Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born in New York City. She looks West African, but is so sensitive to the sun that she can’t play soccer during the day. She doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere.
Then she learns why. Her classmate Orlu and his friend Chichi reveal that they have magical abilities- and so does she. Sunny is a “free agent,” overflowing with latent power. And she has a lot of catching up to do.
Orlu and Chichi have been working with their teacher for years. Sunny needs a crash course in magical history, spells, juju, shape-shifting and dimensional travel. Her new world is a secret from her family, but it’s well worth all of the silence, exhaustion and sneaking around.
Still, there is a darwww.tumblr.comquo;s found her footing, Sunny, Orlu, Chichi, and their American friend Sasha are asked by the magical authorities to help track down a criminal. Not just a run-of-the-mill bad guy. A real-life hardcore serial killer-with abilities far stronger than theirs.
Okay guys, this book, Okorafor’s worldbuilding, are SERIOUSLY SO GREAT - one of the best YA fantasies I’ve read in quite a while. It’s apparently is the first of a planned series, to which I say YESSS, because one book was not nearly enough I NEED MORE. (And, if you’re looking to expand your YA fantasy horizons beyond books about white European/American kids, definitely definitely pick this up.)