Book Review: How Long ‘Til Black Future Month

I straight up LOVED this book! I got this a few months ago from my Big in my sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, and have been waiting to read it. I love N.K Jemisin, her Broken Earth trilogy is absolutely out of this world. This book is much different than the other novels of hers that I’ve read because it is a collection of short stories. Jemisin was told to start writing using short stories and this book is a collection of stories. I really love the vividness of the worlds that she creates and this book is no exception. One part of Jemisin’s writings that I adore is her imagination and representation. Not only is she able to create an entire new world of experiences for her readers, she also showcases bodies and attitudes that have been left out of much of the more traditional science fiction literature.

I do love a brave protagonist but I also really appreciate reading a story with a main character who is on the chubbier side or has hair that is beautiful but not part of the mainstream idea of beauty. Jemisin writes characters with nuance and love and it’s hard for me to describe just how much I treasure her novels. Jemisin also has a new book out, “The Cities that We Became” but I haven’t had the chance to get my hands on it yet. This book is an absolute treat and I had to slow myself down to fully appreciate each of her short stories. I found that it was best to read each story individually rather than racing through the book but it’s more of a personal preference. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!


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