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Ella has a Thing. She sees a classmate grow up to become a caring nurse. A neighbor's son murdered in a drive-by shooting. Things that haven't happened yet. Kev, born while Los Angeles burned around them, wants to protect his sister from a power that could destroy her. But when Kev is incarcerated, Ella must decide what it means to watch her brother suffer while holding the ability to wreck cities in her hands.

Rooted in the hope that can live in anger, Riot Baby is as much an intimate family story as a global dystopian narrative. It burns fearlessly toward revolution and has quietly devastating things to say about love, fury, and the black American experience.

Ella and Kev are both shockingly human and immeasurably powerful. Their childhoods are defined and destroyed by racism. Their futures might alter the world.

©2020 Tochi Onyebuchi (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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  • Amazon Customer1
  • 2020-04-28

I...wasn’t...ready

Beloved, this book is everything you had no idea you needed. Read It!!!! Several times, then call me ‘cause we have to talk! Sci fi yes, post apocalyptic yes, history yes, future yes, thought provoking...whew chile, just everything, just stop reading this review and read this book now!

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  • Aimee
  • 2020-02-20

Finally

This is one of the rare books I’ve loved from start to finish. This is the black superpower book I’ve always wanted to read and the author narrating his own book so wonderfully is the icing on the cake.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-10-25

New York swag meets sci fi kool

If you grew up in New York or had friends from there, this book will take you there. The sci fi edge is different with the New York gritty backdrop. I can't wait for the next 1.

"If you don't like this joint ... suck my d*** B "

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  • Alexandra Ginter
  • 2020-06-30

Amazing

This was so much more than just a great book. I wish it could have been about twenty hours longer: the writing is beautiful, the imagery is jarring and so easily imagined, the narration was perfect and it almost didn’t feel like a sci-fi book. It was definitely science fiction, but it was rooted in something so real and relatable to current life. I started it this morning and only pressed pause a few times, very begrudgingly to take some work calls, and went right back to it immediately when the call was over. For such a relatively short audiobook, it felt so much longer and yet not even remotely long enough. I will absolutely be purchasing the hard copy of this book and rereading for maximum affect. I will reiterate however, the authors narration is absolutely wonderful. I highly recommend it.

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  • Esteban Ramirez
  • 2020-06-10

Mindfulness and thought provoking fiction for our current times.

This story is heartbreaking and necessary for our current state of the world. I thought the super hero aspect would be fun and exciting, however it becomes complicated and introspective. I listened to this book well before the George Floyd protests and while I watch the world around me, I kept thinking about this book and how this fictional book was rooted in something so very real.

I think this book can lead to many needed conversations about race, equality, police brutality and how anger manifests from these issues and what needs to happen next with that anger.

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  • Marc Scheff
  • 2020-05-31

A story for this time

As I watch video after video online of police opening fire on reporters and violently attacking peaceful Black protesters, this is a story for this time.
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I thoroughly enjoyed listening. Great story and the author is an excellent reader.

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  • T. Powell
  • 2020-05-21

injustice and super hero powers

An interesting story that makes a point but with a pessimistic ending. Not that I can blame the characters in the book. but it feels like nothing was resolved unfortunately. But this book is worth the read. It's short and gets its point across. I look forward to other work from this author.

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  • DebbieDeals
  • 2020-02-28

Wow

This book left me speechless. Such an incredible story written and read by an incredible storyteller.

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  • Adam Larson
  • 2020-02-23

must read worth your time

Already going back for a second listen. excited to read some more reviews from other people.

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  • Just Saying
  • 2020-12-11

Not for me.

This book wasn't for me too much anger for my taste. I just wanted more, much more from the story. It was the making of a great story. In the beginning, then it went places to unbelievable even for me. Lol.

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