical battle snow leopard) - since he was on the cover I thought he'd be a big part of the story, and he wasn't in the book as much as I wanted. I wish Nami had utilised / hung out with him more!! There is a bit of a romance in this series but it's not the focus of the story at all (in case you are looking for that!) - although potentially it'll play more of a part in the third book! Let's see!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Idk like don’t get me wrong I think the plot and the key ideas this book is working with are compelling. However, during the story events happen so fast it makes things feel very shallow. Relationships between characters are rushed and don’t quite make sense (Nami & caelen frfr W that). It’s a fun book to read it’s like crack fan fiction and you just ignore all the parts that don’t quite add up. Like especially the ending ???

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    4.75 It took me a minute to get back into this world, but once I was I was fully sucked into it! Technically this book isn't out yet, so it would be unfair for me to ask for the next book to be released. 4.75 It took me a minute to get back into this world, but once I was I was fully sucked into it! Technically this book isn't out yet, so it would be unfair for me to ask for the next book to be released.

  21. 5 out of 5

    J.J. Leach

    Interesting…. I had a feeling about one part of the cliffhanger but the second? Wow!! I am so intrigued with where the story is going. But what a great ending even if it leaves you with a lot of questions…I mean, the afterlife?!!! WTF!!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    sydney saunders

    ATE THIS UP IN ONLY A FEW HOURS, SO SO GOOD

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    Slow start but then so much happens. Can't help but root for Nami and Caelan. I don't want to wait for the next installment. Slow start but then so much happens. Can't help but root for Nami and Caelan. I don't want to wait for the next installment.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Therese

    even better than the last. goddamn. I read this in one sitting and I will never get over it

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jan farnworth

    What I liked: Nami is battling severe inner conflicts in this action-packed sequel in the Infinity Court series. How much are we responsible for when we are in a position of power? How do we motivate a disconnected world from people to fight for what is right? Nami has ventured to the Court of War and is desperate for her loved ones (mainly her sister) to be able to cross safely into the afterlife and not fall under the guidance of psychos AI's like Ophelia. Nami wants a bridge of peace but, at t What I liked: Nami is battling severe inner conflicts in this action-packed sequel in the Infinity Court series. How much are we responsible for when we are in a position of power? How do we motivate a disconnected world from people to fight for what is right? Nami has ventured to the Court of War and is desperate for her loved ones (mainly her sister) to be able to cross safely into the afterlife and not fall under the guidance of psychos AI's like Ophelia. Nami wants a bridge of peace but, at times, makes rash decisions to try and gain her objective. Final Verdict: Nami's battles in this novel are raw, fresh, and relatable to the point I felt her anguish flooding off the pages. The action is significantly ramped up in this book, does not suffer from second book issues, and ends with a nice teaser for book 3.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Belle Ellrich

    The Genesis Wars quickly became something I will forever hold dear to me, a favorite that I will never forget. The characters, the story, the writing---everything, was just as I hoped it would be, and I'm left with this simmering need for more. Full Review to Come. The Genesis Wars quickly became something I will forever hold dear to me, a favorite that I will never forget. The characters, the story, the writing---everything, was just as I hoped it would be, and I'm left with this simmering need for more. Full Review to Come.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Fowler

    When I say I will not know peace until this book is in my hands, I mean it. I loved the first book in this series so much.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Valerie May

