When he was three, an experiment gone wrong left Felix fused with an alien called Zyx. Ten years later, he’s gearing up for the Procedure, which will either separate him from Zyx or kill him. This, combined with Felix’s crush on a boy from school and his increasing difficulty with getting up in the morning, is going to make for an interesting month…
Right off the bat, I can say that Felix Yz has the most and most casual LGBTQIA+ representation I’ve ever seen in a standalone children’s book. Each character’s identity is handled with complete nonchalance because that’s not the focus of the story. Felix’s relationship with Zyx is.
Speaking of which, I love the way that their fusion was handled. Just because Felix has been dealing with it for ten years doesn’t mean that it’s easy for him and that shows. Their relationship feels a bit like one between siblings, if a bit more intimate considering they share a body. It makes Felix’s fear for the Procedure that much more real – not only could he die if it goes wrong, but he’ll lose Zyx forever if it goes right. For a heartfelt story full of casual LGBTQIA+ representation, I’d definitely suggest Felix Yz.
Yours in love and literature, Page.
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