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?
Nick is a 14 years old boy living with his mother and in a rather poor environment. They can barely afford to pay for their food, and Nick is often picked at at school because of his cloths and his mom job, Strip-dancing. His father is locked away for murder for three life-sentence, he is violent, vicious and a douche-bag, but he got one thing right: Nick must protect his mother, either she likes it or not. He is doing his best to be a good boy, as his mom raised him, but when a lot of weird thing starts happening (including classmates turning into zombies), not-being grounded won’t be Nick’s priority anymore.
First off, I’d like to let you know this is the first book from Sherrilyn Kenyon I ever read and I loved it. The story happens in a very special and secretive world where odd creatures roams the streets at night. While I had no problem following the main plot, I have to say those creatures are still rather fuzzy in my mind. I guess it would be clearer if I’ve read her adult series (which I will do!), and even though I would’ve loved more details, it didn’t stop me from enjoying the book.
Kenyon introduced some very mysterious characters in the book and I think she is intentionally keeping us in the dark regarding their intentions. It seems like every characters and their neighbors are paranormal creatures and I’m really looking forward to discover more about them. And there is many characters! I suffer from what I call “goldfish memory” which is pretty bad memory so at times I was getting confused with characters names, but it’s really all my fault lol. I loved Nick, I think he perfectly portrayed a 14 years old and I appreciated his sarcasm. I was caught laughing out loud more than one time reading that book, and while he is funny he also has his serious and determined side. He is balancing between good and bad and I think it added an edge to his character.
Simi was one of the characters a really loved. I don’t really know what’s her deal but she’s a demon talking about herself in third person and has a fixation about eating everything – and mostly everyone – with BBQ sauce. Caleb was also great, here’s a quote from him I particularly liked:
“… Where are the cops when you need them?”
Caleb snorted. “Probably eating beignets. As the old saying goes, when the seconds count, the police are just minutes away.”
Overall, Infinity was a great read and a good introduction the the Dark Hunters world. I will definitely read Sherrilyn’s adult series and I am looking forward to the second book in the Chronicles of Nick series: Invincible, due February 2011. In a sentence, Infinity is an action-packed story with great wits and humor wrapped in a paranormal package. I loved every page of it and strongly recommend it!
Chronicles of Nick series:
Invincible (Feb 2011)
Book Source: Review copy sent by Zeitghost Media & St-Martins