    The Genesis Wars 4.6 stars "I don't know how to explain it to Ozias, so I don't". This is a book where objectively it is not very unique or interesting but I would put it in my 'Favorites' shelf. I am going to divide my review in to two parts: 1. An objective review. 2. Personal review solely base on my preferences and inclinations. 1. An objective review Impartially, there was nothing unique to this book or anything that is objectively interesting, maybe other than the setting of technology AI The Genesis Wars 4.6 stars "I don't know how to explain it to Ozias, so I don't". This is a book where objectively it is not very unique or interesting but I would put it in my 'Favorites' shelf. I am going to divide my review in to two parts: 1. An objective review. 2. Personal review solely base on my preferences and inclinations. 1. An objective review Impartially, there was nothing unique to this book or anything that is objectively interesting, maybe other than the setting of technology AI x afterlife, which was already introduced in the first book. It's basically the answers for the questions you'll get from reading The Infinity Courts. For its plot, it was progressive in a way to show readers a little bit of flashback stories before Nami arrived in Infinity and while she was staying in the borderlands and the unfolding story of Nami and Caelan. It wasn't fast pace. Also, it is a hands-down teenage fantasy plot/vibe (I know it's YA), but a lot of YAs nowadays don't really give off that full teenage blast to you when you read them (I'm not sure if that is good or not, it's up to you I guess), so I really can't help but note that about this book. The first hundred pages (more or less) was slow and dragging, the part where Nami stayed at the Borderlands. It felt like useless and that Bowman used too much pages writing on that part. For the ending, it wasn't that extraordinary too but I don't think it was a common enough plot. It leaves readers more questions and curiosities on what happened next why the ending was like that (not in terms of history and not hows) and on what will happen next. 2. A review based on my preferences and inclinations I honestly loved loved loved it. I did put it in my 'Favorites' shelf. I am just still thinking whether to buy a special edition since the first book wasn't a Favorite, and I don't want to put unmatching editions on my shelf since I rarely buy books, let alone the special edition ones. (Maybe I'll have to see on the third installment). Also, I hate it when a book is too much teenage stuff or vibe within its pages that it would usually turn me off, but I did not feel that way towards The Genesis Wars which was surprising for me. Despite that and it being just a filler, I find it really satisfying, especially on the budding story of Nami and Caelan. I am really a sucker for romance. All in all, I can't find any reasonable reasons to lay out why I love this book, but I do and I did put it in my 'Favorites'. The ending left me with a hollowed heart and so much theories as to what had happened and what will happen. I regretted again reading the second book this early. I should have waited a few months when the third book's publishing date is near.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Yolanda

