[image] ARC sent by Saga Press via Bookish First for my honest review!
"Wars are dense with causes and effects, calculations and strange attractors,
[image] ARC sent by Saga Press via Bookish First for my honest review!
"Wars are dense with causes and effects, calculations and strange attractors, and all the more so are wars in time."
This is a beautifully written and poetic experience masquerading as a novella.
This Is How You Lose the Time War is a character-driven story; it is all about Red and Blue and their unlikely correspondences through time and space. There is much that you can glean from these letters about the world of this story, bits that you can piece together into a tableau. But this is not a book you strive to understand or pick apart. Its beauty lies in the purple prose, the story within two characters on opposing sides of war.
"Adventure works in any strand - it calls to those who care more for living than for their lives."
I was captivated by the adventures both Red and Blue take. There isn't one reality but multiple; strands and threads of possibiities woven together as opposing sides undo the work. We see Pompeii and Atlantis and countless other places in time, missions to save or doom the people depending on the desired outcomes.
As a person who loves worldbuilding, I will admit I struggled at first. I had no idea what was going on, but I had the feeling this is a book you are just supposed to experience. You won't understand the logistics of time travel (how they move downstrand and up), how the war started, or why the Garden and Agency are at odds. Those things really aren't the point. My recommendation is to just relax and let the poetic writing flow over you. This is a story to be experienced, and one I ultimately enjoyed.
"Death was not prejudiced by mortal things such as station or gender. It came for kings and queens and prostitutes alike, often leaving the living
"Death was not prejudiced by mortal things such as station or gender. It came for kings and queens and prostitutes alike, often leaving the living with regrets."
Maniscalo's debut novel is deliciously macabre and a must-read for fans of murder mysteries and historical fiction. While I found the twists to be predictable, this was an enjoyable read and I'm excited to continue the series!
I normally put my content warnings at the bottom of my reviews, but I feel like it is important to note up front that the book opens with a black and white photo of a corpse (there is also a photo of someone that died from leprosy further in the book) and the main character conducting an autopsy. This is a dark and gritty tale that isn't for the faint of heart and I would hate for someone to pick this up expecting a fun historical fiction story (which it is!) and being turned off by the gore. The bottom of the official book synopsis mentions historical photos but in case this wasn't what you were thinking...
Stalking Jack the Ripper is told in the first person perspective of Audrey Rose Wadsworth, the seventeen year old daughter of an overprotective lord and niece to a renowned coroner in the 1880s who finds herself investigating the famous Jack the Ripper.
“I dreamed of a day when girls could wear lace and makeup—or no makeup at all and don burlap sacks if they desired—to their chosen profession without it being deemed inappropriate."
I love historical fiction, particularly when the main female character rebukes and challenges society's expectations. Audrey Rose not only lives in a very sexist society but also is from the upper class which holds its own set of challenges and expectations. The book opens up with her conducting an autopsy under her Uncle Wadsworth's tutelage and the reader quickly learns that she is taking these lessons in spite of her father's wishes. Her uncle allows her to join in his lesson the following day provided that she dresses like a boy and keeps quiet, which she gleefully does to be able to learn. Her subterfuge plays a theme throughout the book as she almost lives a double life, even having to change her clothing when leaving the house to not arose her family's suspicion. Not all superheroes wear capes, some wear slippers and riding pants.
"Just because I studied cadavers didn’t mean I couldn’t appreciate beautiful garments."
As much as I adore Audrey Rose for her fascination with the dead, I love that she loves "feminine" things like frilly dresses; people are more complicated than just black and white rigid stereotypes and she is a well-rounded character that shows that these two things are not mutually exclusive of each other.
"I refused, absolutely refused to let this cruel treatment of a woman stand. I’d do everything in my power to solve this case for Miss Nichols. And for any other voiceless girl or woman society ignored."
The juxtaposition of the Ripper's victims and the privilege that Audrey Rose experiences is not lost on me. Despite being raised in "polite society" and being surrounded by men that view her incapable of having apprenticeships (let alone be in the presence of blood without fainting), she never loses sight of her privilege and wanting to find justice for these victims.
"Thomas cleared his throat. 'But I believe if your niece can handle dissecting a human, she can handle intelligent conversation without fainting. Her intellect, though nowhere near as vast as mine, may prove useful.'"
