I don't really know how to explain just WHY I loved this book just trust that it is an amazingly magical text. The explanation at the end by the transI don't really know how to explain just WHY I loved this book just trust that it is an amazingly magical text. The explanation at the end by the translator for why they chose the words they did added to the profound feeling I had after finishing it. It kinda makes me want to read it in Spanish too!! I read it in one sitting just before going to bed and honestly, I never really re-read books, but I can see myself re-reading this one at least a few more times. ♥
ETA: Forgot to mention but this is DEFFO for fans of Magical Realism!! ...more
Ok so I picked this up while browsing Daunt Books for 2 reasons: 1) It has a gorgeous cover and I am horribly shallow with book covers. 2) It is set iOk so I picked this up while browsing Daunt Books for 2 reasons: 1) It has a gorgeous cover and I am horribly shallow with book covers. 2) It is set in Cali, Colombia which is where my mother was born and quite often if something is set in Colombia it is usually in Bogota, Medellin or even Baranquilla.
So even though I gave this 2 stars, it was only because I felt it was TOO short! I mean I know it's a short story/novella type thing, but I felt that it could have done with maybe like 5 or 10 pages more of the story!! I felt that it just ended with nothing being answered or explained which sucked because I was really starting to enjoy it. I like how she writes and how it constantly switched points of view and you don't really know who it is you're reading about until you catch a certain detail that explains things.
TL;DR - I wish this story had a handful of pages more to wrap the story up a bit better but I was into Pachico's writing style and I'll deffo look out for her stuff in the future. ...more
I really do love the way Alaya Dawn Johnson writes. Her writing is quite fun and pleasant to read and never feels dry and doesn't ever feel like she'sI really do love the way Alaya Dawn Johnson writes. Her writing is quite fun and pleasant to read and never feels dry and doesn't ever feel like she's dragging a dead plot point or something that is no longer interesting.
It's told through the perspective of June, who is known as a 'waka', which essentially means she's a teenager. In this dystopic-futuristic Brazil, you can live to about 100-300 years old, if you want, and so anyone who is basically under the age of 30 is seen as immature or clueless. Their city is run by a bunch of ladies called Aunties who are all at least 100 years old and every year or season (honestly I'm still a bit confused on that but I didn't think it was hugely important) they elect a waka to be their King for a year. At the end of the year he sacrifices himself and then in his last dying breath, he chooses a new Queen to rule in his place.
It's all a bit disturbing but fascinating and doesn't feel as far fetched as many YA dystopia's I've read about!! The romantic subplot/plot/whatever was cute and not always in your face so it didn't get too annoying. I'm not really a romantic novel person so I'm always weary when a book says it has a romantic angle to it.
I got this for hella cheap as a used book on Amazon and I always prefer to read new material by PoC authors, especially ladies! And ESPECIALLY if it's SciFi/Fantasy, because I am that kind of person.
Easy to read and fun, give it a go if it's in your library or you can borrow it off someone or get it for cheap! I'm deffo keeping an eye out for more of Ms Johnson's work! I heard she won a Nebula award this year too!! ...more