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Pet by Akwaeke Emezi


Akwaeke Emezi

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1 review

Category: Children's
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication date: 7 Nov 2019
ISBN: 9780571355112

Jam must fight not only to protect her best friend, but also to uncover the truth. In their riveting and timely young adult debut, acclaimed novelist Akwaeke Emezi asks difficult questions about what choices a young person can make when the adults around them are in denial.

  • The TimesChildren's Book of the Week
2 stars out of 5
Alex O’Connell
1 Nov 2019

"This monster story is a muddle"

The premise is intriguing. Pet reminded me of a mystical character in a David Almond novel. But if only the writing were anywhere near as good as his: for all the noise, Pet is overwritten and confusing. It feels pitched to a readership aged 9-12 — the world they create isn’t meaty enough for older readers — but the shocking denouement places it firmly at the older end of young adult.