Thomas Cresswell is absolutely brilliant and I adore characters with the Sherlockian powers of deduction. He is arrogant but it comes from a confidence and he also is willing to share his knowledge with Audrey Rose to not only help her enhance her skills but also to have her as his crime-solving partner. I will always stan a love interest that builds up the object of their affection rather than keep them down. And as much as he wants to protect her, he doesn't shield or hide her away. Thomas' adoration and support of Audrey Rose honestly just melted my damn heart.
“Perhaps I don’t want any friends,” he said, moving toward the front door. “Perhaps I am content with speaking the way I do and care only what your opinion of me."
In case you can't already guess, let me tell you that I am here for this romance! I am a sucker for romances of this period that kind of exist outside the rules of polite society without throwing those rules out the window. There is something scintillating about the stolen glances and jests that really builds a natural chemistry between these characters that I found satisfying.
"The dead speak to those who listen."
Fast-paced and gripping, I devoured this book easily over the course of three days (which would have been faster had I not been trying to pace myself for the sake of the group read). I enjoy Maniscalo's writing and narrative style immensely, appreciating how descriptive the language is without getting needlessly lost in the details.
My one complaint is that I found the mystery to be entirely predictable which did lessen my enjoyment of the book a tad. I guessed fairly early on and while I don't normally hold that against a book (because this happens more often than not), towards the end of the book it bothered me a lot that Audrey Rose was doggedly pursuing a suspect against all the other clues laid before her. For me it felt like when you scream "behind you" at the screen when a person is about to be murdered in a horror movie. I look forward to seeing how the future books in the series are plotted and hope that the twists/red herrings are executed a bit better. (view spoiler)[Like she suspected both her father and her brother yet just kind of forgot about her suspicions about Nathaniel suddenly? It felt like Maniscalo was going "Look over here!" and try to trick the reader for the big reveal because it seemed so obvious to Audrey Rose in text, but it just felt like a poorly executed Scooby Doo red herring. (hide spoiler)]
Jack the Ripper is probably one of the most famous unsolved murder cases in history, and I love the story that Maniscalo crafted in answering what if?. She uses historical record to frame her narrative but also places her main character in the middle of the investigation in more ways than one. While these fictional characters are not likely the real culprits, I really appreciate the way that she explored the what if?... especially answering the question of why Jack the Ripper stopped killing. The deeper that Wadsworth and Cresswell dig, the more personal the stakes become in their search of justice for the murder victims.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading Stalking Jack the Ripper and am glad I finally got around to reading it! Even though I was left a little lacking on the twist execution, I love the characters so much that it didn't hamper my reading experience too much. I definitely am looking forward to reading the other books in the series, and recommend this to fans of gritty murder mysteries!
Audiobook notes: I absolutely loved the audiobook, Nicola Barber did an amazing job! She nails the sarcasm so well and I found myself laughing out loud on countless occasions. This is actually the first audiobook that wasn't fullcast that I was able to get into, which I think says a lot! You can listen to a three minute preview on Audiofile Magazine.
CONTENT WARNINGS: death, drug abuse, gore, murder, sexism
CALL THE POLICE, I've been personally victimized by this amazing book and need its sequel now. Review to come.
June 1, 2019: Under the spoiler belowCALL THE POLICE, I've been personally victimized by this amazing book and need its sequel now. Review to come.
✨✨ June 1, 2019: Under the spoiler below is my first impressions review based on reading the excerpt (first 47 pages). TL;DR: I am now waiting with bated breath for the chance to read the full book! ✨✨
(view spoiler)[The Beautiful is instantly engaging with effortless prose that sets the tone of the book: I love the undercurrent of foreboding that is present from the first page. Things are not as they seem and I am excited to learn more! The writing style is fast-paced and intriguing, and the book captures the essence of New Orleans during Mardi Gras season well from my experience (albeit in the 21st century).
"Maybe Celine did not have to live her life in fear of what might happen tomorrow. "
Oh goodness, do I relate with Celine so much already! I can tell that she is going to be headstrong with the desire for agency over her own choices. I am interested in the idea of atonement for what she did back home that led her to flee to New Orleans and how it with contrast with her own aspirations to go against the grain of society. And considering that her voyage to America was sponsored by the Catholic Church, that tension will likely have an extra layer of complexity.
"Every place she went, life insisted on confining her. Perhaps she deserved it. Her sins were many, her pardons few."
Plus she isn't one for the social expectations of women having never turned down a pan de chocolat. And her penchant for needlepoint subterfuge referencing Hamlet means I need her to be my best friend now. Pippa and Anabel are also equally interesting and fully fledged characters.
