“Good prequels/origin stories can be difficult, especially when they characterize someone as beloved and big as Maverick from The Hate U Give, but Thomas makes it look easy.
Seventeen years before THUG, a teenage Maverick is stuck. Predetermined to life as a King Lord, he sells weed in exchange for protection, sells other drugs to make enough money to help his mom with bills, and works odd jobs as a cover-up while wishing he could do something else.
Then he finds out he’s a father and “something else” becomes bigger and more challenging than he ever imagined.
If you’ve read THUG, you know who he is as father; what you don’t know is how he gets there and whose lives he impacts along the way. This a quick read full of mystery, grief, and lovingly-realized characters who leap off the page and pull you into their world.”
The engrossing and hard-hitting third novel by Angie Thomas, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning The Hate U Give and On the Come Up, about a teen, Maverick Carter, Starr’s father
International phenomenon Angie Thomas revisits Garden Heights seventeen years before the events of The Hate U Give in this searing and poignant exploration of Black boyhood and manhood.
If there’s one thing seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter knows, it’s that a real man takes care of his family. As the son of a former gang legend, Mav does that the only way he knows how: dealing for the King Lords. With this money he can help his mom, who works two jobs while his dad’s in prison.
Life’s not perfect, but with a fly girlfriend and a cousin who always has his back, Mav’s got everything under control.
Until, that is, Maverick finds out he’s a father.
Suddenly he has a baby, Seven, who depends on him for everything. But it’s not so easy to sling dope, finish school, and raise a child. So when he’s offered the chance to go straight, he takes it. In a world where he’s expected to amount to nothing, maybe Mav can prove he’s different.
When King Lord blood runs through your veins, though, you can’t just walk away. Loyalty, revenge, and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart, especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. He’ll have to figure out for himself what it really means to be a man.