Brown Girl in the Ring

Nalo Hopkinson

fiction fantasy science fiction
adventurous challenging mysterious medium-paced

250 pages | first published 1998

The rich and privileged have fled the city, barricaded it behind roadblocks, and left it to crumble. The inner city has had to rediscover old ways-farming, barter, herb lore. But now the monied need a harvest of bodies, and so they prey upon the helpless of the streets. With nowhere to turn, a young woman must open herself to ancient truths, eternal powers, and the tragic mystery surrounding her mother and grandmother.

She must bargain with gods, and give birth to new legends.

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dark 71%
adventurous 60%
mysterious 50%
tense 39%
emotional 35%
hopeful 21%
sad 17%
challenging 14%
funny 7%
inspiring 7%
reflective 3%


medium 50%
fast 46%
slow 3%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 62% | Character: 25% | Plot: 12%

Strong character development?

Yes: 76% | It's complicated: 12% | No: 8% | N/A: 4%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 58% | Yes: 25% | No: 16%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 76% | It's complicated: 20% | No: 4%

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