posted at Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 at 8:00 AM | Mini Reviews, Reviews, Young Adult
I received this book for free from ALA in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez
Published by Carolrhoda Lab on September 1, 2015
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“This is East Texas, and there’s lines. Lines you cross, lines you don’t cross. That clear?”
New London, Texas. 1937. Naomi Vargas and Wash Fuller know about the lines in East Texas as well as anyone. They know the signs that mark them.
“No Negroes, Mexicans, or dogs.”
They know the people who enforce them.
“They all decided they’d ride out in their sheets and pay Blue a visit.”
But sometimes the attraction between two people is so powerful it breaks through even the most entrenched color lines. And the consequences can be explosive.
“More than grief, more than anger, there is a need. Someone to blame. Someone to make pay.”
Ashley Hope Pérez takes the facts of the 1937 New London school explosion—the worst school disaster in American history—as a backdrop for a riveting novel about segregation, love, family, and the forces that destroy people.
I grabbed Out of Darkness at this past ALA Annual in Orlando. Or, perhaps I should say that Out of Darkness grabbed me. The author had a signing, and I was walking past when one of the publicists pitched the book to me. I generally avoid getting pulled into signing lines that are too short, but historical fiction with a diverse cast and an interracial romance sounded way too good to pass up. I never would have found this book otherwise, and I’m grateful I read it, even though it’s super fucking sad.