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Ace of Spades af Faridah Abike-Iyimide

Ace of Spades (udgave 2021)

af Faridah Abike-Iyimide (Forfatter)

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Titel:Ace of Spades
Forfattere:Faridah Abike-Iyimide (Forfatter)
Info:Feiwel & Friends (2021), 432 pages

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Ace of Spades af Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

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This novel is terrifying. Easily one of the best thrillers I’ve ever read. Doubly so because I’m mortified that it could be true.

Ace of Spades follows two Black students – Devon and Chiamaka – through their senior year at Niveus Private Academy. Both are good students, both work hard to be where they are in life. Both are about to have terrible, horrible, unforgiveable things happen to them.

To talk too much about why I loved this book (as a read, I just feel like I need to separate that from “as a reality” because yikes) would be to give away all the plot twists and horrifying revelations. This is one of the things that make reviews for thrillers so frustratingly difficult to write! Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé has done an amazing job of setting up characters that are layered and deceitful, characters you care about, characters that you really, really love to hate. Our protagonists are also very different and also absolutely amazing. Their resilience astounds me and has grown my respect for the resilience of all Black people and the resiliency they need to exhibit daily.

This was a book that, despite how invested I was, I had to listen to in pieces. I was listening to Ace of Spades on the road one day and I had to turn it off because what was happening in the book was making me feel physically sick. It’s that emotionally investing. I can’t recommend enough that folks should pick this one up, but also know that there’s some pretty nauseating behavior in its pages.

Àbíké-Íyímídé’s debut sets high expectations. The writing is solid and gutting, the character development is out of this world, and there’s such a wide variety of twists that by the end of everything you’ll probably have lost all hope for the protagonists (at least, I did). I await her next book with eager anticipation.

If the hype about Ace of Spades hasn’t drawn you in yet… take this review as a sign that it’s time to pick it up and give it a read. It’s easily appealing to anyone from young adults to any age adult despite its private high school setting. Ace of Spades examines the very real evil that exists in the hearts of so many people in our world and the strength of those who succeed despite it. It’s an excellent book and it will hurt you in all the ways it should. ( )
  Morteana | Sep 24, 2021 |
i loved the synopsis for this book and was super interested in reading it! it centers around two black highschoolers in an all-white school, where the rich, elite, and powerful attend. it is their senior year, and the main girl character, chiamaka, has been head girl for all four. devon, on the other hand, is suddenly made a prefect and isn't sure how.

chiamaka has a perfect life on the outside, as she has top grades, a best friend, and a bright future instead of her. she wants to go premed at yale, her dream school, and will stop at nothing to get there. devon wants to pass the year under the radar and continue playing music.

unfortunately, neither of their plans work. the aces, an anonymous organization, sends texts to the entire student body that targets chiamaka and devon. they send pictures of private photos and dark secrets that they both worked hard to keep hidden.

chiamaka and devon can only trust each other, as they are the only ones being suspected. chiamaka is determined to get to the bottom of this and find who's been sabotaging her perfect senior year. together, they find clues and bring up possible suspects.

the mystery and suspense kept me intrigued and i finished the book really quickly. the book tackles important topics in today's society, such as racism, homophobia, and white supremacy. the author brings the topics in and we can really see the issues by reading from the character's povs.

overall, i really loved this book, especially chiamaka! she's not perfect, but she's strong and smart and doesn't let anything get in her way. the ending of the book really tied it all up, and it was great. i would recommend this book to anyone looking for a ya thriller! ( )
  emmyxreads | Aug 22, 2021 |
“Hello, Niveus High. It’s me. Who am I? That’s not important. All you need to know is… I’m here to divide and conquer. Like all great tyrants do. — Aces"

Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé’s debut novel ACE OF SPADES has been billed as “Gossip Girl” meets “Get Out” — and for good reason — but I am here to tell you that it is SO much more than that. A binge-worthy contemporary YA thriller, ACE OF SPADES is a timely and thought-provoking exploration of classism, homophobia, and the pervasiveness of institutional racism.

Told in alternating first-person narration, ACE OF SPADES follows Devon Richards and Chiamaka Adebayo as they navigate the halls of Niveus Private Academy. Despite being the only two black students at Niveus, their paths have seldom crossed. While Queen bee Chiamaka has spent the past three years clawing her way to the top of the social ladder in her golden Jimmy Choos, scholarship student Devon’s only goal has been to keep his head down until graduation and land a place at Julliard.

But the two are thrown onto a collision course when someone going only by “Aces” begins sending anonymous text messages to the student body revealing their deepest, darkest secrets. As the texting escalates into more dangerous attacks, Devon and Chiamaka realize that someone is out to get them — and they show no signs of stopping. But who is Aces? And why are they only targeting Devon and Chiamaka?

Despite being deeply suspicious of literally every single character in this book, ACE OF SPADES still managed to have me gasping aloud at plot twists I didn’t see coming. A heart-pounding social commentary that re-writes the dark academia script to its benefit, ACE OF SPADES is a necessary and page-turning indictment of systems of institutionalized racism. But even more than that, it is a love letter to the strength and resilience of Black individuals attempting to navigate within those systems.

CW: gaslighting, racism, homophobia, beating, car accident, racist slurs, blood, stalking, outing of a queer character, panic disorder, attempted suicide, incarceration, death of a parent ( )
  SamBortle | Jul 23, 2021 |
I was itching for a good YA mystery and Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé served me one. Frankly speaking, when I first started this book, my exact thoughts were: "ah, not another highschool drama with mean girls". But as I kept reading, I realized it was much much more than that. Ace of Spades turned out to be such a powerful and enlightening book. Dealing with topics of racism, peer pressure and com petition, this book is unputdownable. I had so many theories about who could be the actual Aces (the anonymous texter ruining the lives of two black students at Niveus Private Academy: Chiamaka & Devon) and when it was all revealed, I was left dumbfounded because Àbíké-Íyímídé made such flawless connections that everything just made sense.

Ace of Spades creates this ambiance that makes you feel like a part of Niveus, witnessing all the traumas and conspiracies. Brownie points for Chiamaka's character, which I absolutely loved even though her plans were mostly unsuccessful. The author portrayed her in such a graceful and confident way that one cannot help but admire her.

I highly recommend everyone to pick this up! ( )
  sanyazulfiqarmithani | Jul 16, 2021 |
Devon is a talented musician, which I appreciated because I don't think we see enough of those in books. Chiamaka is a strong-willed head girl. Both main characters have one thing in common: they are black and face racism in their school. An anonymous threat comes to them both, known only as Ace, and they band they need to stop the secrets Ace would leak or risk losing everything they've had to fight to get.

There were some heavy topics in this book: racism, homophobia. But I felt like they were handled really well and gave the reader a deep perspective what it's like to live life outside of the majority.

Chiamaka is such a strong character that I couldn't help but love her from the first page. She's unapologetic and will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Devon, on the other hand, is quiet and sweet and has my heart because he's so kind and pure. They juxtapose each other so well as they come together to fight Ace. I loved the writing, and I'm almost sad that the book is over. ( )
  taylorkillpack | Jul 5, 2021 |
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For all the Black kids drowning in the sunken place, desperately trying to claw their way out, this book is for you
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