What Our Bookseller Says:
“Akwaeke Emezi’s Pet is utopian fiction that feels like… triumph. It’s joyful and hopeful without ever approaching condescension, and I can’t stop rereading it. (Mild spoilers: unlike so many fictional utopias, this one isn’t a dystopia in disguise). Jam lives in the city of Lucille and was born into a post-monster society: the evil people who would abuse power and wage wars have been taken down in a revolution, and in their place is a society built on compassion. But Lucille hasn’t forgotten the monsters. Remembering is important. Forgetting is how the monsters come back. So when Pet, a creature made of gold and smoke and feathers, tears its way out of a painting and into Jam’s dimension to find a monster that could be hurting her friend, she’s reasonably startled.
What follows is a rollicking adventure — or, more accurately, a frantic hunt — that tackles huge topics but keeps itself tight. The cast of characters is small but delightful, and Emezi proves that they’re a master when it comes to interpersonal dynamics. Pet is certain to leave you breathless, but more importantly it will leave you contemplating the intricacies of morality, justice, and Redemption.” – Terry
There are no monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. Jam and her best friend, Redemption, have grown up with this lesson all their life. But when Jam meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colors 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?
Acclaimed novelist Akwaeke Emezi makes their riveting and timely young adult debut with a book that asks difficult questions about what choices you can make when the society around you is in denial.