ARC REVIEW: The Genesis Wars

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The Genesis Wars (The Infinity Courts, #2)
by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Releasing on April 19th, 2022
Published by Simon Pulse
Young Adult Fiction—Sci-Fi, Fantasy

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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 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.

Trigger/Content Warning(s): Murder, Death, Gun Violence, Referenced Torture, Mention of Underage Drinking, Gore, Injuries/Wounds, Mind Controlling, Nightmares (Result of Trauma), Threats, Violence, Forced Servitude, Grief

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Disclaimer: I was provided a physical galley by the author in return for my honest review. This does not affect my opinion.

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 am left with this simmering need for more.

This book takes place around ten months after the events of the first book. Nami has sought refuge in a place called the Borderlands where Ophelia does not have reach. The people of the borderlands do not want to engage in the ongoing war, as they had already lost many in the first war. As tensions rise against Nami and the people of the borderlands begin to turn against her, Nami is given key clues that will lead her to the court of War, seeking out the people of the Colony she is sure were sent there.

Once more, I was easily able to fall in love with Akemi Dawn Bowman’s writing style. This author truly makes it enjoyable and addicting to read from, and I found myself wanting more and more and more as the pages turned. The emotions and feelings all came alight within the writing, making me physically react to a lot of what was taking place.

And with this book came the addition of newer characters, as well as the building of past characters that we had not known much about before. The Genesis Wars focuses heavily on the court of War, along with a new place called Genesis. Readers were introduced to more than a handful of characters, some that were ingrained with suspicion and clues for readers to really dig into and focus on. But with this sequel, I really loved seeing the shift in Nami’s character. In the previous book, Nami was determined to stay optimistic and hopeful in building a bridge between humans and Residents. But in this sequel, she’s turned down a darker path.

The amount of character development and worldbuilding I found while reading was truly a remarkable experience. I was able to build images based off of Bowman’s very detailed imagery and description of the world that Nami has gotten acclimated with. I began to care for the characters that we were introduced to, as well as worry about the ones who were in the previous book but did not have such a large focus in this one.

Along with this, I adored the plot that Bowman crafted up. I am not normally one to say a sequel was better than the first book, but The Genesis Wars managed to impress me further than The Infinity Courts, so much so I nearly through my copy to the floor after finishing it due to the high emotions and the shock that there is still more to come. This book was much darker, much more twisted than it’s predecessor, and I loved the shift in tone and focus.

Overall, I was thoroughly gobsmacked by the time I finished reading this book, and I will never be able to forgive Akemi Dawn Bowman for breaking my heart once more (it is such a fragile thing after all). For that, I rate The Genesis Wars 5 stars. I am eagerly anticipating and awaiting the conclusion to this series, and I cannot wait to see what Bowman has in store for Nami and readers in the next installment.

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Author Akemi Dawn Bowman who now lives in Hopeman....pic Peter Jolly

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 family. She overthinks everything, including this bio. You can find Akemi on Instagram @AkemiDawnBowman.


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