Book review by Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Absorbing, violent fantasy brings dragons into the 1950s.

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 14+

Would recommend!

Great book! Super interesting plot, exploration of racism, sexism, and homophobia, AND a fun villain. There are some sexy scenes, but they aren't really explicit and they're pretty short. There is definitely violence but its never gory or gratuitous.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
age 18+

Sexual encounter in chapter 8 is not for kids

In chapter seven of the book (not sure of the page #) one character asks the other character of he has a woody. Most of the pornography begins in chapter 8. P. 103 - Nelson traces tattoos to Malcom’s waistline and asks why the tattoos end there - then his hand moves down past the tattoos to "feel the skin and hair." P. 104 - Nelson starts undressing Malcolm P. 105 - Nelson handles Malcom’s inner thigh P. 105-106 - Nelson stares at Malcom’s hips and asks if he can look at him for a second P. 107 - Nelson references rough and violent sex P. 108- Malcom has had two nights of sex with Nelson. Nelson asks Malcom to “turn over” and he moves his fingers down to Malcom’s buttocks. P. 108 - Malcom says his “heart was lost” after knowing Nelson 2 DAYS and having sex twice in that time. This book is pornographic. The characters are homosexual. I would feel the same way if this had been about two heterosexual teenagers. The mood, language, imagery, and timeline of this sexual encounter is very disturbing. This is R rated movie material.

This title has:

Too much sex

Book Details

  • Author: Patrick Ness
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Topics: Magic and Fantasy, History
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • Publication date: June 2, 2020
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 17
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 11, 2020

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