necromancers, werewolves, witches, and harbingers (of death) living in present day Seattle. HMCN is classified as "supernatural" or "magical" fiction, and McBride uses this conceit to weave a remarkable coming of age story.
Our hero, Samhain Corvus LaCroix (Sam for short) is adrift. He has dropped out of college and is working as a fry cook at a fast food restaurant. What he doesn't know is that he is a necromancer, a magician capable of raising the dead. Sam's life gets increasingly more chaotic, funny and scary as he gets caught up in the supernatural world. (Wonderful metaphor for adolescence, huh?) We are rooting for him as he finds his strength and self-acceptance. Didn't it take us all time to accept our own uniqueness? Sam shows us how our quirks and differences can become an anchor. I laughed at the predicaments Sam and his friends found themselves in, although on a certain level, they were horrific. (As Sherman Alexie says on the blurb: "This a SCARY funny book OR a Funny scary book. It either case, it is a GREAT book. I LOVE it.") Sam and his friends have to accept a friend's death, after carrying around her severed talking head for most of the book. Heavy stuff, brilliantly executed.
It has been both a novelty and an enriching experience becoming on-line friends with Lish. It was a thrill to receive an advance copy of her book, in the mail over the weekend, before it's release date of next Tuesday, October 12th. First of all, she had me at Hold Me Closer. (C'mon, don't you feel the same way?) Second of all, I must admit that I am pre-disposed to like the book just because I like Lish so darn much. Her posts on Facebook always have me in stitches, her banter intelligent, crafty, meaningful and lighthearted. Those are difficult qualities to pull off in creative writing, and I was hoping to find the same qualities in HMCN.
I was not disappointed. She is the Rick Riordan for teens, and an even better wordsmith. (Indeed, my only disappointment is that my sons will have to wait a few years to read her work!)
Fans like me will look forward to HMCN's upcoming sequel and be clamoring for Hollywood to knock on Lish's door.
Léna is also a Regional Manager for Writopia Lab whose mission is to foster joy, literacy, and critical thinking in kids and teens from all backgrounds through creative writing.
"Well, the question is, what do you want to believe? Do you want to live in a world where things are possible, or in one where they aren't?" Cin, Edges.