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Beneath the Rising

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All the Birds in the Sky meets Lovecraft Country in thiswhimsical coming-of-age story about two kids in the middle of a war of eldritch horrors from outside spacetime…

Nick Prasad and Joanna “Johnny” Chambers have been friends since childhood. She’s rich, white, and a genius; he’s poor, brown, and secretly in love with her.

But when Johnny invents a clean reactor that could
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Paperback, 416 pages
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Solaris
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Charlie Anders
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this delightful novel about a teenager named Nicky Prasad, and his supergenius best friend, Joanna "Johnny" Chambers. Johnny has invented tons of technologies and scientific breakthroughs that have transformed the world for the better, in this alternate version of the early 2000s --- but when Johnny invents a perfectly clean reactor the size of a shoe box, which can provide nearly limitless power, she accidentally summons some ancient elder gods who ...more
kari
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher.

It was fun to read Premee Mohamed in a text vastly different from what I associate with her fiction, and she finds a confident voice in a fast-paced, high-stakes adventure as well. Her debut novel draws heavily from tropes - from the supergenius Johnny (and what a good deconstruction of that trope it is!), through many-tentacled cosmic horror and direct references to Lovecraft, to secret libraries and archaeological wonders hidden under the
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Sara Norja
Sep 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher. I wish I could talk about spoilery things, but I'll leave this review spoiler-free since the book isn't out yet.

Beneath the Rising is an intriguing debut novel focusing closely on two characters: Nicky Prasad, the first-person narrator, and his prodigy/genius best friend, Joanna 'Johnny' Chambers. Johnny is a scientist and inventor with a penchant for improving the world. Nicky has always lived in her shadow, and struggles with his feelings of
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