Parents' Guide to

Beasts of Prey

By Barbara Saunders, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Teens ally across social boundaries in sweet fantasy novel.

Book Ayana Gray Fantasy 2021
Beasts of Prey book cover: Young Black woman stands in from of young Black man, palm leaves shade their faces

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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

AMAZING 4 TWEENS; mild scares

ABSOLOUTELY FANTASTIC! Includes lots of diversity, and great messages. Some peril with scary beasts, and some blood. Pain is described, but not graphically. Great for fiction fans, loved it! The loveable characters are all ok in the end, even though we think that some wont make it. Overall great book! It's fun, funny, and entertaining. Also, do expect some romance.

Is It Any Good?

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This sweet novel packs an ambitious social commentary. With Beasts of Prey, the first book of a planned trilogy, debut author Ayana Gray builds a world that mirrors the pan-African reality: ethnic groups divided against other groups by war, and from within by disruptions to their previous relationships to their origin stories, lanugages, and cultural identities and people impacted by generations of oppression, represented here by hereditary indenture. Its main characters and secondary characters alike provide examples of individuals and peoples rediscovering their power and reclaiming it. The two protagonists are easy to root for. They're vulnerable. They struggle with fear, shame, and grief from loss of loved ones, betrayal, uncertainty about their place in society. Yet they're also courageous, determined, and loyal -- traits that serve them well when they battle inner demons and illusions, real-life monsters, other people, and the structure of society itself. Readers may notice a few loose ends, which set them up for the next two books in the series.

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