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Riot Baby

Onyebuchi, Tochi. Book - 2020 Science Fiction / Onyebuchi, Tochi, Adult Book / Fiction / Science Fiction / General / Onyebuchi, Tochi 1 On Shelf No requests on this item Community Rating: 4.3 out of 5

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Call Number: Science Fiction / Onyebuchi, Tochi, Adult Book / Fiction / Science Fiction / General / Onyebuchi, Tochi
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"Rooted in foundational loss and the hope that can live in anger, Riot Baby is both a global dystopian narrative and an intimate family story with quietly devastating things to say about love, fury, and the black American experience. Ella and Kev are brother and sister, both gifted with extraordinary power. Their childhoods are defined and destroyed by structural racism and brutality. Their futures might alter the world. When Kev is incarcerated for the crime of being a young black man in America, Ella - through visits both mundane and supernatural - tries to show him the way to a revolution that could burn it all down"-- Provided by publisher.


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Overwhelming submitted by flemingj on July 23, 2020, 7:50am Really hard to explain and describe this book. It will stick with you and make you think.

Quick but deeply thought-provoking read submitted by jaromatorio on July 24, 2020, 11:21am "⁣Ella has a Thing. She sees a classmate grow up to become a caring nurse. A neighbor's son murdered in a drive-by shooting. Things that haven't happened yet. Kev, born while Los Angeles burned around them, wants to protect his sister from a power that could destroy her. But when Kev is incarcerated, Ella must decide what it means to watch her brother suffer while holding the ability to wreck cities in her hands."⠀

This book is a wonderful, page-turning read--though the story doesn't shy away from the deepest and most pressing racial justice issues in America today, it's imbued with a beautiful aspect of magical realism that keeps the reader from descending into complete despair over the tragedies found on each page. Though at times the more supernatural elements went a little over my head, overall I think the literal #blackgirlmagic added such an interesting and compelling element to the story.⠀

I devoured this book in one sitting and would absolutely recommend it to anyone looking for a quick but deeply thought-provoking read!⠀

Social justice themes submitted by Xris on April 14, 2022, 11:46pm I like the social justice themes in the book, but had a harder time wrapping my head around the sci-fi parts of it. Fairly quick read though. :)

Fair submitted by Susan4Pax -prev. sueij- on June 13, 2022, 10:11pm 3/5 stars. Far too often, I found _Riot Baby_ to be confusing. I liked the general premise… siblings with powers, and a storyline that takes on being Black in a slightly alternate America. But the writing left me unclear about who was telling what, when we were in the timeline, and other kinds of clues that would keep me grounded as a reader.

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New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2020.
Year Published: 2020
Description: 176 pages ; 21 cm
Language: English
Format: Book


Racism -- Fiction.
Families -- Fiction.
Revolutions -- Fiction.
Riots -- Fiction.
Dystopian fiction.
Science fiction.