The stunning first YA novel from award-winning author Akwaeke Emezi, set in a city of the future where evil is said to have been eradicated
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How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist?
She stumbled backwards, her eyes wide, as the figure started coming out of the canvas
She tried to be brave. Well, she said, her hands only a little shaky, at least tell me what I should call you.
Well, little girl, it replied, I suppose you can call me Pet.
There are no more monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. With doting parents and a best friend named Redemption, Jam has grown up with this lesson all her life. But when she meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colours and claws, who emerges from one of her mother’s paintings and a drop of Jam’s blood, she must reconsider what she’s been told. Pet has come to hunt a monster, and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption’s house. Jam must fight not only to protect her best friend, but also to uncover the truth.
In their riveting and timely young adult debut, acclaimed novelist Akwaeke Emezi asks difficult questions about what choices a young person can make when the adults around them are in denial.
‘Beautiful, genre-expanding’ The New York Times
‘Compelling… a wonderful mix of fantasy, dystopian drama, political commentary and a coming of age tale that is sure to grip any reader’ The Scotsman
‘The word hype was invented to describe books like this’ Refinery29
This soaring novel shoots for the stars and explodes the sky with its bold brilliance
A powerful and highly original YA debut
A riveting and important read that couldn’t be more well timed to our society’s struggles with its own monsters
Compelling . . . a wonderful mix of fantasy, dystopian drama, political commentary and coming of age tale that is sure to grip any reader
Emezi’s direct but tacit story of injustice, unconditional acceptance, and the evil perpetuated by humankind forms a compelling, nuanced tale
Will appeal to readers across age ranges
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