Publication Date: 04/07/2024 ISBN: 9781529920567 Category:

Chain-Gang All-Stars

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication Date: 04/07/2024 ISBN: 9781529920567 Category:
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FIGHT FOR FREEDOM. FIGHT FOR LOVE. WELCOME TO THE KILLING GROUND.

‘America’s new Hunger Games’ SUNDAY TIMES

‘So good. This one is from the heart’ STEPHEN KING

*SHORTLISTED FOR THE ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD FOR SCIENCE FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR
*LONGLISTED FOR THE TIKTOK BOOK AWARDS FOR INTERNATIONAL BOOK OF THE YEAR
*SHORTLISTED FOR THE WATERSTONES DEBUT FICTION PRIZE 2023

Enter a world where, livestreamed to millions, prisoners fight like gladiators for the ultimate prize: their freedom.

Fan-favourite female stars Loretta Thurwar and Hamara ‘Hurricane Staxxx’ Stacker are teammates and lovers. Thurwar is nearing the end of her time on the circuit, free in just a few matches, a fact she carries as heavily as her lethal hammer. But as protestors clash with the baying crowds and the programme’s corporate owners stack the odds against her – will the price be simply too high?

‘Brutal, thrilling, devastating and beautiful’ THE TIMES

‘So compelling – right up to the final, fatal blow’ SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

‘Defiant, awe-inspiring’ JESSAMINE CHAN

‘Vividly imaginative and startling’ ELLE

‘The new maestro of dystopian lit’ WIRED

‘A pure fire page turner’ MAX PORTER

Publisher Review

Criminally entertaining. * Guardian * Adjei-Brenyah's acerbic vision lands like a lightning bolt of truth. * Esquire * Grimly funny, epically violent and - at times - surprisingly tender. Quite the ride. * Marie Claire * Magnificent. A radical interrogation of incarceration, racism, entertainment, the whole fabric of American injustice, as well as a pure fire page turner. -- Max Porter, author of SHY A sort of The Hunger Games meets Gladiator meets WWE meets the modern private prison system. * Elle * Like Orwell's 1984 and Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, Adjei-Brenyah's book presents a dystopian vision so upsetting and illuminating that it should permanently shift our understanding of who we are and what we're capable of doing... Shockingly intimate and moving. * Washington Post * Compelling... The range of different narrators provides a smart 360-degree perspective of the too-familiar society that demands murder for entertainment. * SFX * A brutal, heart-wrenching story that feels so close to reality. * Cosmopolitan * A hugely imaginative read - the world-building is masterful... Unmissable. * Independent * One of the most exciting young writers in America. -- George Saunders, author of LINCOLN IN THE BARDO We simply couldn't put it down... enthralling and engaging. -- Leanne Fridd * The Times * You cannot applaud Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah's debut novel without getting blood on your hands... * New York Times Book Review * Deservedly acclaimed, Adjei-Brenyah is as commanding a storyteller as he is a world-builder. * Daily Mail * Beautiful and brutal, with a really furious social commentary underpinning it. -- Bea Carvalho * Independent * Defiant, awe-inspiring... Readers will be forever changed by this book. -- Jessamine Chan, author of THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD MOTHERS [An] acclaimed master of our futuristic nightmares... While this is set in the future, it feels uncomfortably close to the present. * Oprah Daily * [A] blazing debut novel... Chain-Gang All-Stars is also a breathless dystopian thriller. * Lit Hub * A searing debut with an unforgettable voice, Chain Gang All-Stars will force you to reevaluate what freedom in America really means. * Lit-Reactor * Imagine The Hunger Games refashioned into a rowdy, profane, and indignant blues shout at full blast. * Kirkus *

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