Arc review of 27 Hours by Tristina Wright.
Page Count: 400
Author: Tristina Wright
Synopsis: Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.
But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.
Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with Dahlia, her best friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother’s shadow, and to unlearn Epsilon’s darkest secret.
They’ll both have to commit treason to find the truth.
During one twenty-seven-hour night, if they can’t stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, the things they wish for will never come true, and the things they fear will be all that’s left.
27 Hours is a sweeping, thrilling story featuring a stellar cast of queer teenagers battling to save their homes and possibly every human on Sahara as the clock ticks down to zero.
Rating: 3/5 (updated review)
This book has been found to have various problematic aspects that must be discussed. Although I did enjoy reading it the first time, I now can’t happily cheer about it as I did in the original review below. But here is what I have to say about it.
It has a white person explaining racism and colonialism to a POC. It has a ace rep that has cause a few asexual people to feel uncomfortable for it simply equates asexuality to simply not wanting to have sex. The author released an apology and it simply didn’t really cover what was actually wrong with the book. So sadly with all that has come up with the book I have lowered the rating to three stars.
Here is a link to the review that made me realize all these problematic aspects and kudos to Aimal for such a well thought out review. Review here.
A group of teens set the task upon themselves to stop a war between the indigenous species of the moon they colonized on and the humans who see the chimera (the indigenous species) as a source of evil. These teens all come from different backgrounds and they all have different stories with the chimera, yet at the end they all come together as they understand that no war is the best choice.
This book is fast paced, this isn’t the normal sci-fi where first calm chapters are given to try and set the stage for you. You start running alongside the characters as they only have 27 hours before daylight to stop a war. There are very few moments where you can catch your breath because there isn’t a time you want to stop reading. Yet, even if it starts running fast, Tristina does an amazing job to set the stage while going at a fast pace.
The plot and setting are just great, but after reading this book my mind is just so focused on one thing. Nyx. Not just her, but mostly her, all the characters are utterly unique. I fall in love with them a bit more every time I see their names. The way their personalities are so natural as they talk and take action is so perfect. They are all so well developed it’s breathtaking.
Just a quick note of all their identities
Rumor Mora, a bisexual multiracial POC
Nyx, a deaf pansexual Latinx
Dahlia, a afrolatinx bisexual trans girl
Jude,a gay boy
Braeden, a POC asexual ray of sunshine
But their identities are not like in other books where it seems like there is just a want to fill the diversity mark. Their identities are part of who they are as a character, it shaped them to who they are now and I find this an important thing YA needs. Also, they aren’t the only diverse characters, there are many other secondary characters that are also queer(Jude’s and Trick’s brother use they/them pronouns, Braeden has two moms, and so many more examples). There are relationships that aren’t romantic! It’s such pure and healthy friendships that love each other so much that it makes me so emotional. And if there is a romance, the characters always ask for consent. Consent is EVERYWHERE.
Pick up this book when it comes out! I promise you that you won’t regret it.
TW: gore, panic attacks, mass deaths, death of parents