Go to school. Get good grades. Stay out of trouble. That’s the mandate for most kids. But Nick Guatier isn’t the average teenager. He’s a boy with a destiny not even he fully understands. And his first mandate is to stay alive while everyone, even his own father, tries to kill him.
He’s learned to annihilate zombies and raise the dead, divination and clairvoyance, so why is learning to drive such a difficulty? But that isn’t the primary skill he has to master. Survival is.
And in order to survive, his next lesson makes all the others pale in comparison. He is on the brink of becoming either the greatest hero mankind has ever known.
Or he’ll be the one who ends the world. With enemies new and old gathering forces, he will have to call on every part of himself to fight or he’ll lose everyone he cares about.
Infamous is book three in the Chronicles of Nick series, and was slightly darker than the last two. Nick has had to deal with some pretty crappy stuff in the past two books, and his life has not gotten any easier in this one. A brief summary of the horrors he’s had to deal with in Infamous include: the discovery that his future self is completely cray cray. He’s met his dad, who will not be winning any father-of-the-year awards any time soon. There’s a cyber bully who’s posting some terrible things about Nick and his classmates online. Nick and his mom are fighting constantly. Nick gets beaten into a bloody spot twice in the same damn book, and gets accused of raping a girl in his class.
So there’s quite a bit of frown-inducing stuff. But it’s not all doom and gloom. Only mostly.
Nick and Kody are going steady, although she’s still not big on the whole overshare thing. We have no idea why Kody’s in New Orleans, or who she’s working for. Nick and Caleb are getting on like a house on fire, even though all they seem to do is bicker. I actually quite enjoy their banter. The sarcasm flows thick and fast between these two. Nick is becoming more adept at using his powers, which means there are fewer death threats from Grim (aka Death). Nick and his mom break my heart. You know that saying, the road to hell is paved with good intentions? That’s what’s happening between Nick and his mom. He tries so hard to make her happy and all it ever seems to do is bite him in the ass.
We got to meet some new characters in this book. My favourites were Bane, aka Pestilence, and Adarian, Nick’s dad. This is not to say that they’re likable characters. They’re just the most interesting, Adarian, in particular, has captured my imagination. He’s an evil mother and he’s scary as hell, there’s no doubt about it. But he’s still sweet on Cherise, and there’s almost this… vulnerability to him. I’m quite keen on reading the next book, and seeing how much of a role Adarian plays.
Inferno is the next installment in the series, and will hopefully follow its predecessors’ pattern of awesome.