- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Entangled: Teen (Oct. 3 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1633758206
- ISBN-13: 978-1633758209
- Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 3.6 x 21.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 494 g
- Customer Reviews: 21 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #686,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Tristina Wright presents a world that will at once thrill and horrify readers and make the most vulnerable of us feel unambiguously welcome and valid." –Meredith Russo, author of critically acclaimed If I Was Your Girl
"A dynamic cast of teens drives this exciting and topical story of ecology, colonialism, and resistance." –Kate Elliott, New York Times bestselling author of Court of Fives
"Tristina Wright has masterfully crafted a world that's as fascinating as it is dangerous. From the terrifying monsters to are refreshingly inclusive cast of characters to the bonds of friendship at the heart of this story, it has everything you could possibly want. If you're looking for your next favorite space saga, look no further." –Tara Sim,author of Timekeeper
"Vibrant world building, heart-pounding action, and a cast of characters so real and vulnerable they'll steal your heart make 27 HOURS an unforgettable read. This is the queer science-fantasy epic you've been waiting for." –Claire Legrand, acclaimed author of Winterspell
"An exhilarating ride from the very first page, filled with fiercely original monsters and a cast as enthralling as they are diverse 27 HOURS is everything readers could want from a space epic. And more." –A.R. Kahler, author of The Immortal Circus series
"Tristina Wright's 27 HOURS combines science fiction and fantasy against the backdrop of a world so vivid you can smell it. A whirlwind of action and romance surround its diverse cast as they fight against a ticking clock to survive and save their home from destruction. Readers who loved Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone or Brian K.Vaughn's Saga will be on the edge of their seats at the end of Wright's first entry in The Nightside Saga." –Alexandra Duncan, award-winning author of Salvage
"A big, badass space epic with a truly inclusive cast of teens who have strong friendships, high-stakes love lives,and a central place in the adventures of the cosmos. Wright carves out a gorgeous, complex future world and brings it to life, hour by action-packed hour." –Amy Rose Capetta, author of Echo After Echo
"In a sprawling drama narrated from multiple perspectives, debut author Wright introduces a dynamic ensemble cast of LGBTQ+ characters who forge an unbreakable trust." - Booklist
About the Author
Tristina Wright is a blue-haired bisexual with anxiety and opinions. She’s also possibly a mermaid, but no one can get confirmation. She fell in love with science fiction and fantasy at a young age and frequently got caught writing in class instead of paying attention. She writes stories about people who are heroes and monsters and sometimes both. She enjoys worlds with monsters and kissing and monsters kissing. She married a nerd who can build her new computers and make the sun shine with his smile. Most days, she can be found drinking coffee from her favorite chipped mug and making up more stories for her wombfruit, who keep life exciting and unpredictable.
Still trying to figure out the mermaid thing.
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I freaking loved this book.
The plot is fast-paced with lots of twists and turns, that keep you on your toes. Granted, it is a young adult novel, so do not expect it to be on par with big names in literary fiction in terms of style or plot twists, but Tristina Wright knows her way around the prose and does it really well. The narrative flows easily. There wasn’t a moment in my reading when I would think: “yeah this is a bit slow”. It was action after action, and at times I needed a moment to process who was running where and who was almost killed this time.
Because I swear, all of the characters of "27 Hours" seem to have a death wish.
It is a well-constructed world, with enough composition and descriptions to fill you in as you go. I found the idea of mystic creatures, chimera (not gargoyles, thank you very much), living on the moon fascinating. The rules of the world are well defined, and even though at some point I was a bit confused about the hierarchy of HUBs and colonies, I felt quite comfortable while reading about the rest of it.
I think the characters of "27 Hours" is the best part of this novel. I have not read a single other young adult (or adult, for that matter) book that would have this much representation. We have characters of colour, various origins, ability, gender identities, and sexuality. There is no discrimination based on any of that either. However, using her characters’ voices, the author touches upon few very critical issues that exist in our world, making them sound as ridiculous and horrific as they truly are.
I loved this book, plain and simple. It gave me a band of incredibly brave teenagers, who are set on defending their home, even though it seems like a suicide mission. Who are willing to against everything they were taught. Who stand together in spite of differences that try to pull them apart.
I loved "27 Hours" so much that I doodled George. I am not an artist but it had to be done. Just because.
I loved all the characters in the book, I can’t even decide who is my favourite. And I ship all of the ships. Yes.
