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27 Hours (The Nightside Saga) Hardcover – October 3, 2017
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Tristina Wright is a blue-haired bisexual with anxiety and opinions. She’s also possibly a mermaid, but no one can get confirmation. She fell in love with science fiction and fantasy at a young age and frequently got caught writing in class instead of paying attention. She writes stories about people who are heroes and monsters and sometimes both. She enjoys worlds with monsters and kissing and monsters kissing. She married a nerd who can build her new computers and make the sun shine with his smile. Most days, she can be found drinking coffee from her favorite chipped mug and making up more stories for her wombfruit, who keep life exciting and unpredictable.
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That’s just the main characters. 27 Hours takes place in a Moon, a couple of hundred years from now people from all over the world arrive, unaware of the indigenous species called chimera, they “re-build” the world but in doing so they cause a major flood which in turn causes a lot of the chimera to die and war between the two species begins. I should point out that this would have been better if there was a chapter from the chimera’s POV, we know what colonization is like, we know what the colonizers think and even though the book tried to show “the other side”, it wasn’t the same.
The story starts with an attack to HUB2, Rumor is the only survivor and after the attack which destroys his home and kills his dad – not a spoiler this literally happens two pages in, he escapes to the nearest colony to warn them and is being taken care of. The attack is the first of many to follow and our characters team up to try to stop the next one. I don’t want to spoil much but from the moment I opened the book till the last page I never once took my eyes off the pages. It helped that I was in a moving car, I guess.
There’s so many things happening in this one, the story never allows you to slow down and take a break from the action. Things just keep on happening with little time in between for our characters to interact and when they do, it’s magic. I love how they interacted with each other, I couldn’t get enough of their funny dialogue and snark, they really became a huge group of friends in the end, I love the friendships here! And there’s a lot of romance going on that was just so epic and adorable. But most of all it was done right, with characters asking for consent. The story takes the readers on a thrilling ride of explosions, diplomacy, love and new friendships.
The world building is very hard to put into words and I have big gaps which need more info since it was hardly analyzed, for a sci-fi book there wasn’t a lot of sci-fi going on here and I’m looking forward to more of that on the second one since I have tons of questions and I need some damn answers. Overall, the characters are what makes this book so amazing to read, they each have their own unique personalities that shine in the middle of a very under-developed, flawed and confusing sci-fi story.
As far as the queer rep goes, this book really did feel as awesome on that front to my little bi self as the hype makes it out to be. None of the main characters are the “default” of white cishet and holy crap that was refreshing as hell. As in real life in my opinion, the personal identities of each of the characters weren’t up for debate; just simply part of them. They might be figuring themselves out a little at a time or having to deal with jealousies towards each other feeling more or less secure in their identities, but I never got the impression that those identities weren’t valid. That meant so so SO much to me. So often I come away from hyped “queer” books where it’s one LGBTQ+ character existing like this oddity island in a sea of only straight folks, but that has never been how it is for me in real life.
We find each other, don’t we? We build communities together. So why would there be only one token character or even just one single token couple in our fiction? 27 HOURS showed a spectrum of queer identities, a rainbow of kids all with identities their own, overlapping or otherwise. I want queer teens to get to see a world like that: one where they simply are and can fit in as themselves without the stereotype of the solitary gay that often shows up in YA. I know that would have mattered so much to the baby bi I was in high school and college, trying to figure out if I really was into who I thought I was, or if it was just a “phase” or an “experiment” since all my friends seemed to be the straight girls who were fine with fooling around with each other. Having just a glimpse, even in fiction, of the kind of group of friends I’d eventually fall happily into would have helped me feel like I wasn’t the only one reading too much into drunken “experimentation,” that I wasn’t the only one who felt the way that I did. That matters. It does.
OK back to the book instead of me getting maudlin: I know I’m not supposed to have fave characters in an ensemble case, but sorry, Braedon is my boy. Holy crap his sense of loyalty and trying to do what’s right even when it goes up against the people he cares about most just KILLED ME. I want to just hang out and hug the boy and go about my business for the rest of this year, k thanks, bye. :D George and Nyx were both tied for a close second place fave, but Braedon still held on to my heart. Not that I didn’t enjoy the hell out of most of the characters, honestly – those three just drew me personally in the most.
Anyway! This book is def one of my, if not the, fave reads of 2017 for me. Obviously there are a more books coming out so that #1 spot may end up going to someone else, but man 27 HOURS will be a hard act to follow!
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