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June 14, 2020
Not All of the Monsters Are Gone
by Page Turner

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

Pet by Awaeke Emezi

Summary

There are no monsters in Lucille anymore. At least, that’s what everyone thinks. When Pet arrives in Jam’s house, it has only one purpose – to hunt a monster. Now, Jam has to find out who the monster is, even though no one wants to believe that there are any still around.

Review

I’ve never read a book quite likeĀ Pet. In this story, the main character has to fight to right a wrong that no one else believes exists, rather than leading a revolution against overt cruelty. It was certainly a refreshing concept – a post-revolution world that everyone thinks is perfect and seems to have no kind of discontent. Such a world seems impossible. And in a way, it is, since even Lucille has its hidden monsters. This book also shows that there can be no complacency, even if everything seems right with the world.

The monster/angel dichotomy was also one I don’t see a lot of in YA. Usually, there are angels and there are demons. I found it interesting that the author chose to use “monster” instead of “demon”, which could be for a lot of reasons that I’m probably not qualified to go into detail about. All in all, it’s really an intriguing concept that makes for an amazing story.

Yours in love and literature, Page.

Content warnings: swearing, implied pedophilia

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