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Midnight Robber (Paperback)

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Midnight Robber is a science fiction bildungsroman (coming-of-age novel) by Jamaican-Canadian writer Nalo Hopkinson. Warner Aspect published the novel in 2000.

It's Carnival time and the Caribbean-colonized planet of Toussaint is celebrating with music, dance, and pageantry. Masked "Midnight Robbers" waylay revelers with brandished weapons and spellbinding words. To young Tan-Tan, the Robber Queen is simply a favorite costume to wear at the festival--until her power-corrupted father commits an unforgiveable crime.

Suddenly, both father and daughter are thrust into the brutal world of New Half-Way Tree. Here monstrous creatures from folklore are real, and the humans are violent outcasts in the wilds. Tan-Tan must reach into the heart of myth and become the Robber Queen herself. For only the Robber Queen's legendary powers can save her life . . . and set her free.

Praise for Midnight Robber:

"Deeply satisfying...succeeds on a grand scale...best of all is the language....Hopkinson's narrative voice has a way of getting under the skin."--The New York Times Book Review

"Caribbean patois adorns this novel with graceful rhythms...Beneath it lie complex, clearly evoked characters, haunting descriptions of exotic planets, and a stirring story...[This book] ought to elevate Hopkinson to star status." --Seattle Times

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Scott Macauley
Midnight Robber

It’s a bit hard to read at first, since Hopkinson chose to write the book in a mix of three different creoles, but you get used to it after a chapter or two. I really enjoyed the story overall, but I would offer a bit of a content warning for sexual assault.

Hopkinson creates not one but two vibrant worlds based on Carribean culture and mythology, and allows the reader to explore these two worlds in tandem with her main character as she comes of age. Tan-Tan has to grow up way too fast and navigate an adult world that she barely understands, and as expected, she makes a lot of mistakes. But unlike her willfully ignorant father, she’s willing to learn from them and become the best version of herself.

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Chris Muller
Excellent recommendation

I'm hip-deep in this book, which was a recommendation from Sistahscifi, and it's a great choice. the advice and service have been excellent - thank you! You're inspiring!

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