And today, I ordered my own copy of "27 Hours" - because I need to have something to console me as I impatiently wait for book two in this trilogy.
I am usually pretty fair with my rating. To be honest, I would give the plot itself only 4 stars. However, the diversity and representation in this book are so good, that it deserves an extra star. I can not wait to find out what happens next in the story.
Personal rating: 5 stars
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Honestly, the blurb that is provided for the reader about this book didn't really do a whole lot in telling you what this book is about. (I'm not sure that I've done it better... really this book has a ton to unpack...) But going into this, I was fascinated by three things: 1. That gorgeous cover, 2. That it is set in space, & 3. That there is a TON of diversity within in this novel.
Rumor - Biracial, bisexual, PTSD
Jude - White, gay
Nyx - Latinx, pansexual, hearing impaired, plus sized
Dahlia - Black, bisexual, transwoman
Braedon - White, asexual (with 2 moms)
Yi-Min - Asian, they/them pronouns
But despite all of those things, this novel feel a little flat for me, for a few reasons:
1. The writing style. A couple of things... This novel is written in multiple perspectives but from a third person point of view. I found that really frustrating as far as really getting into a person's head and really getting a feel for their voice. The other thing that frustrated me was the inner dialogue a character would have in the middle of an action scene about the person they're attracted to or something unrelated to the scene. I felt like that really slowed down the pace of the novel and made me feel disconnected from the plot.
2. I wanted more from the chimeras! We're talking about a species vs. species war here but one of the characters, Jude, lives in the forest and has developed a connection with the chimera. This shows that the war going on between the species is not as black and white as characters like Rumor would believe. I wanted to get inside their perspectives and understand them a little more.
3. I was really frustrated that the bad guy was a chimera and the sense of victory and purpose that comes with hunting him down. I had thought the purpose of this novel was getting Rumor and others to see that there is more to the chimera story. And while he recognizes that and befriends some of the chimera, there is still a lot of chimera blood shed. I didn't really understand that... It seemed like some of the points were contradictory and not well thought out.
That’s just the main characters. 27 Hours takes place in a Moon, a couple of hundred years from now people from all over the world arrive, unaware of the indigenous species called chimera, they “re-build” the world but in doing so they cause a major flood which in turn causes a lot of the chimera to die and war between the two species begins. I should point out that this would have been better if there was a chapter from the chimera’s POV, we know what colonization is like, we know what the colonizers think and even though the book tried to show “the other side”, it wasn’t the same.
The story starts with an attack to HUB2, Rumor is the only survivor and after the attack which destroys his home and kills his dad – not a spoiler this literally happens two pages in, he escapes to the nearest colony to warn them and is being taken care of. The attack is the first of many to follow and our characters team up to try to stop the next one. I don’t want to spoil much but from the moment I opened the book till the last page I never once took my eyes off the pages. It helped that I was in a moving car, I guess.
There’s so many things happening in this one, the story never allows you to slow down and take a break from the action. Things just keep on happening with little time in between for our characters to interact and when they do, it’s magic. I love how they interacted with each other, I couldn’t get enough of their funny dialogue and snark, they really became a huge group of friends in the end, I love the friendships here! And there’s a lot of romance going on that was just so epic and adorable. But most of all it was done right, with characters asking for consent. The story takes the readers on a thrilling ride of explosions, diplomacy, love and new friendships.
The world building is very hard to put into words and I have big gaps which need more info since it was hardly analyzed, for a sci-fi book there wasn’t a lot of sci-fi going on here and I’m looking forward to more of that on the second one since I have tons of questions and I need some damn answers. Overall, the characters are what makes this book so amazing to read, they each have their own unique personalities that shine in the middle of a very under-developed, flawed and confusing sci-fi story.
I really enjoyed the world Wright builds on Sahara and the portrait she paints of its different factions--the colonists, the forest rebels, the chimera. I especially loved the brief windows we got into chimera culture. They're truly a distinct alien race that is unlike anything I've seen in other scifi, and showing their multitudes really resonated with me. The human society is also well thought out. All questions I had about how the colonies worked were answered as the cast unraveled the world they thought they knew and loved.
The queer representation is everywhere and normalized in every society, even the chimera. Wright makes clear each character's identity, and though queer characters are harmed, none are killed. There is even one canon f/f couple by the end, and one probably-canon-but-needs-a-sequel m/m couple. 27 HOURS is truly one of the most inclusive scifi books I've ever read.
