Phoenix was grown and raised among other genetic experiments in New York’s Tower 7. She is an “accelerated woman”—only two years old but with the body and mind of an adult, Phoenix’s abilities far exceed those of a normal human. Still innocent and inexperienced in the ways of the world, she is content living in her room speed reading e-books, running on her treadmill, and basking in the love of Saeed, another biologically altered human of Tower 7.
Then one evening, Saeed witnesses something so terrible that he takes his own life. Devastated by his death and Tower 7’s refusal to answer her questions, Phoenix finally begins to realize that her home is really her prison, and she becomes desperate to escape.
But Phoenix’s escape, and her destruction of Tower 7, is just the beginning of her story. Before her story ends, Phoenix will travel from the United States to Africa and back, changing the entire course of humanity’s future.
The Book of Phoenix is the prequel to Who fears Death. I wasn’t going to read Phoenix because I was never able to bond with any characters from Who Fears Death, but after reading the premise on Black Girl Nerds, I was sold.
Diversity: This book features a large cast of black people: Africans, African Americans, Jamaicans. I’ve never seen so many blacks in one book before.
Story: 3… It had a decent storyline, but it dragged in places and I had a hard time staying interested, especially in the middle.
Characters: 5 All of the characters were well fleshed out. Each could have their own book. Book of Phoenix reminds me of the awesome characters in Daughter of Gods and Shadows.
-The beginning is more like an adult version of Zahrah the Windseeker, which is one of my most favoritest books. There were loads of plant, tree, and animal imagery.
-One of the main bad guys was a Nigerian woman who could regenerate. I LOVED her because Nnedi made sure to give her a backstory in such a way you could almost feel sorry her.
-The book hops from New York to Ghana to the Caribbean and the midwest of the U.S. It featured Egyptians, Ethiopians, Africans, Jamaicans, and African-Americans working together to take down the bad buys. There is a message/dissertation in there somewhere.
-There were Cybernetic humans and lots of mutants. Parts of the novel felt like a comic book. In fact, Book of Phoenix would make a great comic book. :Hint Hint:
It was amazing to read a story with dark-skinned people in such a thick, lush science fiction setting.
My only complaint was the extended middle. I had to put it down more than a couple of times because it fell prey to the boring middle. If it had been a shorter book, it would have been a five star read.