REVIEW: Riot Baby

“We don’t get where we’re going matching hate for hate.”


Wow, what did I just read?! I’m not quite sure but I want more of it. A little bit contemporary treatise on being black in America and a little bit sci-fi, it reminded me a lot in style of Binti. We feel the emotions of brother and sister, Kevin and Ella as they navigate through life as black children and young adults. Both have special abilities that bond them to one another but separate them from those around them. 

Kevin is incarcerated and Ella is his only link to the outside world. The bond between the two is so intense. They show us the struggle of being black throughout history and how the system is just completely against them. Ella has the ability to also glimpse the future and the potential of what she sees gives them both hope to hold on through the worst.

My rating is simply reflective of the brevity and the quick shifting through their lives which stylistically frustrated me because I wanted so much more information about them and their lives. Had this book been a hundred pages longer it could easily have been a five-star read for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Published by openmypages

I am the Vice President of Clinical Affairs for a medical device company where my job is to promote the utility of the device to doctors. I have science and business degrees and have editorial experience in medical communications. In college, I served as an Editorial Assistant for a healthcare communications company and have served on two editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals. In my free time, I always have a book in my hand... or two or three! On average, I read 20 books a month. I have looked to combine two of my skill sets to review on Goodreads and promote books on Instagram that I love to other readers. I'm open to partnering with publishers as an influencer for book tours, giveaways etc.

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