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Book review: The Last Graduate

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The wait is over! The anxiously awaited sequel to A Deadly Education, first book in the Scholomance series by Naomi Novik, has arrived at the library. Dark Academia is one of my favorite sub-genres, and this book is dark indeed! (Scholomance is like Hogwarts, if Hogwarts was run by Voldemort’s more powerful and more evil sibling…). Highly recommended but I strongly advise reading book 1 first if you haven’t already done so.

Library Journal review: “Keep far away from Orion Lake.” Galadriel “El” Higgins knows she should take her mother’s words seriously, but she has to survive her senior year in the Scholomance, and Orion may be one of the few allies (friends?) who can help. From day one of the term, El is up against deadly homework, the maleficaria that linger, and her destructive destiny for dark power. She must fight fate, feelings, and monsters to get herself and her allies out of this horrid school alive, and the stakes will only continue to rise. When El’s power is made public, she realizes that rules were made to be broken. In fact, throwing out the rulebook entirely might mean her survival…VERDICT Sardonic students, gruesome monsters, growing friendships, and a touch of romance create a highly readable story. Some questions remain to be answered in the trilogy’s last volume. The end of this installment ensures that book three can’t come fast enough.”

Book Review: Remote Control

Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor was a spectacular read. This poignant novella focusses on a young girl, Sankofa, whose encounter with an alien artifact has given her the ability to glow green and kill anyone her light touches. Sankofa is a resilient character and her story is both moving and heart wrenching as she travels across Ghana. Alone, aside from her fox, Sankofa journeys from town to town, learning more about humans as an outcast than she could as part of society. This story beautifully layers Ghanaian culture, futuristic elements, and mystery and is a must read for every sci-fi lover.

A Nigerian-American author, Okorafor’s works of science fiction and fantasy are an elegant blend of  African culture and fantastical elements.  Okorafor is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Hugo Award for Best Novella, Nebula Award for Best Novella, World Fantasy Award, and Macmillan Writers Prize for Africa.

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