Pet by Akwaeke Emezi


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 c...

Details Pet

Release DateSep 10th, 2019
PublisherMake Me a World
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, LGBT, Fiction

Reviews Pet

  • karen
    NOW AVAILABLE!!!All knowledge is good knowledge, Pet said.I don’t know if that’s true, Jam thought back. It doesn’t feel true right now.Truth doesn’t care if it feels true or not. It is true nonetheless. in the world of books and publishing, some titles are marketed as YA with the expectation that they will have crossover appeal into the adult market, and some are intended to pull in strong-reading tweens looking to grow out of their midd...
  • Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest"Who is even the target audience for this book?" I asked, while stirring my tea and clutching my pearls. No, but seriously, I'm not sure what age group this book is intended for. On the inside of the book, it says 12+ but I'm not 100% sure about that...PET is the story of a young girl named Jam. She lives in this "utopian" society where people called "angels" have gotten rid of all the "monst...
  • Elyse (semi hiatus) Walters
    Having been a ridiculously-crazy-mind-blowing fan of “FRESHWATER”, by Akwaeke Emezi’s debut autobiographical novel - It took seconds to request a copy of “PET”, the moment I saw the book on Netgalley. I love the “About the Book”, sentence....created by the advertising folks: “PET IS HERE TO HUNT A MONSTER. ARE YOU BRAVE ENOUGH TO LOOK?”Yes...yes...yes....I put on my ‘brave’ hat, wrapped myself in my new gorgeous ‘brave’ ...
  • Acqua
    Pet is a story about how evil – any kind of evil – thrives in plain sight when people start refusing to look for it, to acknowledge that it can and does exist. It’s a story about how this refusal of any kind of discomfort, this hiding from the world’s truth, hurts and silences victims.It follows Jam, a black trans girl with selective mutism who lives in Lucille, a town in a future version of America that would look like an utopia to us. N...
  • Kai
    when a highly awaited book actually exceeds my expectations all I wanna do is cry and give a sacrificial offering to whatever gods held its fate in their hands
  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
    First, some notes on representation.Black, trans girl lead who is selectively verbal and uses sign language frequentlyEntirely black castJam's best friend has three parents (they are in a polyamorous relationship and one of the parents uses they/them pronouns)Now, onto the book itself. For a book that was so hard for me to describe prior to reading it, this has a relatively straightforward premise. It is set in the world of Lucille, a place where...
  • Kathryn Speckels (Metaphors and Miscellanea)
    A refreshing #OwnVoices story offering a fresh, highly relevant take on the concept of angels and monsters, Pet proves that Akwaeke Emezi can write for younger audiences just as well as they can for adults. Pet is, at its heart, a story about finding and eliminating evil, even—or especially—when that evil goes unnoticed by most. Jam, a selectively-nonverbal black trans girl, finds herself caught in a moral quandary when a terrifying creature ...
  • The Artisan Geek
    ------------------VIDEO REVIEW------------------15/9/19My chest is heavy, my throat is rough and my eyes are tearing. What a story, I can't believe it's over! I don't think I have ever been so upset for a story to finish. Emezi's writing is nothing less than remarkable and I need more - Freshwater it is. Will be uploading a review to my Youtube channel as soon as possible!You can find me onYoutube | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Website
  • TL
    Meh for me
  • Rincey
    3.5 stars for me, but would probably be a 4-5 star book for someone in the age range of this book. The ideas and themes in here are really important but it just sometimes felt kind of heavy handed and obvious (but again, I'm an adult).
  • Tyler
    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.
  • Kate (GirlReading)
    4.5* It’s rare I can say that a book is ‘unlike anything I’ve ever read’ and mean it in the literal sense but Pet is truly and literally unlike anything I’ve ever read. It was moving, profound, self aware, heart warming, heart breaking, diverse and magical. The first few pages alone blew me away and continued to do so until the last.
  • Camryn
    Wow, this was amazing. I wasn't sure what I've expecting; I've read the author's adult book and thought it was good, but really trippy, and I didn't completely understand it. With PET, I completely understood what was going on, and even guessed what would happen at some point, but that didn't make it any less impactful. A lot of people have been talking about how they want younger YA, and I think this is an excellent example. It's not MG, but I d...
  • The Captain
    Ahoy there me mateys! I received this young adult fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .I wanted to read this book because of the tagline "How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist?" I thought this would be fun. Instead, this book was heart-warming, heart-wrenching, and vitally important. Because this book focuses on the real monsters in our own world hiding b...
  • Lata
