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"[A] beautiful, genre-expanding debut. . . . Pet is a nesting doll of creative possibilities." -The New York Times
The highly-anticipated, genre-defying new novel by award-winning author Akwaeke Emezi that explores themes of identity and justice. Pet is here to hunt a monster. Are you brave enough to look?

There are no monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. Jam and her best friend, Redemption, have grown up with this lesson all their life. But when Jam meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colors and claws, who emerges from one of her mother's paintings and a drop of Jam's blood, she must reconsider what she's been told. Pet has come to hunt a monster, and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption's house. Jam must fight not only to protect her best friend, but also to uncover the truth, and the answer to the question—How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist?
Acclaimed novelist Akwaeke Emezi makes their riveting and timely young adult debut with a book that asks difficult questions about what choices you can make when the society around you is in denial.
"Like [Madeleine] L'Engle, Akwaeke Emezi asks questions of good and evil and agency, all wrapped up in the terrifying and glorious spectacle of fantastical theology." -NPR
Publisher: Random House Children's Books


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CCPL_Teens Jul 24, 2020

A cool thing about this book is that the fantasy elements of the story are metaphors for things in today's world that make the reader look and think about these things in a different way.

Mar 11, 2020

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS Well-written story with a great title character but I was ultimately disappointed. SPOILERS FROM HERE ON OUT: Undeniable and unquestioned justice is swiftly meted out to the bad guy in a way that is impossible in real life. I realize this is a fable, but I suspect this story is a potential trigger to victims of systemic physical or sexual abuse whose "angel" never arrived to mete out justice.

Feb 14, 2020

It was amazing and beautiful and a good way to talk about good and evil, helping and abuse. Also good for highly sensitive kids. If any other adults had to put down Freshwater, maybe it would be easier to go back to it after reading this. Still hesitant about that step, but totally recommend this book for interested teens and adults.

Tigard_HollyCP Jan 06, 2020

Sometime in the future, a revolution has taken place in which monsters have all been neutralized by human angels. Before the revolution, monsters harmed people because of the color of their skin or their gender identity among many other things, but that is all past. People can now be who they are without fear of discrimination or harm. But when Jam accidentally summons a creature from a painting her mother created, Jam faces the fact that monsters may not actually be gone after all. And when she learns that her best friend may be in the presence of this monster, she realizes that she must take action.

I must admit I had a hard time with the author’s style in the beginning, but I am so glad I persevered past the first chapter, because it was worth it.

Jam just so happens to be a black trans girl, and I believe this may be the first book I have ever read with a trans protagonist where the story is not ABOUT them being trans. We need more everyday diversity books with trans characters, and this is a great start. Written by #ownvoices black and non-binary author.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Dec 04, 2019

Beautifully written fable featuring a main character who is transgender.

VaughanPLShelly Nov 17, 2019

What a wonderful unique book! If you're a fan of speculative fiction with compelling characters and fast-paced action, I highly recommend this one.

JCLEmmaF Oct 30, 2019

A quoteable, fable-like story about angels and monsters, justice and community, following a trans girl who accidentally brings forth a creature from a painting. As the professional reviews would say, timely, yet timeless. I'll be thinking about this one for awhile, and I'm sure it would create good discussions.

JCLChrisK Oct 29, 2019

An engaging . . . not-quite-fable . . . about what makes people angels, what makes them monsters, how hard it can be to see them for what they are, and how to react when we are able to identify them. It makes you think.

"The first step to seeing is seeing that there are things you do not see."

PawsFurBooks Oct 24, 2019

Gods above, this book was a good one. It was a super quick read but what a whopper. Emezi takes magical realism to a whole new level and dimension and she doesn't shirk from discussing hard topics/truths about the nature of humans.

The cast of characters is diverse, with rich development for the three main characters as the story progresses. Jam, our protagonist, is a curious teen who trying to handle an unknown situation as best as she can without having any support from her parents. Redemption deals with a monstrous situation without the help of his parents but doesn't let his fear or disbelief keep him from acting. And Pet. Well, I love Pet. It is the objective character that reflects the foibles of the people and the town of Lucille and keeps the truth very ... present. Regardless of it's good or bad nature.

This book will leave you thinking and aching and just a little stunned and also kind of in love with the characters by the end of it. But Emezi's writing style is a little off-putting at first, but it's well worth the adjustment.

Oct 15, 2019

What a great book! Read it in a day. I could not put it down.

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JCLChrisK Oct 29, 2019

The first step to seeing is seeing that there are things you do not see.


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