Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

Hi Everyone!  It’s Becky. I kept hearing buzz about the book Pet by Akwaeke Emezi and I knew that had to read it.  I just finished listening to the audiobook and it definitely lived up to the hype.

44229236._SX318_.jpgTitle: Pet
Author: Akwaeke Emezi
Note: I listened to the audiobook.

Summary: Jam lives in the utopian city of Lucille where all monsters have been vanquished by the angels and there is no more crime or threats of violence.  However, Jam’s life changes when she accidentally mixes her blood with a painting her mother was creating and a creature emerges.  The creature, named Pet, is there to hunt a new monster in Lucille who may have ties to someone Jam loves.

Review: It’s not often that while I read a book do I think “Now that feels like literature” but I found myself thinking that several times while reading Pet.  Emezi has written a modern book that deals with serious contemporary issues such as child abuse and LGBTQ rights while also writing a book that feels like a classic piece of children’s/young adult literature.  Jam’s experiences, from transitioning to learning about the evils that exist in the world, are written in a beautiful and poetic way that captures the reader from the first word.  Emezi has written a story of life’s lessons that is layered with understanding while also being emotionally compelling.  Jam’s journey into a world that is not as perfect as her parents’ promise is eye-opening and heartbreaking as well as the perfect representation every child must take into adulthood.  Emezi story is engaging and beautifully that has already been shortlisted for The National Book Award and I would be shocked if it doesn’t appear on other awards and best-of lists.

Final Rating: 4 out of 5

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