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The White Renegade (Viral Airwaves) Paperback – January 8, 2017
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Yes, I'm quoting the entire last paragraph instead of my usual one-sentence header. Couldn't pick a single line, too much awesome in the whole thing (especially that ender).
You know who else is awesome? (Besides the obvious; talk to me for 5 seconds and you will hear my Opinions on Seraphin. They are many, and usually really emotional.) Alex. Alex is freaking awesome, a young NB character with they/them pronouns who seems pretty secure and confident in themself and their identity. Also I suspect aromanticism/possible asexuality. Which is also awesome. Their interactions with Seraphin are totally natural/organic/believable for teenagers/later young adults, as is their dynamic between Alex's identity-confidence (which probably took a while to gain) and Seraphin's less-sure self-exploration during a chaotic, harrowing time.
I'm not going to say many plot details - especially bc if you've read Viral Airwaves, you know that much of The White Renegade is a foregone conclusion/origin story to which we already know the outcome. And if you're reading this first, they're actual spoilers! And the whole story serves to set up VA really well; you could read them in any order (though having read VA first will probably hurt more/make everything more intense!).
So instead I'll just say... it's good. It's really good. It's a sometimes-brutal/bittersweet read, especially if you're already familiar with the characters/world. In all, The White Renegade is a super-effective blend of trauma vs. a sweet blooming friendship, a slow-then-all-at-once build of self-determination, and fire-forged drive of purpose. Sometimes revenge is singular, personal. Sometimes it's for the good of the many. Sometimes it's both.
Highly recommended for anyone who enjoyed Viral Airwaves and wants more (especially Seraphin, Stern, and the briefly-appearing Alex), or anyone considering the main book/wanting a short trial run before jumping in. Whether it's an introduction or a reunion, it'll be a memorable ride.
This makes me want to hug Seraphin so much. Alex is everything affirming and awesome, and Stern is so loyal and wonderful here.
"It doesn't matter if your brain thinks it doesn't know who you are. Something inside you does, and it'll scream if you're on the wrong path."
I don't know, everything felt a bit flat for me.