“Books became our language. Books became our home. Books became our lives.”
A cuentista is a storyteller – a griot – a master of stories and keeper of the ancestor’s memories. Petra is enthralled by her abuela’s skill with storytelling, she wants to know every story and make sure her family and humanity’s ways are not forgotten. She and her family are chosen to be a part of an arc taking selected humans away from planet Earth where a comet is looming to destroy it all. They are put in a suspended state until they reach their destination. When she wakes, what has transgressed is not what she and her family agreed to and she must find a way to restore what makes humanity so special… their heart, their compassion, their history, their stories.
This story is beautifully written and it gets to the heart of what is right and wrong with humanity. It explores the ethics of the greater good versus the success of the individual. Petra is a fabulous protagonist who never gives up on what she thinks is right. The world building is lush and immersive. It’s a quick but impactful read, do yourself a favor and get a little lost in this lovely piece of speculative fiction. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐
Do you prefer telling stories or listening to them?