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Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
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Aug 24, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: african-american, african, fantasy
Read from August 27 to 29, 2011

I heard a lot of buzz about this book, and while it does have some interest as the sole African-inspired member of the Percy Jackson/Harry Potter "magical kid" genre, I just couldn't get into it. Even after reading the entire book, I never got a sense of who the characters were as people, so their problems didn't engage me. Also, the dramatic final confrontation lacks, well, drama. It seems to come too fast and be over to easily.

For other fantasy/sci-fi inspired by African myth, check out:

The Eye, The Ear and The Arm (for younger kids, but still awesome)
Act of Grace (for adults)

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