Book Eaters
by Dean, Sunyi

Part of The Family, a secret line of people for whom books are food, Devon, raised on a carefully curated diet of fairytales and cautionary stories, discovers that real life doesn't always come with happy endings when her son is born with an insatiable hunger for human minds.

Sunyi Dean, author of The Book Eaters, is an autistic author of fantasy fiction. Originally born in the States and raised in Hong Kong, she now lives in Yorkshire with her children. When not reading, running, falling over in yoga, or rolling d20s, she sometimes escapes the city to wildswim in lonely dales.

*Starred Review* Devon is a rare daughter in one of the premiere bookeater families. She's been raised on a carefully curated diet of gender-essentialist fairy tales, to prepare her for a future being married off and procreating for the good of their species. She thinks she's a princess. But when she gives birth and realizes she's expected to give her child up-her son is born with a hunger for human minds, which means he will be taken from her forever-she realizes that the world is much uglier than she's read. As Devon flees an ugly, corrupting, oppressive system with her son in tow, she learns that love doesn't have a cost; it's a choice you make. And she's chosen to protect her child-whatever the cost. Dean's debut novel is a powerful story of overwhelming mother love, as something both powerful and potentially horrific. It's a book that delves into the need to survive even when a system is built to break you or determined to crush you; a powerful queer story about difference that refuses to flinch away from difficult choices or the impact of trauma, both generational and inflicted. Readers will devour this compelling, rich fantasy. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

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