The book is told from his perspective and it makes good use of his limitations and his nature. If we could use our minds to make others see what we wanted them to see, rearrange people's internal organs and dissolve their musculature, call animals to do our every bidding, or know others' thoughts as intimately as our own, wouldn't we rule the world? The powers of each character coun I was engrossed in the world where magical superpowers are superimposed on the world that we know and love, and yet is intertwined with it. How many times have you seen those words used in a blurb? There is a well thought-out conflict for the protagonist to navigate, with a mix of cliched and innovative twists. Extended vowels to cover a slight lisp. I like books that are creative.
Strengths: a non-white, non-American main character. An example I would use is. The characters are refreshingly diverse, however, and the novel digs into the perspectives of the members of its multiracial cast in a way that encourages the reader to question the homogeneity of many stories that give characters the world-altering gift of superpowers. Some of them go mad or borderline schizo, while others secretly run large portions of the world. Their suffering will be my first odes, and they will not end until I feel satisfied that even dead, resting wherever you are resting, you can hear the pain of the idiot that thought your death would go unavenged.
From that point forward, the book is in high gear for adventure, though Jama-Everett never loses sight of the philosophical and moral points, particularly with regard to the responsibilities inherent - or not - in having great power. Meet Taggert: The woman with the smell of donkey sausage on her hands behind me has broken two bones in her life. Taggert's quest for freedom and his humanity is profound and despite his flaws he is an easy hero to root for. They'll digest their own organs. Once there, he finds that Yasmine is married to a diplomat. By chapter four I couldn't put it down, I had to keep reading.
He's also a secret weapon for a drugs-and-other-things cartel based out of Morocco, headed by Nordeen, a boss with powers of his own and a predisposition to usefully complex plans. Taggert is part of the razorneck crew in Morocco, hired muscle to the mysterious and extremely dangerous Nordeen. While the plot points themselves will read like an action movie, the philosophy and character development leave that genre behind and strive for something a little more hard-boiled, and a little more thoughtful. I was engrossed in the world where magical superpowers are superimposed on the world that we know and love, and yet is intertwined with it. He holds master's degrees in and , and has been a therapist, and a teacher at high school and college levels. I'll make a paste of their eyes, I promise. I stayed up until 3am reading this because once I started, I just couldn't put it down.
Good thing I actually read though. Gritty, adult and challenging in places, Ayize Jama-Everett's debut novel signals him a writer to watch out for. Number two, the trope is harmful to disabled people. It's just that the setup is not for me: the main character is the pawn of a drug dealer and terrified by him and his right-hand, which is supposed to be his friend also. But for dark-fantasy fans I guess it will be a very pleasant reading. I speak as someone who loves her comic books, but reading The Liminal People is like getting a glimpse of what superhero comics will be if they grow into depth of character. She asks Taggert for help.
But if a copy appeared in front of me, I wouldn't turn it down. I was raised on comic books. These are all questions posed by Ayize Jama-Everett's short, powerful first novel, The Liminal People. It leaves a place for speculation. For now, though, I still enjoy superheroes, especially the ones with the mutant super powers. Or, even worse, would we be so damaged by our powers that we would be dangerous to ourselves and others? The powers of each character counterpoint each other, providing limitations to their seeming immortality, also contributing to the human aspect of the narrative.
I'll explode their marrow out of their bones and make a mess of their capillaries. Each character is strategically navigating a web of power by way of super-human abilities that are dialed in like some quantum-computer although their motivations retain recognizably human sentiments. Th An amazing and refreshing take on superpowers. The book is violent, and some of the body's transformations performed by Taggert may hunt you for a long time. When Taggart finds Tamara, he finds himself schooling her in the use of her power, both in a practical, how-to sense, and in a moral sense, trying to explain when it is proper to use her power and when it is not. The Liminal People is a book about what it means to be human, what it is worth to be human.
Most of the book features characters of color, and it begins in Morocco. The problem is that once you have gotten your nifty new product, the the liminal people jama everett ayize gets a brief glance, maybe a once over, but it often tends to get discarded or lost with the original packaging. How many times have you seen that tired old word used in a blurb? Bonus points for a black protagonist and several strong female characters. One day he receives a call from the only woman he ever loved. The text was a bit dry, the story took a while to get going, and the author's female characters are on the thinly drawn side and why the heck is the main character so focused on the love of his life's chest? Jama-Everett's first person narrator, Taggert, introduces himself while in the midst of conducting a drug sale he is conducting on behalf of his mentor, Nordeen Maximus.
I read about 10% of it and could not advance further. His voice is quite emotional. The fourth and final installment in The Liminal Series is forthcoming by Small Beer Press. An amazing and refreshing take on superpowers. Be forewarned, this book will suck you in. This book fed something in my soul, just by telling Taggart's story.