I hate that my white voice is somehow taken more seriously or given more weight but here it is, I endorse everything said here by Shannon Barber. It makes me sad that someone who might have had some positive intentions didn’t do her homework, didn’t consult any people of color (as near as I can tell) and didn’t learn the lessons from the huge racefail debate in the sci fi/fantasy community a few years ago. I urge her to google racefail and sci fi and see what comes up in her browser and to put her feelings aside and really try hard to listen to the critiques. This is book one which makes me fear for what is to come. It’s too late to undo the racist foundation of her world-building though.
Today via tumblr this seriously award winning YA fantasy/romance book was brought to my attention.
For a taste let’s go over some things that even before I read the synopsis made me angry.
- Heavy use of Blackface as both the cover art AND as a plot device.
- Playing on the atavistic White fear of not being in charge of everything.
- This book is for fucking children.
Now a part of the synopsis as printed at Goodreads.
Eden Newman must mate before her 18th birthday in six months or she’ll be left outside to die in a burning world. But who will pick up her mate-option when she’s cursed with white skin and a tragically…
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