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Riot Baby

4.67  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  12 reviews
"Riot Baby bursts at the seams of story with so much fire, passion and power that in the end it turns what we call a narrative into something different altogether."—Marlon James

Rooted in foundational loss and the hope that can live in anger, Riot Baby is both a global dystopian narrative an intimate family story with quietly devastating things to say about love, fury, and
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Kindle Edition, 176 pages
Expected publication: January 21st 2020 by Tor
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R.F. Kuang
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Tiffany BookwormFiles
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Riot Baby
5/5 stars

Holy wow. This is 162 pages of gut punches.

Combining realism with dystopian with science-fiction, Riot Baby follows two gifted siblings through the history of the black American experience.

Somehow, in very few pages, Onyebuchi covers the vastness of structural racism in a way that you are present for. Taking on topics from the KKK to police brutality across generations. It’s a harsh and gut-wrenching look at the crime of being black in America.

Somehow, he also let’s us see i
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Fran
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
wow.
Caleb Masters
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An incendiary work of contemporary fiction, Onyebuchi’s Riot Baby is a deeply felt and humanistic piece of science-fiction writing; built upon decades of rage, brutality, and racism shimmering within our nation’s history. Kev, born during the 1992 LA riots after the acquittal of the police officers who beat Rodney King, and his older sister Ella are doing their best to navigate America but like so many black lives they soon become trapped by the structural racism that exists all around them. Ony ...more
Carly DaSilva
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was not expecting this book—I’m not sure there’s a way to really expect it.

The writing is fluid and easy to consume, the dialogue quick and real. It can take a minute to recognize whose perspective we’re reading from as each section opens, which I think was a deliberate choice, as a lot about this book blends together, works to blur the borders of time and space and body, much like Ella’s powers can. We are thrown into the narrative and left to largely navigate it on our own—this isn’t a book
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Christine
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was an intense read. Definitely a raw and brutal book of what it is like to grow up as a black person in America. The combination of magical realism and science fiction was perfectly done in this book. It’s a short book that I ended up finishing in one sitting. I highly recommend this one. Just be prepared. Thank you to Tor.com for the arc.
Cass
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Intense and literary and ground-shaking. The most surreal thing about it? Not always being able to tell which parts were realism and which parts were dystopian/speculative.
Viral
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Thanks so much to MacMillan for the ARC at BEA 2019, which was provided in exchange for an honest review, and to Tochi Onyebuchi for signing my copy!

First off: If you don't know me, know I will read basically any fiction book if it's 1. by a marginalized individual and 2. if it tackles serious social issues.

And that is why I want to scream from the rooftops how I LOVED THIS BOOK SO FUCKING MUCH.

I don't want to spoil too much of it, but the general idea is the book is about a child born amidst th
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Hallie
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a heart-wrenching, harrowing, haunting read. It will make you burn with anger. It will stay with you long after you put it down.

Onyebuchi presents a very real picture of our immediate future, and I enjoyed his cutting and yet simple prose. Ella and Kev have special abilities, abilities they keep secret throughout their youth in Harlem. Kev ends up in prison, another victim of the racial prejudices ingrained in the American "justice" system. Ella and Kev use their abilities to keep in to
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mina reads™️
Jul 29, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: adult, sff, about-poc
Thank you to Tor Publishing for this arc in exchange for an honest review
Katy
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a powerful gut-punch of a science fiction novella. Granted, I struggled to understand how exactly Ella’s powers worked, but I’m still giving it 5 stars because it’s such an electric adult debut from Onyebuchi. I have been so impressed with his worldbuilding in YA novels and was thrilled to see him finally write adult fiction. More, please!
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I want to read this one like yesterday. Dystonia is my all-time favorite genre. The synopsis is intriguing and I have loved the author's previous works. The release year of 2020 could not get here soon enough!
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Tochi Onyebuchi is a writer based in Connecticut. He holds a MFA in Screenwriting from Tisch and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. His writing has appeared in Asimov’s and Ideomancer, among other places. Beasts Made of Night is his debut.
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