    My first book by this author, I was deeply impressed by Akwaeke Emezi’s world, its fascinating details and her gorgeous writing. Jam, a transgender girl who chooses to speak mostly in sign language, lives in a place where there are no longer monsters. The monsters were vanquished by angels, who gave terribly of themselves to free this world from evil.Jam’s life is idyllic, her parents love one another and her, and are kind people. Jam has a g...
  • Michelle
    A wise man once said that ignorance is bliss. PET is a story about a fictional town called Lucille. Its citizens believe they have rid their city of monsters. Monsters who . . . "shoot people who don't look like them".Monsters who . . . "use religion to control people".Monsters in power.Lucille is supposed to be a place that is free of these human monsters. So when Jam comes across a creature formed from her mother's painting and a few drops of h...
  • Em
    edit: so looking back I decided to give this one 3.5 stars. I mean it’s been close to a month now and although I really loved the meaning behind it I just don’t know that it’s worthy of a full four? It’s still an amazing book and I wish it was more hyped though. um okay wow. holy cow. between three and four stars and the moment, so this review isn’t 100% final, but just know I really enjoyed this one. it’s such a unique topic and yet ...
  • Sana
    'We're alive because we can be hurt; we're alive because we can heal.'THIS WAS GREAT. Somewhat repititive despite being short, but with some very powerful messages regarding family, identity, choices, justice and abuse. Pet is an own voices book about a trans main character however, where the author is non-binary, Jam identifies as female. Pet is set in a contemporary fantasy world where angels once battled the monsters and overcame them. The ter...
  • Sarah Ames-Foley
    This review can also be found on my blog.After absolutely loving Freshwater, there wasn’t a question in my mind of whether or not I’d pick up Pet. I was actually lucky enough to grab a copy off Netgalley! Pet tells the story of a black trans girl named Jam, who lives in a utopian society where all “monsters” have been vanquished. The problem is, an otherworldly creature crawls out of a painting created by Jam’s mother and insists that t...
  • Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary |
    This book.This book made me cringe. Made me want to look away. Made me grit my teeth and feel the sort of sads I had valiantly pushed away for years now. Then it somehow twisted and in the raw furrows it had dug in my heart, it planted hope.I think maybe hope was present from the very beginning, in the idea that a city had been created where they had chased all the monsters out. (In Pet, “monsters” refers to real-life monsters. Corrupt politi...
  • Corinne Keener
    We reviewed Pet for episode 55.5 of The Bookstore podcast which you can find wherever you get your podcasts.I'm a grown now, so my opinions on Young Adult stuff should always be taken with a grain of salt. And I fully recognize that I've likely come down a little harder than necessary on books for younger folks.Lots of great stuff in this one though: 1. Representation: Jam is trans, but the story isn't about her transition which feels like a huge...
  • Sammie
    You can read my full review on my blog, The Writerly Way, here.Many thanks to NetGalley and Make Me a World for an eARC in exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion. Pet is the story of a girl who lives in a perfect city where monsters were driven away years ago … or so they thought. It’s a story that reminds us that monsters can have many faces.I seem to be in the minority here, but to me, Pet was an okay read that had potential but almost se...
  • Joanne Kelleher
    When I read for my book clubs, I make sure that I have some post-its handy to mark the passages that I want to discuss with the group. The first chapter of Pet exhausted my starter supply of post-its; its rich language, ideas, metaphors, and characters left me breathless and uncomfortable. At the end of those first 20 pages, I had to pause to acknowledge that I was in unchartered territory. I thought I was entering a world of make-believe, where ...
  • honeybean
    I'm really here for this anarchist society. At first this book felt a little lackluster because of the repeated simple language of "angels" and "monsters", but it grew on me by the end of the novel, especially with the language of some of the main characters. Also there are more complex themes at play that are described simply, which I appreciate. I, again, am really here for the anarchist Revolution that happened, and everyone's willingness to c...
  • Jiny S
    Like some of the best books I’ve came across, this one could be a little confusing in the beginning. Even from just reading the description, I knew it would be a funky ride. It was strange, full of symbolisms, quirky names, and unworldly creatures. It was a short story and I loved every part of it. The message comes through the powerful imagery, the intense characters, and the raw emotions with a remarkable eloquence. The manifestation of coura...
  • Macklin R
    I loved Pet so much. It was so wonderful to read about a utopian society centered around community care and anarchist ideals. This book asks a lot of hard questions about justice. Who are monsters? Who are angels? How far do you need to go to protect your community? I also really loved how casually Jam's sex change is handled. Early on in the book we learn that she is trans, and that her parents immediately helped her obtain the hormones and surg...
  • Michele Knott
    Wow. This one blew me away.
  • Amyn
    Fucking fantastic!