The author that brought us the beautiful Addie LaRue can also kick ass! Vicious reads like an epic action movie — Eli Ever and Victor Vale are two college students who stumble onto the secret to becoming EO's (ExtraOrdinaries). Their origin stories as superheroes, (or villains) is visceral, fast paced, and very engaging. This book is gritty; once you read it the title definitely starts to make sense.
This book tells the story of G as he grows to adulthood. Through this simple structure, we observe the dramatic changes that colonialism brings to his village. As the protagonist changes, so does his understanding of the racial and social structures around him. The language of the novel is poetic and dynamic, and constantly challenges us as readers to reimagine our own perspectives on race, class, colonialism, and power structures.
Odili, our idealistic narrator, begins the novel as a school teacher, but is drawn into the unsteady and volatile politics of an unnamed fictional country in Africa. His perspective and ideals begin to shift as his country edges toward upheaval. Achebe cuts to the truth of all kinds of subjects with satire, irony, and empathy. This novel is beautiful and intricate, every re-reading bringing a different perspective and revelations.
McDougall, author of Born to Run, brings us a very sweet and surprising story about a donkey's rehabilitation through trail running. The book is full of amazing characters; from ultra winners to casual racers and enthusiasts, all of whom will inspire you to take up running. This book will definitely make you want to get on a trail and also buy a miniature donkey.
The four Gold children's lives are set on upon unalterable paths when they meet a traveling psychic in 1969 - or is there really any such thing as fate? The book follows the lives of the four children through the next five decades and forces the question of whether we make our own destinies, or if that even matters.
This fantasy world is unlike anything I have ever read, and same goes for the writing. Jemisin masterfully depicts prejudice, love, fear, and what power really means. The characters Essun, Damaya and Syenite are incredibly real and intense. You will be thinking about them for years after you put the book down.
This book is definitely a darker take on the chosen hero storyline. It begins ten years after the defeat of the "dark one." Sloane Andrews and the other four heroes are all still very much dealing with the aftermath. When mysterious, magical things begin to happen again, they are all extremely reluctant to take up their old roles as heroes. For fans of Vicious, The Boys, and Watchmen.