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Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
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really liked it
bookshelves: arc-read, read-may-19

Copy received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Pet was a short but powerful read about a world where angels used to rule but are, for the most part, no longer around in society. A girl named Jam accidentally summons Pet, a creature who is on the hunt for a "monster" hidden in Jam's friend Redemption's house.

This novel was really cool. I loved the story and the message, but the characters were by far the strongest part of the book. Pet has to do with family bonds and what happens when those bonds are severed. In the end, a family member is betrayed by someone unexpected, and Pet turns out to be something that isn't expected. Pet was probably the coolest character because it acted as metaphor for revenge and redemption. While Pet wasn't necessarily a revenge story, those elements at the end made the book better than it would have been without them.

I wish that Pet was longer and included even more messages about family. I also think that if Pet was described in more detail, the story would have been more terrifying and left a stronger impact on the reader. Either way, this was a good book.

As a side note, the representation was awesome in this book. Jam is deaf and transgender, and Redemption has three parents, one of whom uses they/them pronouns. What more could you want?
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Reading Progress

April 9, 2019 – Shelved
April 9, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
May 9, 2019 – Started Reading
May 9, 2019 –
page 25
12.02%
May 9, 2019 –
page 25
12.02%
May 9, 2019 –
page 80
38.46%
May 9, 2019 –
page 90
43.27%
May 9, 2019 –
page 90
43.27% "Other than Pet just being an overall great book so far, there's also some awesome representation going on with our main character Jam, who's deaf and transgender."
May 10, 2019 –
page 110
52.88%
May 10, 2019 –
page 110
52.88%
May 11, 2019 – Shelved as: arc-read
May 11, 2019 – Shelved as: read-may-19
May 11, 2019 – Finished Reading

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