Pet
Pet is here to hunt a monster.Are you brave enough to look?There are no more monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. With doting parents and a best friend named Redemption, Jam has grown up with this lesson all her life. But when she meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colours and claws, who emerges from one of her mother's paintings and a drop of Jam's blood, she must reconsider what she's been told. Pet has come to hunt a monster, and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption's house. Jam must fight not only to protect her best friend, but also to uncover the truth, and the answer to the question-How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist?In her riveting and timely young adult debut, acclaimed novelist Akwaeke Emezi asks difficult questions about what choices a young person can make when the adults around them are in denial.

Pet Details

TitlePet
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 10th, 2019
PublisherMake Me a World
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, GLBT, Queer, LGBT, Fiction

Pet Review

  • Tyler
    January 1, 1970
    If I had to choose only one author to read for the rest of my life, it would be Akwaeke Emezi. This book is beautiful and brilliant, and I will carry Emezi’s words with me for a long, long time.
  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    review to come
  • Sana
    January 1, 1970
    So this is about 'finding monsters in a world that claims they don’t exist anymore'? Yessssss, please be awesome
  • Aly
    January 1, 1970
    This is such a short, quirky book, but it definitely works! Despite this being just over 200 pages long, we get a full-fledged, character-driven story. The characters are the true powerhouse in this book. The author did an amazing job on these characters, because without them this book wouldn't have worked as well as it did. Jam is off to help Pet destroy a "monster" that is located in her friend's (Redemption) house. It brings a really strong message that I'm sure many people can connect with. This is such a short, quirky book, but it definitely works! Despite this being just over 200 pages long, we get a full-fledged, character-driven story. The characters are the true powerhouse in this book. The author did an amazing job on these characters, because without them this book wouldn't have worked as well as it did. Jam is off to help Pet destroy a "monster" that is located in her friend's (Redemption) house. It brings a really strong message that I'm sure many people can connect with. Intriguing summary, quirky style of writing, but still wonderfully done.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Copy received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Pet was a short but powerful read about a world where angels used to rule but are, for the most part, no longer around in society. A girl named Jam accidentally summons Pet, a creature who is on the hunt for a "monster" hidden in Jam's friend Redemption's house. This novel was really cool. I loved the story and the message, but the characters were by far the strongest part of the book. Pet has to do with family bonds and what happens Copy received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Pet was a short but powerful read about a world where angels used to rule but are, for the most part, no longer around in society. A girl named Jam accidentally summons Pet, a creature who is on the hunt for a "monster" hidden in Jam's friend Redemption's house. This novel was really cool. I loved the story and the message, but the characters were by far the strongest part of the book. Pet has to do with family bonds and what happens when those bonds are severed. In the end, a family member is betrayed by someone unexpected, and Pet turns out to be something that isn't expected. Pet was probably the coolest character because it acted as metaphor for revenge and redemption. While Pet wasn't necessarily a revenge story, those elements at the end made the book better than it would have been without them.I wish that Pet was longer and included even more messages about family. I also think that if Pet was described in more detail, the story would have been more terrifying and left a stronger impact on the reader. Either way, this was a good book.As a side note, the representation was awesome in this book. Jam is deaf and transgender, and Redemption has three parents, one of whom uses they/them pronouns. What more could you want?
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    There were a lot of little messages in this book which I liked as they were things that became the norm & just were. Jam's parents listened to her even if she did not speak. Jam is a girl whose best friend Redemption understands she signs most of the time. Not always voicing unless it is important. Her parents are loving. Jam can feel what is going on as she listens, even the house can tell her what is going on. Seems only natural her blood be spilled on her Mum's artwork & bring it to l There were a lot of little messages in this book which I liked as they were things that became the norm & just were. Jam's parents listened to her even if she did not speak. Jam is a girl whose best friend Redemption understands she signs most of the time. Not always voicing unless it is important. Her parents are loving. Jam can feel what is going on as she listens, even the house can tell her what is going on. Seems only natural her blood be spilled on her Mum's artwork & bring it to life, only to find out it's mission. Is to hunt a monster.Monsters were already found years ago. Stopped & in rehabilitation. The angels made it so no monster could rise again, using money, or false faces to get away with their monster actions.But one has been found and Jam must help the hunter hunt. A monster is near or else It would not have been summoned. Just because you can't see the monster doesn't mean it's not there. For some this might be an uncomfortable read. Abuse is not an easy subject to read about, doesn't mean you should not read up on the signs, know what to look out for to stop it happening, ask the right questions or keep asking when you know something isn't quite right. When we do not listen we do not act. A brave bold story which I am sure will have brave bold readers discussing it, opening eyes & ears, and making sure Pet's message is heard.
