Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
Available At: Electronic, Aspen Valley (MS), Chinook Trail (MS), Challenger, Eagleview, Mountain Ridge, Pine Creek, Timberview
Categories: Anti-Police, Cursing, LGBTQ+, Politics, Racism, Sexual, Violence
Description: In a near-future society that claims to have gotten rid of all monstrous people, a creature emerges from a painting seventeen-year-old Jam’s mother created, a hunter from another world seeking a real-life monster.
YA Label?: Yes
Notes: This book contains violence including child abuse; references to sexual assault; profanity; inflammatory religious commentary; alternate gender ideologies; inflammatory commentary on government and society including policing.
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Page 7: “It was the angels who took apart the prisons and the police; who held councils prosecuting the former officers who’d shot children and murdered people, sentencing them to restitution and rehabilitation.”
Page 8: “No revolution is perfect. In the meantime, the angels banned firearms, not just because of the school shootings but also because of the kids who shot themselves and their families at home; the civilians who thought they could shoot people who didn’t look like them, just because they got mad or scared or whatever, and nothing would happen to them because the old law liked them better than the dead.”
Page 22: “Jam was fifteen when she told Aloe she wanted surgery, and her father sat and wrapped his arms around her. ‘You know you’re still a girl whether you get surgery or not, right? No one gets to tell you anything different.’”
Page 87: “They’d done their best to tear apart entire structures, things that made monsters. “We must kill the structures all the way to their roots,” the angels had said, “and only then will Lucille be safe.””
Page 109: “‘So the obvious monsters would’ve been like the police and the billionaires,’ Redemption was saying. ‘But the angels must have figured out how to find the ones that weren’t so obvious.’”
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