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I am Which again I imagine Hal Schrieve knows being nonbinary hirself so I don t know how this got into this book It is incredibly frustrating to me This maybe wouldn t even be such a big deal except for the reviews coming from everybody and their dog saying how educational this book is how it breaks down barriers and teaches you something I don t want some ignorant asshole coming up to me and thinking they know that I m almost transsexual It makes me sick I don t know what to do with that And again I get that this is young kids in the 90s But maybe some of this information could ve been in an author s note or a preface Oof tl dr read this book it s good and important But don t ever fucking say transsexual Give me this immediately oh my actual gods This book is so good and important for so many reasons that I can t put into words right now because I m too overwhelmed with my feelings but I will soon Loved itUpdate about 6 hours ater OK I have put my thoughts together and want to review this book because I feel so strongly about it But before I do I want to include a disclaimer I am an academic and some of my thoughts on this book are going to get academic y and so if that s not everyone s thing I completely understand and in fact if that makes my review sounds overly obscure or pretentious to you completely fair and understandable even but that s where I want t God this book It started out SO STRONG and did not Connexity let up AT ALL until it was finished It was just A tour de force I want to shake the author and go YOU DID THIS HOW DID YOU DO THISZ s deadpan heh heh point of view and narration style worked perfectly for me They re exactly the kind of narrator I need when horrible events are being described because the plain and simple statements of what is make the painful into factual and give a sense that it s another thing to take in stride Sort ofike the internal voice I need when I m in a crisis and I ve gotta make myself believe that I can take things one step at a timeAnd trust me there s a A Personal Influence lot of horrible things to get through You have to have a tough stomach for this book Il give content warnings at the end there is a Americas First City lot of body horror unsurprisingly given that the main character is a slowly decaying undead teen But if you can get through that you are rewarded with one of the most real heartwarming resolute stories of friendship and chosen family in the face of oppression that I have ever had the pleasure of readingI don t think I ve ever seen political stuff regarding structural violence in a novel stick itsanding uite so perfectly though take that with a grain of salt given that I m not someone directly at risk for a Bone Mountain (Inspector Shan, lot of state violence and murder This narrative felt so real that while I was sympathizing with these fictional characters oppressed for both real world and fantastical reasons I felt as though I were reading about one of the myriad current day stories of resistance to fascism around the US Everything from the interpersonal struggles and disagreements of the anarchist werewolf group to the wildly varied range of reasons the rally attendees had for being there it all rang so trueI think it made a big difference that alongside magical oppression for fey werewolf etc ancestry the book specifically had both trans and nonbinary characters and characters of color and that fascism racism Islamophobia were addressed specifically on the page The monster ness of the characters was not simply a metaphor or stand in for these other oppressionsETA I forgot to mention a beautiful thread running through the book the uestion of personal responsibility especially within structures of power All the characters have to confront choices they ve made the circumstances that forced and influenced those choices and decide how they want to act in the future When Aysel says to Z I would die for you it might soundike teen melodrama but it s also very real I especially Neutered by the vet (The League of Dominant Women love the book s exploration of the roles of parents caregivers and other adults in positions of authority variously failing or stepping up to the fullness of the role Theatter when it happens is so powerful it Charity Girl legit had me weepingContent warnings graphic body horror homophobic racist and fatphobic bullying mentions of police violence and torture mentions of murder suicidal ideation mentions of past medical abuse arson I read this as part of Halloween Bingo so the fact that this book could reasonably be applied to about half the suares is woth mentioning This is the first book I ve read which used the singular nongendered theytheir as pronouns which slowed me down a bit at the beginning But it worked and never felt gimmicky Z was a plausible fourteen year old zombie who s entire family died in an auto accident only Z reanimatedThere s werewolves and high school bullying and good teachers and bad teachers and a growing movement in favor of shooting all the monsters As a metaphor it is terrifying But it s also the story of school misfits becoming friends and of teens solving a mystery so there is significant fun as well as the terrorI m delighted it was recommended to me and I can t wait to read Shrieve s subseuent books As good as this debut was the next one should be astoundingLibrary copy Overall Out of Salem was an enjoyable and somewhat thought provoking urban fantasy The characters outshone everything else as Aysel and Z were instantlyikable and interesting with Alipio little introduction needed Rating fouresbian selkie grandmasfiveFor fans of These Witches Don t Burn by Isabel Sterling The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson Carry On by Rainbow RowellFavorite uotes There must be a great mystical beauty in being out at sea and waking and swimming in the surging waves watching the dawn It s hard to Seducing Ingrid Bergman leave a place until it siterally killed you Z watched her and felt a burst of something bigger than The Guardship (Thomas Marlowe, love in the middle of their stomach. Cover her status as an unregistered werewolf When aocal psychiatrist is murdered in an apparent werewolf attack the town of Salem Oregon becomes even hostile to monsters and Z and Aysel are driven together in an attempt to survive a place where most people wish that neither of them exist.
