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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adventurous 66%
dark 55%
mysterious 50%
tense 38%
emotional 27%
hopeful 22%
sad 11%
challenging 5%
funny 5%
inspiring 5%


medium 52%
fast 41%
slow 5%

Strong character development?

Yes: 75% | It's complicated: 12% | No: 12%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 40% | Yes: 33% | No: 26%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 81% | It's complicated: 18%

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