Celine is white passing (Biracial white and 'from the Orient' - her father never deigned to give her at least the country because it "wasn't important") and Pippa isn't interested in finding a match (which could develop into some LGBTQIAP+ rep).
Overall I am really impressed with the first 47 pages and absolutely cannot wait to have the chance to read the full book! (view spoiler)[
I read this in one sitting! I definitely picked up more Romeo and Juliet vibes from this than expected, but the themes of the Iliad are evidentI read this in one sitting! I definitely picked up more Romeo and Juliet vibes from this than expected, but the themes of the Iliad are evident throughout - the underlying story being an important one of privilege and gentrification set in San Francisco.
"You turn eighteen, and they find you. There is no other recruitment. Eighteen - old enough to have had your heart hardened, young enough that blood still passes through it. Not everyone is recruited, of course, but the gangs are smart. They pick people with nothing to lose. The ones who are angry. Those who join San Francisco's infamous Red Bridge Wars do so willingly."
The ultimate war between the haves and the have-nots has waged on the streets of San Fransico for ten years. Three gangs run by teenagers are the players: Herons, Boars, and the mysterious Stags. The Herons are the tech companies and their families; their power and wealth drastically changing the city and displacing the poor. The Boars fight back, largely with violence. And the Stags? Well, some people say they don't even exist.
The book begins on the night of Valerie's eighteenth birthday. Her younger brother was killed in crossfire by one of the gangs two years earlier, and she is determined to join the Wars to find out who is responsible to exact her revenge. But instead of being recruited by the Herons like she always thought (and thus being separated from her ex-boyfriend), she joins the Stags.
I really fell for Valerie and the rest of the Stags, especially Micah and Jax. Valerie is biracial (half Filipino and there is Tagalog in the book) and comes from a comfortable middle-class upbringing, which compared to her ex-boyfriend's family never felt like much. I appreciate that she doesn't deny her privilege when confronted by her fellow Stags, who for the most part grew up poor. I wish there was stronger LGBTQIAP+ representation. One of the stags, Nianna, tells Valerie that she is "queer and damn proud of it," but other than that line there isn't a mention of what her identity explicitly or implicitly is.
Losing her brother really affected Valerie; her grief and guilt run through the book. Major content warning for self-harm.She bakes in order to quiet the anxiety and occupy her thoughts, but she is also a cutter and there is on-page cutting in the book. As someone who has struggled with this for most of her life, I am not sure how I feel about the self-harm representation. I was able to comprehend the motivation because I have experienced it, but I don't know the motivations were really explored in text. I wish that the way Valerie talks about baking is how she would discuss the cutting. It just felt very surface level to me, and with something as serious as mental health and self-harm, I wish the representation were better than just... being there.
"Live fast, fight for what we want, then die and be remembered for all we accomplished."
Despite this being a heavy book of loss, grief, and vengeance, it is also filled with hope. Of the little things we can do to make a difference: frequenting mom-and-pop shops when we can, questioning the status quo and, researching things for yourself instead of believing what you are told. It's a love letter to civil disobedience and paints a picture of potential ways bad actors can ruin the message.
"I figure, if anything, the city's myriad ailments help the Wars. It's like a cancer - there's no easy fix, and while the state and local government tangles itself in red tape, the Wars go on as a newer symptom masked by others."
The book feels very punk rock to me, and nails the teenage optimism and fire to change the world for the better. They haven't been hardened by the reality of the world and complacent to let it simply continue as it always has. I haven't read The Outsiders, but this does remind me of my punk youth... and the Stags' methods for addressing the growing social inequality in their city reminds me a bit of SLC Punk. *choked sobbing*
The writing is gripping and engaging, once I started the book I was hooked until the end. It's a fast-paced read and a solid debut. As a note, I think the publisher got the genre classification wrong. The book is listed as a Thriller in their catalog, but it's really more of a contemporary story with elements of a dystopia setting. There is the mystery of who murdered Valerie's brother at the center of the story, but don't go in expecting an edge-of-your-seat thriller.
"Society says we're bad, but we're doing what the police can't and the other gangs won't [...] We're smarter than they are, and doing the right thing.'"
