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Pet

By: Akwaeke Emezi
Narrated by: Christopher Myers
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Publisher's summary

National Book Award Finalist

Stonewall Book Award Winner

"[A] beautiful, genre-expanding debut...Pet is a nesting doll of creative possibilities." (The New York Times)

The award-winning, genre-defying novel by the New York Times best-selling author of The Death of Vivek Oji that explores themes of identity and justice and asks: How do you share the truth when the world around you is in denial?

Pet is here to hunt a monster. Are you brave enough to look?

There are no monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. Jam and her best friend, Redemption, have grown up with the lesson that the city is safe for everyone. But when Jam meets Pet, a creature who some might call monstrous but, in reality, is anything but, she must reconsider what she's been told. Pet has emerged from one of her mother's paintings to hunt a true monster—and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption's house. No one has encountered monsters in years, though, and Jam's quest to protect her best friend and uncover the truth is met with doubt and disbelief.

This award-winning novel from a rising-star author asks: What really makes a monster, and how do you save the world from something if no one will admit it exists?

Stonewall Honor Book

Walter Dean Myers Honor Book

"Like [Madeleine] L'Engle, Akwaeke Emezi asks questions of good and evil and agency, all wrapped up in the terrifying and glorious spectacle of fantastical theology." (NPR)

©2019 Akwaeke Emezi (P)2019 Listening Library

Critic reviews

“A unique science fiction tale.”–Essence

"With great tenderness, Pet questions a society silenced by denial."–Observer

“By far the most striking of the [National Book Award] finalists is PET, a sinister morality tale by Akwaeke Emezi.”–The Wall Street Journal

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BLACKITY BLACK ASS BRILLIANCE

if you were looking for THAT book. This is it. The one you can get lost in. the one you can cry and laugh in. the one that writes about liberation and restoration like its the real thing we know it is.
this is that book

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A book with good messages

Definitely a young adult book but there are good lessons that everyone can benefit from hearing.

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Important message

As a child abuse survivor I found this book to be comforting. I found the characters voices to be funny. At first it came across as annoyingly over-pc but once they got into the nitty gritty, I really loved the mixture of magical realism, important issues, and the narrations.

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Excellent storytelling and wonderful reading.

Pet has excellent storytelling and wonderful reading. I would definitely listen to this again and recommend this story to others.

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Unlike anything I’ve ever read!

So creative, imaginative, and necessary. The author envisioned a better future and then wrestled with what happens when that future becomes corrupted. A must read for adults and young people alike.

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Amazing

This book is beautiful, powerful and necessary. Phenomenal. I don't even have the words.

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Excellent

I very much enjoyed this book, though I was rather surprised by the amount of cursing. Mind, I curse a lot myself so not a problem for me, but maybe a thing of which to be aware.
I love the diversity of characters, in particular the kind treatment of neurodivergance.

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Boring

This was a disappointing book, I had high expectations based on the ratings.

The writing was dull, and annoying at times (specially when Pet was constantly bringing up the "hunt" talk for the 100th time), I did not connect with the characters,I get the big picture of the story but it lacked details and depth and the author didn't bother with it, there needed a better character development (since all the characters felt lifeless) it was too short. I do not recommend.

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Would have been better with a different narrator.

I really enjoyed this book, but I felt it would have been better if I didn't have to spend the first half adjusting to the narrator's halting way of reading. It felt like I was listening to a young child reading aloud because of his odd way of spacing between words. It was impossible to listen to, bit it was annoying.

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A beautiful story

A beautiful story with a great message. I did not know what to expect from this story but I was not disappointed. “Don’t be afraid.”

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