RIOT BABY by Tochi Onyebuchi
Publisher: Tor (Macmillan)
Publication: January 2020
Book Agent: NB
Verve Team: BW, DH, NB, NM
Ella has a Thing. She sees a classmate grow up to become a caring nurse. A neighbor’s son murdered in a drive-by shooting. Things that haven’t happened yet. Kev, born while Los Angeles burned around them, wants to protect his sister from a power that could destroy her. But when Kev is incarcerated, Ella must decide what it means to watch her brother suffer while holding the ability to wreck cities in her hands. Rooted in the hope that can live in anger, RIOT BABY is as much an intimate family story as a global dystopian narrative. It burns fearlessly toward revolution and has quietly devastating things to say about love, fury, and the black American experience.
Winner of the 2021 World Fantasy Award, ALA Alex Award, New England Book for Fiction Award, Ignyte Award, and AABMC Award.
A 2021 NAACP Image Award,
Hugo Award, Nebula Award Finalist.
Named one of the best books of 2020 by NPR, Book Riot, Buzzfeed, WIRED, Paste Magazine, Publishers Weekly, and more.
Publishers Weekly starred review.
Library Journal starred review.