A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Incorporates Korean mythology into futuristic space opera format.
The importance of teamwork is emphasized. Using magic to manipulate people is a bad idea. Sometimes you need to think differently to solve problems. Protect your friends.
Positive Role Models
Min and her friends are a clever group of magic-wielders, but they also pay attention to more earthly concerns. They displays courage, teamwork, and good communication.
This universe is host to many species and races. Fox spirits such as Min are feared because of their shape-shifting powers and abililty to Charm people. Tiger spirits are non-binary. The dragon spirit Hanuel identifies as female. Author Yoon Ha Lee is a Korean-American science-fiction writer and a trans man.
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Violence & Scariness
Min's spaceship is blown up, though everyone is able to get to safety on escape pods. They end up on a wild and inhospitable planet, but Min uses her Dragon Pearl to "tame" it and make it safe.
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A few uses of "damn" and "hell."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Yoon Ha Lee's Fox Snare is the final volume of the Thousand Worlds trilogy (from Rick Riordan Presents). It's a complicated tale of interstellar diplomacy, with humans, fox and tiger spirits, and shape changers working as peacekeepers on a depleted planet on the brink of war. Few characters are who they first appear to be, but each of them is clearly delineated. Violence is infrequent and not graphic, including the complete destruction of a space station and a showdown with Korean ghosts or tigers.
Is It Any Good?
It's good to see diplomacy in action, and this smart space opera avoids violence while maintaining suspense. Yoon Ha Lee ends his Thousand Worlds trilogy on a high note in Fox Snare. The alternating perspectives between Min and Sebin are deftly handled, with only a small amount of confusion of who's driviing the narrative. Though the setting couldn't be less relatable -- cadets on a space station -- watching Min and Sebin navigate their friendship after having gone their separate ways will resonate with many readers. Clever in this and many other ways, and endlessly engaging, this is a fine wrap-up to an ambitious series.
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