    **3.5 STARS** Content Warning: Violence, Torture In the sequel to The Infinity Courts, things get more dire for Nami. Book one left us with a big, shocking plot twist at the end and now Nami has to deal with the outcome of the events that occurred. She is in the Borderlands, trying to train hard enough to fight the Residents and trying to gather allies to help her get her friends. But she is at her wits end – everyone seems to be against her. Nami won’t give up trying to go back to the Courts to f **3.5 STARS** Content Warning: Violence, Torture In the sequel to The Infinity Courts, things get more dire for Nami. Book one left us with a big, shocking plot twist at the end and now Nami has to deal with the outcome of the events that occurred. She is in the Borderlands, trying to train hard enough to fight the Residents and trying to gather allies to help her get her friends. But she is at her wits end – everyone seems to be against her. Nami won’t give up trying to go back to the Courts to find her friends though, even if she has to infiltrate Caelan’s mind to do so. Nami…what can I say about this girl? She is stubborn, rash, makes so many mistakes but she is fighting to save her friends because she carries guilt for trusting Caelan She blames herself for their capture and she’s heartbroken and angry because he betrayed her. Nami is hardened in book two, she is eaten up with guilt and anger. Her focus is only on saving her friends, and keeping the Borderlands alive so humans have a safe space to go to when they cross over. People like her sister Mei. Nami frustrated me because her plans took precedent over everyone else’s. But as it was reiterated many times in the story – she’s only been there for one lifetime whereas the others, have been fighting for many lifetimes. She’s a baby compared to everyone else there, she has a lot to learn and she does – the hard way. I enjoyed meeting the characters in the Borderlands and learning about the different tribes. Kasia was a kind friend to Nami – bless her heart and Nix’s. Nami needs a friend and Kasia was gracious enough to extend that friendship to her. Caelan is back and I was wary about him as Nami was but we learn a few things about him that explains his actions in book one. Once again this book ends in a cliffhanger. This series I will say, has some amazing plot twists and cliffhangers. The writing is wonderful, it just flows so well and the story moved fast. I like how the story tackled issues about leaders and their responsibilities to their people. Also there were questions about a person’s free will and sacrifice. It will be interesting to see what happens in the next book! Why you should read it: *you read The Infinity Courts and need to find out what happens next after that cliffhanger ending *it has action, plot twists and a cliffhanger – writing flows so easily *Nami’s character growth – she suffers through guilt and anger in this sequel, she makes mistakes but she does not stop fighting to find her friends. There is a lot of room to grow for her. Why you might not want to read it: *Not into sci-fi/dystopian set in the afterlife My Thoughts: This sequel gave us a chance to see Nami struggle with guilt, anger, making mistakes, and being rash with her decisions but sticking steadfast to her goal of finding her friends and keeping the Borderlands alive to help humans find a safe haven. She is challenged at every turn, she trusts no one and has to really keep her wits about her. Her character frustrated me a lot but I understood why she acted out the way she did. The story moves quickly and of course there is a cliffhanger that makes me eager for book three. This is a solid sequel that sets up for book three in a big way.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    See my full review here: https://www.yabookscentral.com/the-ge... THE GENESIS WARS is an intriguing sequel in an imaginative YA fantasy series. Nami is still in the afterlife, which is controlled by Ophelia (think Siri). Humans do not have a desirable role there, and after the failure of the rebellion to stop Ophelia, Nami has been on the run hoping to gather aid from the remaining free humans to rescue the rest of her team. Struggling with feelings of guilt, betrayal, and an intense desire to pr See my full review here: https://www.yabookscentral.com/the-ge... THE GENESIS WARS is an intriguing sequel in an imaginative YA fantasy series. Nami is still in the afterlife, which is controlled by Ophelia (think Siri). Humans do not have a desirable role there, and after the failure of the rebellion to stop Ophelia, Nami has been on the run hoping to gather aid from the remaining free humans to rescue the rest of her team. Struggling with feelings of guilt, betrayal, and an intense desire to protect those she loves, Nami is willing to delve deeper into Infinity and the world Ophelia has made out of her hatred for humanity. While the first book primarily took place in the court of Victory, Nami now travels into the court of War, finding something different and new dangers lurking. While she is still reeling from Caelan's betrayal and her understanding of Infinity, she has a purpose from which she will not be deterred. As she journeys further into Infinity, humanity's afterlife hangs in the balance. What I loved: I am still reeling from that ending. The final quarter of the book was absolutely explosive with all sorts of new revelations, shocking reveals, and unexpected events - this was thrilling, shocking, and sure to leave readers begging for more. Nami's journey of self-discovery is continuing as she tests her limits and those of the people around her. Although she is reluctant to trust again, she feels pulled between her head and her heart. This internal debate drives her character as she tries to decide how to forge a path forward. Humanity is imperfect, and these imperfections have carried into their afterlife. As Nami meets more characters and learns of their own failures, she is painting the possibilities of what the future could hold and considering them critically. This flipping of morality and seeing the gray areas is a thought-provoking theme, as well as the reliance of humanity on technology, the power of such connections, trust, loyalty, honesty/secrets, and the choices we make. The world-building in this book expands on the first, and it was fascinating to see other courts and view more of this afterlife. The characters are also growing, and new secondary characters added to the world and keep readers invested. The romance was a small part of the story, but one that is really strong. This is a series that is tough to put down! What left me wanting more: The beginning of the book is slow to get moving with Nami focused on training and trying to recruit the borderlands to her cause without any success. Once she moves on, the book really picks up, and the last half was action-packed, thrilling, and absolutely captivating. The first half or so just felt like filler. Final verdict: With intriguing themes and great character development, THE GENESIS WARS is an explosive sequel in a fantastic series. Readers will be left reeling and eagerly awaiting the next installment! Highly recommend picking up this YA series, especially for fans of THE KINGDOM, GEARBREAKERS, and WARCROSS. Please note that I received a review copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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