When an unprecedented hurricane devastates the city of Houston, Noah Mishner finds shelter in the Dallas Mavericks’ basketball arena. Though he finds community among other queer refugees, Noah fears his trans and Jewish identities put him at risk with certain “capital-T” Texans. His fears take form when he starts seeing visions of his great- grandfather Abe, who fled Nazi Germany as a boy. As the climate crisis intensifies and conditions in the shelter deteriorate, Abe’s ghost grows more powerful. Ultimately, Noah must decide whether he can trust his ancestor — and whether he’s willing to sacrifice his identity and community in order to survive.
*I received a free copy of this book thanks to NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of the book*
This is quite a short read but you get thrown in to the story from the very first paragraph, making you become immersed straight away. This was actually quite clever as it didn’t waste any time building up the world and you learned everything as you were reading. It is also a clever way to ensure that the reader is immediately intrigued and somewhat invested in the story, the events that are taking place within and also the characters. It uses those pages wisely and instantly got me intrigued and invested, wanting to discover not only what had happened, but what and where the story was going to go.
This story takes place after the events of a natural disaster, an unexpected Hurricane takes place in Dallas, Texas, causing unprecedented damage and death. Among the survivors, we are introduced to Noah, a trans, Jewish man who, not only finds himself worrying about the aftermath of the disaster, whether his friends and family have made it out okay or have had an unthinkable outcome, but on how the rest of the survivors are going to be around him and fellow LGBTQ+ survivors. All of this, while also seeing a the ghost of a young boy, whom he is sure is his grandfather. There is so much packed into such a short read and it left me with so much emotion and thoughts afterwards, that it’s actually hard to express.
I don’t want to give too much away about this short read, as I went in not knowing too much and left, not only feeling more educated, knowing this was a great read that I was going to not only remember for a long time, but one that I will also be recommending often!! I also read about the author, which is another reason why this book is so special and why I enjoy and encourage people to do so. It brings more meaning to the story and has made me a deeper fan of Sim Kern.
So if you are looking for a short read, a book about LGBTQ+ characters or storyline, books about prejudice or want to read about different cultures (Jewish culture), then I highly recommend this book! – I highly recommend it anyways!!