REVIEW: Riot Baby

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

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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. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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