Reviewed by Stephanie Ramirez (Library Staff)
“Perhaps you think you’ve heard it all from the “Young Adult fantasy fiction” genre. Between the Twilight, Hunger Games, Divergent, etc.
You would be wrong.
Tomi Adeyemi’s debut novel has been tearing up the literary world both for it’s brilliance as well as for the bidding war that it caused when released (a movie adaptation is already in the works, naturally).
Zelie Adebola is our heroine from the fantasy world of Orisha, where magic, once practiced and loved by its people, is now forbidden thanks to the evil King Saran. Zelie, along with her brother Tzain and a few friends and enemies along the way, venture from her homeland on a quest to bring back magic. The simple premise is anything but: issues of class, race, and systemic violence are all discussed and played out, sometimes to horrible effect.
Adeyemi is a young author and I would be lying if I said that it doesn’t show. She repeats herself a fair amount (i.e. the characters all have the same favorite curse words that are used ad nauseam) but I am really nitpicking here. Her writing was everything I want in a novel: I was racing to the finish to find out what happens while simultaneously dreading the inevitable wait for the sequel. A stunner.
Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC ADEYEMI)