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K. M. Szpara

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About the Author

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Tekijän teokset

Docile (2020) 314 kappaletta
First, Become Ashes (2021) 82 kappaletta
Transcendent: The Year's Best Transgender Speculative Fiction (2016) — Toimittaja — 49 kappaletta
Tor.com Publishing 2020 Debut Sampler (2020) — Avustaja — 14 kappaletta
First, Become Ashes Sneak Peek (2021) 2 kappaletta

Associated Works

The Best of Uncanny (2019) — Avustaja — 53 kappaletta
Uncanny Magazine Issue 23: July/August 2018 (2018) — Avustaja — 21 kappaletta
Uncanny Magazine Issue 16: May/June 2017 (2017) — Avustaja — 20 kappaletta
Tor.com Short Fiction: May - June 2020 (2020) — Avustaja — 9 kappaletta
GlitterShip Year One (2017) — Avustaja — 8 kappaletta
Uncanny Magazine: The Best of 2018 — Avustaja, eräät painokset2 kappaletta

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Jennifer Udden



Finally finished. This book pulled me in quick. Its totally messed up, but has you thinking about things. My mind was spinning for hours one night I couldn’t sleep. I had to take a break. The whole premise gives you a LOT to think about. This was really well done.
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juliais_bookluvr | 23 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 9, 2023 |
Hello my name is Ema and I love all dystopias that highlight the flaws of capitalism.

This book was basically all gay and I loved it. Though there were WAY too many sex scenes for my liking (although in saying that, I did feel like a some of them moved the plot along?) My only real complaint is that it could have been tighter. It's long, and necessarily so as the plot requires some build up. But it did begin to lag in the second half when I thought I had found endgame and hadn't.

And plot wise, I think the cure for Elisha's mother was found way too easily. I didn't buy it, and I thought Lex would come to destroy it.… (lisätietoja)
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whakaora | 23 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 5, 2023 |
K.M. Szpara is a master of writing traumatic experiences, and the road to recovery. [b:Docile|40522814|Docile|K.M. Szpara|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1557777604l/40522814._SY75_.jpg|62893543] was one of my favorite reads from last year. So when I received the email from NetGalley announcing that I was approved for a copy of First, Become Ashes I squealed out loud. I thought I was prepared to be broken and rebuilt. But no. I wasn't prepared at all.

Every point of view in this book is masterfully constructed. The profound level of anguish within each chapter draws you in and doesn't let go. I think I read this book in less than 24 hours. I just couldn't put it down. I had to know if the characters made it out of their mental struggles, and were able to see the other side. If Lark can find the rainbow with everything that he experienced, that has to mean their is hope for the rest of us right?

Having read many accounts from outsiders looking in on cults, it was refreshing in a terrifying way to see the innerworkings of a mind within the followers (or anointed). We see the news of cults being "liberated" and often think, "so great those people were freed from a crazy person". But it's not that simple. Real people believed with everything they had in that person. There are real minds facing cognitive dissonance that can't be cured by someone saying "it wasn't real". You can't overcome that level of cognitive dissonance without first burning everything you are as a person, and rebuilding yourself from the ashes.

The way the author tackled this 'after it falls' period, dripped with the feeling that the author did the leg work to understand what goes into being devoted to a cult. Having read Docile, I couldn't imagine any other author writing these experiences.

I was also thankful that the story does not focus on what was done to them during their time behind the gates. Like Docile, the book sets the stage by touching on each aspect of the trauma but lets your mind fill in the rest. By doing this, it gave the book a faster pace, I could envision all the horrors without having to read each transgression on the page. The day to day life while in the cult would have been a book in itself, and that wasn't this story.

Larks journey is empowering in ways I would have never expected. From the connections he makes with outsiders, to the way he comes to terms with his reality being shattered, it's a must read ride. But it's not just him. Every point of view character in this book has a journey that is inspiring, surprising and well written. They were real people that we all know in life.

Calvin was every nerd, wishing the lord of the rings was a place we could visit. I was so thankful for the add in of this con / nerd duo. The two of them brought a comic relief that broke up the horrors of the cult in the right way. It bridged the magic of the cult with the magic of the outside world in a way that amplified the story.

The use of pronouns, gender and sexuality is well crafted. Loved how real it felt, flowing off the characters tongue with ease, not awkwardness or trepidation in the other characters response. It was just apart of society. Normal.

Finally, the use of magic. I don't want to give away spoilers, and it is hard to discuss this aspect of the book without doing so because it was woven into the plot so masterfully you have to read it to understand how much mind f*ckery is going on with it. I mean it's a cult, the magic was obviously a lie. Right? Was it a lie? I NEED TO KNOW.

If you loved Docile, you'll love this book.

Note: LGBT Rep. HP Mention.

Trigger Warnings: Rape, abuse, ptsd, explicit sex, sex with minors.
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SabethaDanes | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 30, 2023 |
This book isn't for the faint of heart. Aside from the graphic nature of the story, the mental state of two main characters is intense. (Rape, Sexually explicit, PTSD triggers, etc) But with that being said, it is so well written.

Getting both points of view is perfection, makes the story so immersive, and I couldn't put it down. The events were life like, at points relatable, and told a complete emotional journey. When I was in the middle of the book I was so sure by the end I was going to be broken over it, but the story doesn't leave me with the level of pain that it had me experience. Personally I loved the ending, it was choice, growth, and really wrapped the overall message up in a pretty red bow.

My biggest take aways from the book are, anyone can be conditioned without realizing it, or with it being blatant. Conditioning knows no bounds, it doesn't care of sex, gender, financial situation. Everyone is conditioned just by the environment they are raised in. Conditioning can happen with or without drugs, with or without direct violence, disguised as love or safety. This book speaks to society on so many levels.

But that everyone can change, anyone can learn new truths, as long as we are all given a voice, respect and autonomy. People are a work in progress.

Also, it is crimes against humanity to past down debt. Debt should always dissolved with death. Everything boils down to economics, and human rights. Where does one end, and one begin, which should rule the life we lead? Can their be a balance? Such a great book.
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SabethaDanes | 23 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 30, 2023 |



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