Julio’s book review

Hola, amigos. Instead of my usual rants about our corrupt political system and socioeconomic inequality, I thought I’d provide a distraction this time. I’m completely fed up with every bit of news I’ve been hearing, so I’d like to talk about books. I know it takes most people by surprise that I’m a bookworm, but I got a better education from books than I did in a classroom. When I first discovered the joy of reading during the summer I lived in a tent, I’d never felt so free in my life. So, today I’m going to talk about a riveting, post apocalyptic/dystopian book I read.

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

When Dinétah, a former Navajo reservation devastated by climate apocalypse, needs help finding a missing girl, they enlist the help of Maggie, a supernaturally gifted monster hunter. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much more terrifying than anything she could imagine.

Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel the rez, unraveling clues from ancient legends, trading favors with tricksters, and battling dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.

As Maggie discovers the truth behind the killings, she discovers she’s in far greater danger than she could’ve anticipated.

I give Rebecca Roanhorse major points for originality. You don’t come across books about Native American clan powers very often. The Navajo are a very culturally rich group of people so it was interesting to learn about some of their customs and beliefs. The world building is solid and the characters are strong. Maggie is a total badass and it makes you want to root for her. The battle scenes are also pretty exciting.

The plot is a little muddled at times, and leaves certain elements unresolved. I’m still not sure what the hell is going on with Maggie’s love interest(s). However, Trail of Lightning is the first book in a 2 part series, so I’m sure there’s more clarification in her sequel, Storm of Locusts. So, if you’re looking for a dystopian, out-of-the box tale with an ending you won’t see coming, read this book! It’s available in just about any format you could desire, e-book, audiobook, hard cover, paperback and Mp3 CD.

4 stars ****

Julio Garza


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