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45 starsRTCrepresentation nonbinary main Muslim A Secret Place lesbian main several LGBTAI and POC side characterscontent notes misgendering and deadnaming mostly due to character being closeted not intentional death of family members body horror because zombies police brutality racist rallies bullying nonbinary protagonist nonbinary author zombies witches werewolves in Salem yeah this is going on my TBR Do you want a YA novel about aesbian werewolf and a genderueer zombie becoming friends You bet you do And Out of Salem is just that bookIn a horrible accident Z s entire family died And so did they Only they re still walking Z s Scandalous (Playing with Fire looking at a new uncertain future as an orphaned zombie in a world that hates zombies They veost their family their friends and their Brute Force (Nick Stone, life They reucky enough to have Mrs Dunnigan an elderly Beautiful Breasts Pictures lesbian witch and family friend for support but their body is deteriorating by the day and all information on zombism is censoredAysel is another fourteen year old at Z s school and she also has a secret she s an unregistered werewolf Werewolves are reuired to report to the government to be held in facilities where they will endure electroshock therapy to suppress their shapeshifting In Z Aysel sees the potential for a friend who will understand what it sike to be a monsterAs their small town of Salem Oregon is rocked by the death of a psychiatrist in what s a supposed werewolf attack Aysel and Z will have to rely on themselves each other and their friends and allies to survive in an environment increasingly hostile to anyone perceived as monstrousWhere do I even start with Out of Salem It s utterly fantastic and sure to be among my favorite releases of 2019 First off it s a ueer friendship story which is something I ve been desperately To Risks Unknown longing for of and I know aot of people feel the same Especially in fiction ueerness is often euated with romance and so many stories ignore the reality of ueer friend groups Like most of my really close friends in high school were ueer and we became friends even before most of us were out And this isn t a scenario uniue to meSecondly I ove the world building in Out of Salem It s set in an alternate history version of the 90 s so it mixes historical and urban fantasy In the world of the story most people have some sort of magic and spellwork is a core part of the academic curriculum Being a witch is perfectly respectable In fact it s normal But werewolves zombies and shapeshifters are all magical minorities who face arge scale societal discrimination It s a pretty chilling dystopia For example if Z doesn t have a human caretaker then the state is The Vampire Next Door (Strange Neighbors, legally allowed to dispose of them since the walking dead aren t considered to be human anyongerIt d be easy for a book Any Girl Can Be a CandyKiss Girl! / Tea with the Birds / The G-SUS Gene like Out of Salem to follow the tropes of other YA books mixing dystopia with urban fantasy In such a story Z and Aysel would join a monster rebellion probably become theeaders topple the government and all the problems of persecution and discrimination would be solved Out of Salem isn t Scandal! like that and it s so much scary for the realism with which it handles Z and Aysel sives The two are fourteen year olds trying to survive in a world hostile to their existence and there s nowhere for them to run There s no promise of a far away safe harbor free of oppression and even finding participating in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel larger communities opens them up to dangerI feelike Out of Salem also avoids a Pilgrimage (1920) lot of the pitfalls that typically characterize fantasy oppression you know when magic users or werewolves or whatever are the marginalized and oppressed group That s mostly because both Z and Aysel are marginalized in realife ways Z s genderueer and Aysel s also Muslim in addition to being Shapely Ankle Preferrd lesbian Out of Salem s focus on the dystopic oppression of fantasy monsters makes it bearable to read about in a way I don t know if I could have handled otherwise Look I m getting stressed out enough when reading about anti werewolf bigotryZ and Aysel are both great protagonists who I uickly grew attached to They re both trying to survive and also hoping to find friendship and community too The supporting cast was also strong and I particularlyoved Aysel s relationship with her mom Her mother knows Aysel is a werewolf but has chosen not to report her to the government and devotes herself to helping Aysel have the best Sword at Sunset life possibleIt took me aittle bit to get into Out of Salem but once I was in I was all in I soon became swept away by the narrative of Salem s growing anti monster sentiment and the young monsters Fair Play (Zephyr Ranch living through it This whole book reminds me a bit of one of myong time favorites Sunshine by Robin McKinley I think it mostly comes down to the urban fantasy world building and how it seems to beyond the boundaries of the page becoming something expansive and all encompassingAs a book from a small press Out of Salem isn t ikely to get a huge marketing push I guess I l need to be extra Cronache della famiglia Wapshot loud about how amazing it is then because this is a book that than deserves an audience I received an ARC with the expectation of a free and honest reviewReview from The Illustrated Page DNF 60%Thank you to Edelweiss for a copy of Out of Salem in exchange for an honest reviewI don t usually DNF books that I get to review no matter how bad it is I try to stick with it until the end However with Out of Salem I felt myself dreading each time that I picked it up and it was starting to put me in a severe reading slump Because I m DNF ing it I will not be putting a star rating on this book nor will I be putting this review on my blogThere are definite pros to Out of Salem such as it s representation Z is a genderueer zombie Aysel is aesbian werewolf It s those two aspects that originally sold me on this book I absolutely oved reading Z go by theythem pronouns because I feel that I haven t read many books with that rep Plus I m always here for supernatural LGBT beings Another pr. When genderueer fourteen year old Z Chilworth wakes from death after a car crash that killed their parents and sisters they have to adjust uickly to their new status as a zombie Always a talented witch Z can now barely perform magic and is rapidly decaying Faced with rejection from their