At the heart, this is a touching story of love, sacrifice, and revenge in a city at war between the haves and the have nots. San Francisco is a city where gentrification is evident on every street corner thanks to the growth of Silicon Valley, so it is the perfect setting for this story. Price did a fantastic job transporting the reader to the streets of the City, and she is definitely an author to watch. I look forward to reading her next book!
Content warnings: anxiety, child death, depression, grief, gun violence, mention of suicide, self-harm (on-page), underage drinking and drug use
eARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review. Quotations are from an uncorrected proof and subject to change upon final publication.
While this review is spoiler-free for Rage, tread lightly if you haven't read Roar yet as this review has spoilers for the first book.
Anticipation is a tricky thing, friends. I loved Roar so much that I had incredibly high expectations for this sequel, and unfortunately, I was a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong, this is a solid sequel, one that I enjoyed and would recommend, but some elements of the story didn't work well for me.
"I wanted to choose my own life, rather than having it chosen for me."
Aurora is at a crossroads in this installment of the Stormheart series. In Roar, she was able to go on the adventure she always dreamed of and find the power needed to protect Pavan. She got to choose her destiny, but now that freedom has come to an end because duty calls. And now she has a lot of choices to make.
"Life happens how it happens, and you can either move with the maelstrom or die wallowing about the change in the winds."
Miscommunication plays a big role in Rage, which is probably my least favorite plot device in the world. Remember at the end of Roar when she was about to tell Kiran the truth about her identity? I was really disappointed that it was dragged out until 24% into Rage, all the while putting her friends in danger for not knowing the truth. And then Kiran doesn't take the truth very well (who could blame him) and spends a chunk of the book not communicating his feelings either. I was just a frustrated Kal at all the not communicating - but this is a big me thing.
"All of us are loners in some way. We don't form attachments easily. But you were one of us. Nothing matters more in a crew than trust."
Despite the hurt feelings when the truth gets out, this found family is still there with their typical banter and love for one another. Each character handles the news differently, and I appreciated that nuance.
I think the root of my annoyance was with what I perceived to be backward development for Aurora's character. One of the things I loved the most about Roar is her bravery and fierce independence, but also her willingness to learn from those who are experts around her. The events of Rage test her in a lot of ways to prepare her for what she needs to do and how far she will go to protect Pavan. But she feels less sure, less open to the feedback of others. She almost feels like a completely different person to me. I know that the Aurora I loved was the adventurer and that as a revolutionary she might have some reservations, but she didn't hold a spark of that independence.
While I spent the majority of the book annoyed with Aurora and Kiran, I absolutely loved Novaya and Jinx in this installment! I am glad that Nova got more page-time in this book and it was interesting to watch her not only stay loyal to Aurora despite the circumstances but also try to gain control over her magic. I loved how supportive of Aurora Jinx was as if the truth changed nothing for her, which was a nice foil to Kiran's feelings of betrayal.
One of my favorite things about this series is the magical world Carmack created, and I love how it was expanded in Rage! Learning more about how the magic works, especially for non-Stormlings, was a fun exploration. I also enjoyed the flashbacks and how the histories all tied together at the end.
Ultimately this is a bridge from the person Aurora wants to be (Roar) to who she must become. Overall, I found this to be an action-packed read that I enjoyed and read pretty quickly, but the pacing was a little uneven. I struggled with the first half of the book a bit, which could be largely a result of my frustration at Roar dragging out the secret longer than necessary. The last third of the book was fast-paced and I was on the edge of my seat - I cannot wait for the next book because I think it is set up quite well. I look forward to finding out the truth about the Stormlord (I have my theories!) and how the events of Rage will impact the battle.
“Amba turned then. “Very well. This sea, right here. Swim out until you can see gold lights underwater. You’ll find a blueflower garden there, deep below the surface. Pick a single flower and bring it to me. If you succeed, you’ll earn your place in history. And my admiration. I’ll even give you three boons. Three wishes, for a single flower.'”
One small action, forever having ripples on the future of the world. That is what Steel and Flowers brings to light for us: how Esmae's mother Kyra came to undo the fragile peace in the world and how the events of A Spark of White Fire come to pass.
I enjoyed this brief glimpse into the past before Alexi and Esmae were even born. I am definitely interested in Leila Saka and Kyra's friendship and hope that there will be more glimpses into the past. Since every action has consequences and brings our characters closer to the fixed points, I enjoyed seeing one piece of the puzzle. I also have more theories now about Max which I look forward to uncovering.
