Review: Riot Baby

Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I got this book for free twice: ebook club and Hugo Award nomination

This book was very, very hard to read. It ripped open so many of the psychological wounds from the past decade in which I finally, truly understood the injustice of being black in the 2010-2020s. That we STILL haven’t healed past the original sin of this country. This book force-feeds you the pain of the lived experience. It takes place in our world until it splits off into a 20 minutes into the future – a future that seems all too likely to happen. Where we continue to give up more and more to algorithms and surveillance. I’m in the tech industry, I’ve seen the tech that’s coming. There are some folks trying to help, but we still keep making unbelievable errors. It’d be so funny if it wasn’t so (bleeping) sad.

It’s the type of book that people NEED to read, but is so hard to read compared to one where the lesson is more wrapped up in metaphor.

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