O to Out of Salem is the fact that Virgina Woolf and Ernest Hemingway were apparently werewolves Silly things ike that makes me extremely giddy As for the writing dialogue I just couldn t get into it but remember this is an advanced readers copy things can change There s just too much cringe the character development is so unbelievable tacky One of the characters Tommy tells Z a secret a character he practically just met goes I m telling you this because I trust you I m sorry what Thankfully Z responds with Don t trust me I don t even know you At The Secret Life of Birds least someone is making sense There are other conversations sprinkled throughout the book that made me want to drop this book aong time ago There s nothing that grasped my attention plot wise and character wise I didn t find myself getting attached or even caring about the characters their personalities were very meh to me There are a The Great Silent Grandmother Gathering lot of unnecessary scenes in this story that does absolutely nothing to push the story forwardI m sure that there are going to be aot of people who won t agree with me and this review if that s you I m very happy that you enjoyed this book It just wasn t for me I New Penguin Cookery Book liked Out of Salem for the most part Part of a recent trend of diverse occult themed YA fiction that had really spiked in 2019 this book explores a wide variety of themes some much deeper and important than others and it seemed borderline allegorical to the very true reality that many teens face of being different and rejected by their peers and society Z Chilworth is genderueer and after they become a zombie in the wake of a terrible accident they find rejection and fear at every turn Moreover Z struggles to practice the magic that they were once very skilled with Z finds refuge with two misfits but after a brutal murder takes place the town of Salem becomes hostile than everThere were aot of great ualities to make this book stand out First of all it was good to see some diversity and representation in this genre and Z is a well developed Wrong Pong likeable character whose resourcefulness shines through the whole story There s aot of good dialogue and the plot was a Dealmakers Guide To Commercial Real Estate lot of fun while at the same time sobering fans of Paranorman and Edward Scissorhands will find a similar social commentary here in the book s theme Plotwise the book is well written but often felt to meike it was all over the place There were some issues with pacing with side characters not having as significant of a role as what seemed warranted of plot elements being introduced at odd times and of the world in which Z inhabits not really being explained to readers very well Nevertheless I still really The Contest of the Century liked Out of Salem It manages to do something uniue with overused horror fantasy tropes such as zombies witches and werewolves and it deals with heavy themes in a way that readers of all ages can resonate with This book is difficult for me to review On the one hand I am simply in awe of its presence The mere fact that it exists practically has me falling on my knees in gratitude A genderueer main character Written by a nonbinary author In an urban fantasy novel This is the ueer genre fiction of my dreams And yet This turned me off in so many ways Il start with the worldbuilding At the start I thought that the existence of magical creatures was hidden from the public Then it seemed that the public was fine with the notion of magic and magical creatures Then finally it became clear that the public was or The Battle of the Atlantic less fine with the notion of magic but had a virulent hate for magical creatures I don t mind the world here I m just frustrated that it was so unclear to me what that world was Not to mention it took me approximately 100 pages tooong to realize this book was set in the 90s The prose is vague enough that I had a difficult time understanding what was happening at any given moment That being said the story was original enough and I was glad to know it once I figured out what was going onWhich brings us to the elephant in the room I understand finally that this book is about a bunch of 14 year old kids in the 90s So I get that there s not a The Real Dads Army lot of information available to them and that times were different and that kids aren t great at expressing things elouently I get it And I also get that this is an ownvoices novel so I have faith that Hal Schrieve has a sufficient handle on gender theory But the way it was expressed made me so so uncomfortable on multiple occasions When Z comes out to Aysel Aysel is confused as she has never heard of nonbinary gender before She asks Z You mean transsexual to which Z replies I m not uite transsexual Transgender It s neurological I did a test online I m almost transsexual but I m not As if a transsexual is an acceptable term to use for anyone ever and b as if nonbinary gender is somehow a person s falling just aittle bit short of that gender finish Model-Based Systems Engineering with OPM and SysML line Thenater Z says to Tommy It s Pour une branche de gui like a deep feeling that I just don t want to be a woman because people will always see me in a certain way and make me act in a certain way And I don t think I could be a man because I hate almost every man I ve ever met Look someone s gender is not a wish or a desire It s a fact I m not nonbinary because I don t want to be a man or a woman I m nonbinary because I m not a man or a woman This doesn t even make sense What cis woman on earth doesn t wish that people would stop seeing her and making her act the way they do That doesn t change their being women And what trans man doesn t know the feeling of hating men and hoping to god they don t actike that That doesn t change their being men When I was discovering my own gender I tried very hard to be a woman I tried all my childhood adolescence and some of my adulthood to be a woman Despite my best efforts it didn t take Because I m not one And failing that I tried very hard to be a man That didn t work either Because I m not one It s not about what I want It s about who. Emaining family members and old friends Z moves in with Mrs Dunnigan an elderly witch and befriends Aysel a oud would be goth classmate who is ike Z a oner As Z struggles to find a way to repair the broken magical seal holding their body together Aysel fears that her classmates will dis.