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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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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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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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Not just a book but a warning of where we could easily end up.

Crosshairs was masterfully written. This is the kind of book that screams to be turned into a film. This book should be read in all classrooms around the world. This book should be used as a textbook for diversity and inclusion. Reading this will not be easy but worth the uncomfortable moments that will change you on a molecular level.

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Fantastic

Fantastic in a CW every way vulnerable marginalized peoples are taken advantage of, inflicted with trauma, and oppressed kind of way. I found it a hard book to read often, and I had to stop it a couple times and switch to something else. But it is very effective speculative fiction in Canada, which I think needs a lot more of this.

Too many Canadians think that this kind of thing wouldn’t happen here, but we are absolutely headed in this direction with the UCP leadership fostering the same white supremacy as the GOP in the states. We aren’t as far along as them, but we are well on our way. Hate crimes are up and it is disturbingly easy to see the steps in the book a government would take to get the level of Othering here.

It is not all doom and gloom in this book, though. There are fantastic scenes of defiance and reveling in queerness and queer culture in an accessible and intelligent way, communicating semi-complex notions surrounding marginalized culture(s). Certainly worth a read. And again, love that it’s centering Canada.

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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 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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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)