You can read about the author event with Katy Rose Pool and Kiersten White here on Reader Voracious Blog! [image]There Will Come a Darkness is anYou can read about the author event with Katy Rose Pool and Kiersten White here on Reader Voracious Blog! [image]There Will Come a Darkness is an ambitious epic fantasy debut that features:
✨creepy cults ✨ruthless girls ✨boys with a LOT of feelings ✨siblings ✨doomsday prophecies
If this sounds interesting to you, then I encourage you add this one to your TBRs immediately!
I'm a simple reader: put doomsday prophecies, loveable characters doing their best, and morally grey characters in a book and I'm summoned! This book is epic fantasy at its best, building the world up around the reader through the characters and their experiences. The world is rich and vast, but the worldbuilding is doled out slowly so it never feels like an info-dump.
I often struggle with books that have multiple points of view, and There Will Come a Darkness has five of them. But the way that Pool crafted this story is nothing short of masterful: the exposition is doled out slowly and each character has information that the others don't. They each have a different perspective on the world and offer more information about society at large through their place within it.
"'All of these things are connected. All of them mean that the last prophecy is unfolding. One of them, or perhaps all of them together, will bring about the Age of Darkness.'"
Each character has a distinct voice and I found myself getting more and more attached as I progressed in the plot. It's rare that I love a large cast of characters as much as I did here. Their conversations feel real and authentic, and Pool did a great job building out each of their backstories.
I especially found myself heavily invested in Jude's POV because his journey explores the notion of duty and personal desires, sacrifice, and how often when achieving a goal we feel "now what?" His arc is the literal interpretation of free will versus predetermination. Everything he wants in life is in direct opposition to his role and position in the Order, so his struggle is duty versus the personal attachments he has (but shouldn't). It is worth noting that Jude offers the LGBTQIAP+ representation and his romantic interest is forbidden: not for orientation but rather because of his position in the Order (like priests or monks being celibate).
As the narrative continues, I found myself anticipating when the character's paths would cross and how their journeys would dovetail. It was like watching a puzzle be completed in story form. There is so much backstabbing and twists, too. I gasped on more than one occasion while reading! More than anything, I loved the murkiness of the 100-year old prophecy and in trying to interpret it. Each of our five main characters plays a part, and while each of them is good (aka not wanting to bring about the Age of Darkness), their actions could still be bringing forth what they fear. It does bring an interesting discussion of determinism and free will.
The one downside to the multiple perspectives is that sometimes it took a minute for my goldfish brain to connect some of the dots. I take really good notes out of necessity for reviewing though, and that really helped with jogging my memory. It did take me ten days to read this book, but I think that is in large part due to a slump because whenever I read the book I was fully immersed and devoured the pages.
Overall, I really enjoyed this debut fantasy novel and can't wait to continue the series! I recommend this to readers who like large casts of characters, doomsday prophecy, and tightly plotted narratives.
Thank you Henry Holt for Young Readers for providing me an eARC of this book for my honest review. (I have since purchased a final copy.) Quotations are taken from an uncorrected proof and are subject to change upon final publication.
Representation: lgbtqiap (gay main character), racially diverse (4 of 5 MCs are characters of color) Content warnings: inferred sexual abuse, imprisonment, murder, PTSD symptoms, racism, refugee camps, religious war, torture, toxic and abusive relationships, violence, xenophobia
“Humans are experts in sharing. It started with cave paintings and evolved into books, tweets, virtual reality. […] We’re complicated beings who hardly understand our own selves, and that’s precisely why we put those experiences out into the world. To find our place in it.”
The book is told in the first person perspective of Opal Tal, a 17-year old coding genius who is determined to find the answers to her father’s disappearance seven years earlier. She’s tried to move on, reinventing herself as Opal Hopper to hide from her past in anonymity, but when a competition comes up with the prize of meeting reclusive tech genius Howie Mendelsohn she can’t help but enter for a chance to meet him and get the answers she is sure he can provide.
WAVE is the latest craze, and you can think of it as the virtual reality equivalent of Youtube. Instead of vlogging on your kitchen floor in front of a camera, WAVE is a full-on production with design and digital avatar viewers when you go live. And Opal stumbles upon some information and her show goes viral with her honest depiction of reality and how the way we portray ourselves online doesn’t line up with how we truly feel. It is a really interesting take on how people put their best version of themselves up on social media, as well as how easy it is for people to hop onto a bandwagon because everyone else is doing it. The book honestly made me think a lot about my relationship with social media, which has definitely been evolving over the last two years.
