Thursday, May 4, 2017

Book Review: 27 Hours by Tristina Wright


★★★★★



I received an advance copy of 27 Hours in exchange for an honest review.

In this fast-paced, pulse-pounding story, a group of teens must work together to stop an all-out war between the humans who colonized an alien moon and the indigenous aliens (known as Chimera)

This book hits the ground running (quite literally, I might add) and barely stops to take a breath. My heart was pounding so hard at times during this high-stakes story that I found it difficult to read more than a few pages at a time. 

I would be remiss if I didn’t give a trigger warning here: there is a lot of death and blood in this. If you’re sensitive to mass deaths, dead parents, or descriptions of blood and gore, you should take care while reading this. 

27 Hours is a story that excels at nuance. Within the 27 hours between the twin suns setting and the new day, the characters in this book must face their socially ingrained prejudices against the chimera, all while fighting a faction of anti-human chimera and attempting to stop a war. It’s easy to see why the humans would fear them—they literally look like monsters. With multiple heads, two tongues, large curving horns, and a wide range of body shapes and sizes, it’s no wonder that the aliens were nicknamed “gargoyles” “demons” “hellhounds” by the humans. However, much like the past on Earth, the humans in charge have made it a priority to ingrain prejudice into their children, giving them guns and weapons and teaching them to kill as soon as they are old enough to hold one. 27 Hours does a wonderful job at navigating this topic.

While I loved the plot, description, and overall writing quality, this story’s true shining beacon is in its characters. Rumor Mora is bisexual and multiracial, the son of a Nigerian and Portuguese dad and an Indian mom. Dahlia is a afrolatinx bisexual trans girl, Nyx is a chubby Deaf pansexual Cuban, Jude is a soft, freckled gay boy, Braeden is asexual, and many of the side characters are also queer. One character uses they/them pronouns, Braeden has two moms, Trick, Jude’s brother, is gay, but these characters are not tokenized or included simply to check off a box. They, as some might say, contain multitudes. The relationships that blossom (not all romantic!) are beautifully written. Romantic and non-romantic relationships are given the same weight and development which I found refreshing.

The writing in this is truly exceptional. The character descriptions, the action scenes, the cities and habitats, even the moon on which they reside with its nebulous sky is described in such exquisite detail that I could easily picture the surroundings. Creativity and innovation is clearly a strong suit of this author, and I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us. If you’re a fan of authors like Leigh Bardugo, Laini Taylor, Becky Chambers, Nnedi Okorafor, Ursula K. Le Guin, or Amie Kaufman, this is one for you.

27 Hours will be available to purchase on October 3rd. It is currently available to pre-order. And before I go, I just want y’all to see the dedication.

8 comments:

  1. I so cannot wait to read this book. I've loved following Tristina through the editing process and I don't think that October 3 can get here fast enough!

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