Bird is a young boy living in dystopian society where the government is overreaching to maintain “American ideals,” meaning anyone they deem as against the grain can disappear or have their children removed from them. Bird is living with his timid father missing his mother who left under the threat of prosecution. As people of Asian descent they are prime targets. Bird is twelve and meets a young girl Sadie who makes him start to question this society and begin to wonder what really happened to his mother.
This was me giving Celeste Ng a second chance, I did not like Little Fires Everywhere at all. I love dystopian stories so I decided to give this one a chance when it popped up as one of the Libro.fm ALCs and I am glad I did! I loved this story. Dystopian is my jam and this one hit all the marks for me. It was hauntingly realistic, emotionally wrought and deeply touching. My heart ached for Bird and I just loved the way the backstory opened like a flower in the morning sun. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Definitely one of my favorites of the year.
Thanks to Libro.FM for gifted access via their ALC program. All opinions above are my own.
What author did you give a second chance and end up changing your opinion?