Ready! Set! UNREAL! Nalo Hopkinson’s THE CHAOS
Nalo Hopkinson’s new YA novel THE CHAOS is one bad-ass surealistic, feminist, progressive, queer friendly, POC celebrating, anti-ableist mind- trip. Featuring gorgeously ambiguous grrls of color, the novel takes us on a ride that Andre Breton and Frida Kahlo would feel right at home in. Or should I say on? Nice town Toronto Canada becomes Ground Zero for a global nervous breakdown, as all inside fears and desires burst outwards, propelling our hero Scotch into a combination Russian fairy tale, Creole Soup Kitchen, Hurricane Katrina, and PTSD slam poetry/dance routine.
To paraphrase a sentence in the novel, weird is Hopkinson’s vacation home – a crazy house on chicken legs that gives birth to self-discovery, terror, joy, and freedom.
Think young adult fiction has to be realistic, standardly dystopian, and/or just plain nice? Or just plain mean? Or one-issued/one themed?
Think again. And jump into the fiery furnace of The Chaos. You won’t get burned.
This entry was posted on April 24, 2012 by Stephanie Barbé Hammer. It was filed under Art and Literature and was tagged with African American heroines, anti-ableist, bullying, disabled female characters in fiction, Magically Real, Nalo Hopkinson, POC characters in fiction, progressive, PTSD, queer characters in fiction, queer friendly, Stephanie Barbe Hammer, Surrealism, The Chaos, YA fiction.