In terms of racial rep, your mileage may vary. Many reviewers of color have pointed to problems with the premise (aka pitting a native society against colonists) as well as the wisdom of making a Nigerian character violent and vengeful against the colonized instead of the colonizers. I definitely see the merit of these criticisms. I have a feeling more of this will be developed in future books, but as it stands 27 HOURS has some worrying racial themes.
However, I did appreciate how Wright connected her characters to their racial identities, even though they didn't live on Earth or view race the same way we do. When a story takes place in the far future or in deep space, it's easy to gloss over racial identities and pretend they don't matter. I liked how Wright didn't take the easy way out and attempted to interrogate how these identities change after migrating to a new galaxy.
There were many times while reading 27 HOURS that I would read several pages without really absorbing what was happening. I kept suffering the reading equivalent of a sensory overload. I was able to follow the story and character arcs, but by the end of the book, I felt like I had been hit by a train captained by six kids whose names I knew, but not much else. I want to write something about Wright's writing style, but even now I can't remember anything good or bad to comment on, it's all a blur.
One thing I actually *do* recall is a weird moment where I recognized one of Wright's jokes re: the difference between asexuality and pansexuality from a viral Tumblr post. It was like seeing a stagehand get caught onstage during a play; the illusion of the story was broken. But compared to everything 27 HOURS does right, this is a petty nonissue.
Conclusions? 27 HOURS tries to accomplish many things, and on the most part succeeds! Wright has written a thrilling scifi featuring diverse characters, action, and romance that readers are craving. The worldbuilding is on point, the representation is there. Her writing just failed to grip me in the right way.
Mild spoilers ahead:
So the entire book the characters referenced a time where “the ships fell” and maybe I just didn’t pay enough attention, but I don’t beilieve we ever got an in-depth explanation on that event. There are a lot of things actually that weren’t explained well enough, and left me filling in holes with my own imagination. The first chapter, for instance, is when Rumor’s HUB is attacked and he’s trying to escape with his father. The scene is very intense, and I felt like the writing could not keep up with the action, of you know what I mean. It moved so fast that if you skipped even one sentence you’d have no idea what was going on. I had to read it twice before I actually began the book, but other than those things, it was fairly good. The romance was done well, even if it got a little heated at times. I hate young adult romance that isn’t done right, but Wright made it work.
The book switches between four viewpoints in real-time during a 27 hour long nighttime period on an alien moon. The character's goals and desires are made very clear and each character is easy to distinguish and memorable. While the story is ostensibly an action story, it's also a romance, and there's a fair amount of sexual content in the book, although not near the levels of explicit-ness that Adult books can get to. If you're looking for some queer romance in a sci-fi setting, this book definitely fits that niche.
However, the plot and worldbuilding in this book could've been better. The plot is a bit thin: aliens are attacking humans, and the humans want answers and/or revenge. The aliens and humans have had a rocky relationship ever since the humans arrived on this moon and ended up flooding the alien's homes in the process of creating a lake. But I got the feeling that the bad guy's motivation really had nothing to do with the lake. It was more "Humans hurt us once so let's get rid of them." It's a bit hard to reconcile the aliens being intelligent, human-like and kind when the bad guy has such an unoriginal motivation.
There's also a lack of consistent foreshadowing in this book. At the beginning, we get some good hints into the character's lives, but any foreshadowing about the plot is not so noticeable. And as the plot gets more complicated, with allegiances twisting and turning in on each other, I never really figured out what was going on and, more importantly, WHY. It felt nearly like an excuse plot to get the characters together to meet up and grow as people (and get intimate with each other.)
As for worldbuilding, while I liked that the sci-fi technology wasn't that far away from what we currently have and clearly rooted in present-day Earth objects (like watches and windsurfing boards), I wish we could've spent more time in the HUB city before it's destroyed in the opening of the book. I never really understood the difference between HUBs and Colonies. Is it that the HUB cities are military centers, and the colonies are civilian centers? But that's not true, based on what we learn in the book.
Overall, a good book for characters, and just an OK book for the plot. If you want to read a book with diverse characters this one is pretty good, but don't expect too much from the plot.
There is a touch of romance (mostly emotional in nature, nothing physically explicit), and some intertwined and engaging drama and action, all wrapped up in an inclusive novel that is well worth picking up.