Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.
The world has fallen in love with Nick Gautier and the Dark-Hunters. Now Nick’s saga continues in the next eagerly anticipated volume…
Go to school. Get good grades. Stay out of trouble. That’s the mandate for most kids. But Nick Gautier 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.
In INFINITY, Nick had to do battle with his fellow classmates who had turned into flesh eating zombies. In INVINCIBLE, Nick was up against a horde of demons who were after the bounty on his head. Given the formidable paranormal foes Nick fought in the previous two books, I was expecting him to once again face off with another seriously scary supernatural baddie in INFAMOUS. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be…school bullies.
I understand that the topic of bullying is especially relevant in this day and age, and Kenyon doesn’t use kid gloves when dealing with the issue. The bully in INFAMOUS resorts to truly horrendous attacks including posting doctored bestiality pornographic images of one of Nick’s classmates, supposed rape footage, outing several homosexual students by posting more photoshopped images, and a website revealing everyone’s deepest darkest secrets…and the supposed sources who revealed them. But…I don’t read The Chronicles of Nick series because I want to hear about bullies. That’s not to say there aren’t some supernatural things in INFAMOUS, there are and those were the parts that I enjoyed the most, but most of this book felt like a lecture on the evils of bullying. Hey, no argument there which is why I didn’t particularly enjoy reading about it for almost 500 pages.
The things I enjoy about The Chronicles of Nick series are still present in INFAMOUS. The cameos from the Dark-Hunter series (which there are a lot of in this installment), the pitch perfect depiction of Nick as a fifteen year old boy with all the messy, endearing qualities that won my heart in INFINITY, and the fresh and inventive directions Kenyon takes this version of her beloved character. I really just wish the plot this time had dealt more with the supernatural problems facing Nick than with the natural. I’m still completely invested in this series and will be back for INFERNO when it hits shelves on March 4, 2013.