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Publisher's Summary

The author of the acclaimed novel Scarborough weaves an unforgettable and timely dystopian tale about a near future where a queer Black performer and his allies join forces to rise up when an oppressive regime gathers those deemed “Other” into concentration camps.

Set in a terrifyingly familiar near future, with massive floods leading to rampant homelessness and devastation, a government-sanctioned regime called The Boots seizes the opportunity to round up communities of color, the disabled, and the LGBTQ+ into labor camps.

In the shadows, a new hero emerges. After he loses his livelihood as a drag queen and the love of his life, Kay joins the resistance alongside Bahadur, a transmasculine refugee, and Firuzeh, a headstrong social worker. Guiding them in the use of weapons and close-quarters combat is Beck, a rogue army officer, who helps them plan an uprising at a major televised international event.

With her signature “raw yet beautiful, disturbing yet hopeful” (Booklist) prose, Catherine Hernandez creates a vision of the future that is all the more frightening because it is very possible. A cautionary tale filled with fierce and vibrant characters, Crosshairs explores the universal desire to thrive, love, and be loved for being your true self.

©2020 Catherine Hernandez (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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Not worth my time.

I sure am glad I didn't pay full price. This title was offered for just a few bucks. As an adult lesbian Canadian woman who likes reading and listening to dystopian canadian womans voices I an SOOOOO disappointed in this story. Juvenile sillyness, most of it. Just as it seems to be getting interesting... it goes downhill into juvenile sillyness, AGAIN and AGAIN... not worth finishing, a true disapointment.

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Wow

This book was amazing! The author narrates it, giving it that extra emotional power. This is a book everyone needs to read. I consider it our generation’s Handmaid’s tale.

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couldn't get beyond first few chapters

poor reading, confused story. someone may like it but not me.
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Very powerful story

This book is a must read/listen. A frightening tale that is too close for comfort told with in a unique way by a powerful narrator and author. It makes one assess their own responses to “others”

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A powerful story

A powerful story at just the right time. Very well produced and makes you feel transported into the story.

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Waste of time

I tried, I really tried to get through this book. Made it more than halfway hoping it would get better but life is too short. It’s too far fetched, too preachy, too ridiculous and too politically correct.

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Can't get into it

Every chapter just seems to go into the backstory for another character. The main plot doesn't seem to be going anywhere. I read to the end of chapter 4, but I just can't get into it. The style makes the story feel boring, not moving like it's supposed to be.

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It could have been so much more.

At first I thought I would really enjoy this book because the author's use of discription is wonderful, her words are educated but not overdone, her ability to switch from past to present and vice versa is flawless and the premises for plot sounded interesting BUT, sadly, the story never quite blossomed into anything other than description. There wasn't much plot and no real relationship development amongst the characters. It seemed to be just doom and gloom the whole way through. However, I persevered until the very end and when it just ended with a grade school level climax I was left in mid air so much so that I found myself checking the chapter numbers because I couldn't believe that it would end so... nowhere!

On the bright side, this book broadened my understanding of the social issues faced by the types of
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scary and powrful

as a person of colour it was difficult to read at times because it was legit scary. it's like my worst nightmare. but that last chapter and that final scene was sooooo powerful. also made me think a lot about my position as a straight woman. I just love how Catherine covers so many different perspectives and stories

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A Must Listen

Prescient, moving and expertly performed. This book is perfect for our time and the author is a real performer (and it shows)

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