Honoring Self and Culture: A Phoenix First Must Burn Anthology


Release Date: March 10, 2020
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Anthologies


“Sixteen tales by bestselling and award-winning authors that explore the Black experience through fantasy, science fiction, and magic.

Evoking Beyoncé’s Lemonade for a teen audience, these authors who are truly Octavia Butler’s heirs, have woven worlds to create a stunning narrative that centers Black women and gender nonconforming individuals. A Phoenix First Must Burn will take you on a journey from folktales retold to futuristic societies and everything in between. Filled with stories of love and betrayal, strength and resistance, this collection contains an array of complex and true-to-life characters in which you cannot help but see yourself reflected. Witches and scientists, sisters and lovers, priestesses and rebels: the heroines of A Phoenix First Must Burn shine brightly. You will never forget them.”


My Thoughts

PhoenixFirstMustBurn-coverThere’s something for just about everyone, yes even people who insist they don’t like science fiction or fantasy. Alien invasions to vampires to romance to weird west to dragons to soucouyants to mermaids and beyond, straight and queer and nonbinary and questioning, teens to adults to seniors. There are stories about colorism, mental health, gender and sexual identity, racism, empowerment, systemic oppression, and self-determination. These are not stories that wallow in pain and suffering. They rise up, they put their fists in the air, they make lemonade from lemons…

Read the rest of this review at Tor.com.


Thanks to the publisher for sending me a review copy.

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