By Annie Scholes
‘Children of Blood and Bone’ is one of the most anticipated books of 2018, and Fox already has a movie for it in the works.
In a world where magic is forbidden and the lives of the main character, Zélie’s people, the diviners, are punished and killed for their culture and heritage, Zélie is the diviners only hope. Determined to free magic and bring justice to her people, Zélie sets out on a quest to bring magic back to her people and take revenge on those who oppressed them.
Although the book contains sacred rituals, magic and riding great lionaires, which all fall into a West-African inspired fantastical theme, Tomi Adeyemi, the 23-year-old Nigerian-American Harvard graduate and author, has revealed that the story has a much deeper meaning. “Children of Blood and Bone was written during a time where I kept turning on the news and seeing stories of unarmed black men, women, and children being shot by the police. I was afraid and angry and helpless, but this book was the one thing that made me feel like I could do something about it.” Police brutality against African-American people is a huge problem that effects our society in this day and age, and needs to be spoken about and action has to be taken against it because of this. Adeyemi also goes on to say that she hopes that this book will affect people and change their hearts or minds to make them stand up and help to try and resolve this problem.
The book had a powerful effect on me, and I was angered by the way the people in the book were treated. Reading it made me realise how much of a problem this is in modern society. This book is incredible and so well written, and I can tell that a lot of hard work, dedication and research has gone into the making of this book. Everybody should read it. I myself, was so emotionally invested in the characters lives and backstories, I could barely put the book down at all. A book is always good when you start to feel the emotions that the characters are feeling and start to sympathise with what the characters are going through.
I highly recommend you read this!