Infinity (Chronicles of Nick #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Publication Date: May 25th, 2010
St. Martin’s Griffin
Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
RATING: 3 out of 5 Stars
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?

Chronicles of Nick is a spawn off Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series. It took me a while to get started on this because I had to make sure I wouldn’t miss out on anything if I jump into this series without reading any of the Dark Hunters first. Now that I’ve read Infinity, I’d say I would’ve been lost on some but not totally.

This book’s prologue was set into the future; Nick’s got all this anger bottled up inside him directed at his best friend and former hero, Acheron. You’ll have to read book number…(I can’t remember) of the Dark Hunter series to find out why. Chronicles of Nick is about his journey; to embrace his dark side, to explore his powers, to choose between being good or following in his father’s footsteps. In the meantime, he’s had to deal with groundings from his mom, battling zombies, werewolves, ghosts, and whatever fun mysticism New Orleans has to offer.

After reading the fantastic This is Not a Test, reading Infinity was like a comedy. I’m not being facetious; I just meant that the breed of zombies and the voice of the characters remind me of Shawn of the Dead – the comedic side of a zombie apocalypse. While Infinity was more of a zombie invasion brought on by black magic and, if you can believe it, spurred on by a gamer with a lot of time on his hands, it was – and forgive me for saying this, lame.

Sherrilyn Kenyon however, has the innate talent to hypnotized you into devouring her book in practically one sitting. It didn’t matter how lame it was, I flipped the pages until I read the entire thing. And in any case, I love reading about Nick anyway and I was most especially curious about his relationship with his mother and his evil, absentee father. His voice remained genuine from what I’ve read of him so far in the Dark Hunter series. He’s sassy, quick-witted and sarcastically funny. Over all, this book lacked a viable plot. It almost felt like, Ms. Kenyon wrote this just to jump into the YA bandwagon. It was disappointing.

VERDICT: Overall it was an enjoyable read and I will probably read the rest of the series (since I already have them). At the end of the day, you’re really not missing much.

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