Akwaeke Emezi

fiction fantasy lgbtqia+ magical realism young adult
emotional hopeful reflective fast-paced

208 pages | first published 2019

Pet is here to hunt a monster.

Are you brave enough to look?

There are no more monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. With doting parents and a best friend named Redemption, Jam has grown up with this lesson all her life. But when she meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colours and claws, who emerges from one of her mother's paintings and a drop of Jam's blood, she must reconsider what she's been told. Pet has come to hunt a monster, and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption's house. Jam must fight not only to protect her best friend, but also to uncover the truth, and the answer to the question-How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist?

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.

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emotional 71%
dark 52%
hopeful 50%
reflective 50%
adventurous 41%
mysterious 32%
challenging 31%
inspiring 30%
tense 27%
sad 19%
informative 4%
funny 3%
lighthearted 1%
relaxing 0%


fast 60%
medium 36%
slow 3%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 56% | Character: 21% | Plot: 21%

Strong character development?

Yes: 78% | It's complicated: 10% | No: 9% | N/A: 2%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 89% | It's complicated: 8% | No: 1% | N/A: 0%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 99% | It's complicated: 0%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 51% | It's complicated: 23% | No: 21% | N/A: 3%

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