Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
What We Say: In a blistering dystopian tale of industrialised racism, Loretta Thurwar and Hurricane Staxxx are two Black prisoners who fight for their freedom in gladiator-style death matches in front of a bloodthirsty audience. In a novel that never loses its frenetic pace, the critique on the US prison system is loud and clear.
What They Say: “Some of the best and most beautiful descriptions of action and violence I have ever read, which is not to say the book celebrates violence so much as it uses violence to explore American incarceration by imagining it as spectacle. As big as it is dazzling” – Tommy Orange