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  • Mariana Calderon
    January 1, 1970
    This story is stunning, and if it feels like it's about to tear itself free from the pages - much as Pet tears itself free from its painting - it is because it so successfully mirrors and examines our real world.There are monsters in our world now, but in Lucille, they've been rooted out, dug up, and are a thing of the past. This is what Jam has been taught, and despite a lingering curiosity about monsters and the angels who destroyed them, it's what Jam believes. But when a horrifying horned an This story is stunning, and if it feels like it's about to tear itself free from the pages - much as Pet tears itself free from its painting - it is because it so successfully mirrors and examines our real world.There are monsters in our world now, but in Lucille, they've been rooted out, dug up, and are a thing of the past. This is what Jam has been taught, and despite a lingering curiosity about monsters and the angels who destroyed them, it's what Jam believes. But when a horrifying horned and feathered creature named Pet crawls free of her mother's painting and declares that there is a monster to hunt, and that Jam is to help find it, she must look past the comfort and denial of the adults around her and examine even the most well-lit corners of her life. This is a unique and fast-paced novel, with the capacity to turn even the most comfortable readers into the hunters we need for our own monsters.
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  • Soup
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely excellent YA novel from Akwaeke Emezi! Young trans teenager Jam lives in Lucille, a city that has long since purged their community of "monsters." No one can imagine such creatures returning, so it's little surprise that Jam and her family are shocked when a painting of a beast comes to life and claims to have been summoned to Lucille to hunt a monster. Worse still, the beast claims the monster lucks within in the home of Jam's best friend, Redemption. Intriguing, intoxicating, and th Absolutely excellent YA novel from Akwaeke Emezi! Young trans teenager Jam lives in Lucille, a city that has long since purged their community of "monsters." No one can imagine such creatures returning, so it's little surprise that Jam and her family are shocked when a painting of a beast comes to life and claims to have been summoned to Lucille to hunt a monster. Worse still, the beast claims the monster lucks within in the home of Jam's best friend, Redemption. Intriguing, intoxicating, and thought-provoking. ARC via NetGalley
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  • Tina Christopher
    January 1, 1970
    Well, that was interesting. Very different from anything I've read in a while.Jam lives in a world with no crime, a world where all the monsters have been incarcerated. Or have they? When she accidentally brings Pet, a monster hunter from another dimension, through into her safe world she realises not everything is as it should be.Pet is only 200 pages, but it says a lot. At times literary, at times weird, but always compelling, this is a book that will stick with you.
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  • Nicole Brinkley
    January 1, 1970
    Monsters perforate our society today: obvious, evil, locking children in cages and letting people die from curable illnesses—but in the city of Lucille, the revolution has happened. Times have changed. The monsters are gone, and the world is safe. But monsters have this way of creeping back into the shadows. When a horned, winged beast climbs out of a painting and tells Jam that a monster has returned to Lucille, Jam doesn’t want to believe it—but that’s exactly what the monster wants, and Jam o Monsters perforate our society today: obvious, evil, locking children in cages and letting people die from curable illnesses—but in the city of Lucille, the revolution has happened. Times have changed. The monsters are gone, and the world is safe. But monsters have this way of creeping back into the shadows. When a horned, winged beast climbs out of a painting and tells Jam that a monster has returned to Lucille, Jam doesn’t want to believe it—but that’s exactly what the monster wants, and Jam owes it to her friends to hunt it down. PET is a brilliant bite-sized novel that fearlessly examines the world around us. Here, the fantastical and the familiar align to force readers to look at the unseen corners of their own lives. Emezi’s ability to craft warm, loving heroes against searing critiques of our culture make them a talent to watch.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    An incredibly imaginative and well-written YA novel examining monstrosity, how we deal with people committing terrible action, victim blaming, and family / friendship. In the city of Lucille all Monsters have been eradicated...or so they thought. But when Jam accidentally pulls a terrifying monster hunter out of a painting, she realizes what the adults refuse to believe: evil--and monsters--still exist. The Angels may have gotten rid of them once, but now they've grown too lax, and evil has retu An incredibly imaginative and well-written YA novel examining monstrosity, how we deal with people committing terrible action, victim blaming, and family / friendship. In the city of Lucille all Monsters have been eradicated...or so they thought. But when Jam accidentally pulls a terrifying monster hunter out of a painting, she realizes what the adults refuse to believe: evil--and monsters--still exist. The Angels may have gotten rid of them once, but now they've grown too lax, and evil has returned to Lucille. But with all of the adults in their lives refusing to believe, how are Jam and her friends supposed to defeat the new Monster and save the town? Definitely recommended.
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  • Akwaeke Emezi
    January 1, 1970
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