A novel by Tochi Onyebuchi
When I found this book, I'd chosen it for my son and I to read for school. Sadly, once I got about five or so chapters in, I knew he wouldn't like it. So what did I think of Tochi Onyebuchi's Beasts Made of Night?
Beasts Made of Night is a story of magic, culture and survival. The land of Kos is divided into casts, similar to those of Nigerian or even Indie. There are those who are ordinary people, then there are royals- who are as snooty as ever. But there are others...sin eaters, who are neither ordinary nor royal and shunned. Their daily jobs are what save lives. To a degree.
Taj is one of the sin eaters. At seventeen, his body is covered with the markings of the Aki. Aki are looked won upon, because they remove and devour the sins of others. It is a dangerous way of life and leaves its mark on the Aki in more ways than one. It's not until he uncovers a plot of unbelievable proportions that he realizes his daily work will carry him into a war that affects the lives of everyone in the land of Kos.
What a beautiful book cover- isn't it? Well, the story within was one of those that is written more like cultural poetry. It has its funny bits, but it's more about life, politics and society having its way on the less fortunate. I found myself both mystified and bored, to be honest. Not that Beats Made of Night isn't good, I just knew my son wouldn't enjoy it. And it was a bit slow for me. It seemed to focus more on the daily goings on that the actual plot of the tale- though it was all necessary.
Beasts Made of Night ends in a manner that lets you know another book is coming. I probably won't buy it.
I'm off to the next read. Cheers!
Beasts Made of Night
Published by Razorbill, Penguin Random House October 2017
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