“Be careful putting yourself out there; privacy is hard to get back.”
I love the characters so much. Opal, Moyo, and Shane are such a great friend group and I love how they support one another. It’s their senior year and with college applications looming and the pressures of soon venturing into a new stage of life, I think Ahmadi depicted the struggles of teenagers really well. (Also can I just reiterate again how glad I am that social media was not a thing when I was in high school? Because I am forever thankful.) I felt most connected to Opal and Shane, but I really enjoyed everyone… even Kara grew on me! What was most interesting for me was how Opal’s relationship with her friends evolves as the story progresses, as evidenced by how they interact with her. Her grief and desire for answers makes her selfish and a little difficult to like in that regard but she felt like a real person to me just doing her damn best.
Girl Gone Viral is more than sci-fi: it’s about coming of age in a world rapidly changing & polarizing worldviews. It’s set in a plausible near future with tech that could launch tomorrow. Or very well could exist now but because I’m old and the opposite of hip I don’t know about it but that isn’t the point. Because with a society obsessed with tabloids and the voyeuristic nature of following online influencers, of course there would be paparazzi drones.
Reading this one was especially fun for me because it is set in Palo Alto, CA and there’s so much discussion on the whole start-up/tech culture of Silicon Valley that is relatable as a person that currently lives in the vicinity. A big thing in the tech world is disruption, essentially challenging the way we’ve always done things and making things better.
“Sometimes I wonder if people are right, when they refuse to treat me or talk to me with equal respect, because I’m a girl. Maybe we live in a world where I’m not meant to succeed. A world that actively fights to limit my success. And maybe, in that same world, my dad really did bring his fate upon himself.”
When an investor appears and talks about how gloriously disruptive the show is, I couldn’t help but laugh because she was challenging the careful facades that everyone puts on online. But there are definitely challenges to getting an investor, as our characters discover. Opal struggles to have her experiences and opinions validated by the adults around her, asserting that they know what is best. Considering that she is in a high school for tech geniuses and how much women are underrepresented in STEM fields, I personally appreciated this added discussion because it felt believable to me but also challenges those ideas in the text.
Ahmadi effortlessly crafted a future that parallels society today, using the lens of technology to discuss the post-2016 election Nationalistic world that America has found itself in. Instead of “Make America Great Again,” we have the Luddite “Back to basics” political movement that rises to power against all odds on a platform of “bring the jobs back to people from machines.”
“It all boils down to comfort with the old way of doing things. It boils down to nostalgia.”
It’s a social commentary that I really appreciated that has relevance well beyond the Trump Election comparison. The notion of nostalgia plays a bit role in the rise of nationalism has been sweeping the globe in recent years, but the methods are direct descendants what has been seen throughout history during colonization. The idea that society has been led astray from the time when things were perfect, and this group is the one position to bring back that Golden Era. The problem with a revisionist view of the past is that “better” is not for everyone, and often that idealized history didn’t exist in the first place. In the case of the Luddite argument, it completely disregards all the positives that technology brings society – and that throughout history when jobs have gone obsolete, people find new careers. We no longer have a need for lamplighters now that we have electricity, and we don’t have people phone operators anymore. But what we do need are the people capable of creating and maintaining technology, along with countless other fields.
The pacing of the book is solid, building in tension towards the revelations but the ending did feel a little rushed compared to the rest of the book. The main mystery of what happened to Opal’s father is revealed but the ending of the book is left a bit too open for my tastes. My one complaint is that the book doesn’t feel like a standalone, it actually feels like the ending was a set-up for a sequel. I just feel like there was so much development on the political front to have it end where it did! But the fact that created a world that I cannot get enough of is impressive and I truly hope that he writes more.
Overall, I loved this book so much! I found it to be fast-paced and engaging, with a good balance between making me think and being about the characters. I wouldn’t call this quiet YA at all, but the characters do each deal with their own internalized struggles of wanting to be good enough and succeed. I highly recommend this one and don’t think that the technology is too advanced to deter people that typically shy away from science fiction.
REPRESENTATION: black rep (Nigerian), depression rep (Shane), women in STEM CONTENT WARNINGS: alcoholism, cyber bullying, depression, loss of a parent, on-page death, suicide
Many thanks to Penguin Teen for sending me an ARC for my honest review and letting me participate in the blog tour! Quotes are taken from an unfinished ARC and may not match final publication.