‘Pet’ by Akwaeke Emezi


This book was wild. My initial thoughts were wtf, what is this book. But I thoroughly enjoyed this.

Jam is a transgender girl, an inquisitive, library loving protagonist. How could I not root for her?

This book could easily have been 200 pages longer and I would have still enjoyed it.

The world-building was amazing and definitely unique. I’m trying to understand where this fits into our world. Very hard to explain.

 The depiction of Monsters and Angels had me pondering some deep existential questions (okay not that far but still).

Does angel = purity? Are monsters inherently evil? How do you distinguish between an angel and a monster? 

Something I learn over and over again is not to judge a book by its cover, or not to judge someone by their appearance. I honestly spent the whole book loving then hating, then loving and then hating Pet. I couldn’t win.

This book was heavy, a solid 4.5/5 for me. I’m going to re-read, I need to annotate and digest it again.


Pet is here to hunt a monster.

Are you brave enough to look?

There are no more monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. With doting parents and a best friend named Redemption, Jam has grown up with this lesson all her life. But when she meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colours and claws, who emerges from one of her mother’s paintings and a drop of Jam’s blood, she must reconsider what she’s been told. Pet has come to hunt a monster, and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption’s house. Jam must fight not only to protect her best friend, but also to uncover the truth, and the answer to the question — How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist?

In their riveting and timely young adult debut, acclaimed novelist Akwaeke Emezi asks difficult questions about what choices a young person can make when the adults around them are in denial.

5 comments on “‘Pet’ by Akwaeke Emezi

  1. thathappyreader

    This sounds like such an interesting book! I always appreciate a book that keeps me wanting more!

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  2. I have this book on my wishlist and I honestly can’t wait to get to it! It sounds soooo good!!

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  3. Sounds like an intriguing book. I’ll add it to my list. Thanks for the review!

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