This wasn’t a bad book, I want to start this review off with that.
While NetGalley had it as a Young Adult, the ages of the characters are more New Adult as they’re twenty-one-ish. And there are adult scenes, sex, violence, etc. It’s dystopian with some interesting scifi elements.
And a lot of racism.
Kenna is a Black woman, her grandfather, a Black man who attained the highest rank possible and was then murdered. Her friends are light/white.
When I say she faces a lot of racism I mean it is constant. Almost every page if not every page with someone using a slur for her.
She’s a tough, stubborn, angry woman and I don’t blame her. Her grandfather was all she had and he was taken from her. I just can’t deal with the racism. As a Black woman myself, I couldn’t deal. So this is a book I’ll be recommending people take care of themselves while reading.
Like I said earlier in my review, it isn’t a bad book. There are some problems though. Not the smoothest writing, it gets kind of jerky. There’s also an issue with flat characters. I didn’t care about a lot of people because aside from the real core characters, they weren’t very stand out for me.
We also have to talk about the trials that take place in the book. You want me to believe that it started with over one thousand ( 1,000) people and then it’s down to eight hundred (800) then so on. The trials are violent and I get it but that’s kind of a lot.
Also, there’s a lot of misogyny. And yeah, it comes from a character who’s an absolute waste and I couldn’t stand him but it was just so much.
I need a break from seeing people who look like me dealing with all of this crap. I want a strong female Black character who is strong and goes through hardships that don’t have anything to do with her skin tone.
That’s not a dig at the author. She’s a Black woman. I just can’t deal with this anymore.
I give it three (3) stars.
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to them and the publishers.