Monday, January 11, 2021

Review: Pet

Pet Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

One of my shadow goals is to read more middle grade books because it's been 30 years since I left that category behind. Pet seems to be solidly on the border between middle grade and YA, with a memorable protagonist, a close friendship, and a town that claims they got rid of all the monsters....

I bought the hardcover last year in a bundle from Sistah Scifi but as I read this I discovered the paperback comes out on the 19th (of January 2021, not a paid advertisement.)

"It was no small thing to try to restructure a society, to find the pus boiling away under the scabs, to peel back the hardened flesh to let it out."

I found it a bit preachy and a bit heavy handed on metaphor but maybe that works for middle readers?

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