We love a queer adult science fiction and The Circus Infinite takes the concept of a circus, transports it to space, and introduces crime bosses. If you love the idea of alien life forms, a MC who will fight for the family he’s found, and tons of SF space magic, keep reading this book review.
Hunted by those who want to study his gravity powers, Jes makes his way to the best place for a mixed-species fugitive to blend in: the pleasure moon. Here, everyone just wants to be lost in the party. It doesn’t take long for him to catch the attention of the crime boss who owns the resort-casino where he lands a circus job. When the boss gets wind of the bounty on Jes’ head, he makes an offer: do anything and everything asked of him, or face vivisection.
With no other options, Jes fulfills the requests: espionage, torture, demolition. But when the boss sets the circus up to take the fall for his about-to-get-busted narcotics operation, Jes and his friends decide to bring the mobster down together. And if Jes can also avoid going back to being the prize subject of a scientist who can’t wait to dissect him? Even better.
TW: torture, medical experimentation
I immediately loved the circus vibes from The Circus Infinite. Not only are there magical acts, but the entire livelihood of the circus is on the line. And to be honest, from the synopsis, I was expecting to get swept away by this magical circus. By the fact that I’ve always loved trapeze artist acts, aerial silks, and acrobats. But what I didn’t expect was to be swept away by these characters and their found family.
The way Jes is on the run and finds a group of people who are kind and loving. How they’ve create a little found family knit community. And how once Jes finds it, he will do whatever it takes to try to protect them. Cue the heart weeping! While there is conflict and politics within the family, they all have their own stories. Their own ghosts they’re running from and I love that we get to truly see a snippet of their lives in The Circus Infinite.
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How the world and people like to root out what they think is weakness. The Circus Infinite has fabulous space magic, crime boss dynamics, and circus scenes. But it also is deeply rooted in characters, in whether or not we allow ourselves to become a weapon, to give into the pain within us. It’s one of those stories that will transport you and also melt your heart. Find The Circus Infinite on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound, Bookshop.org & The Book Depository.