Following the camp experience of fifteen-year-old Kivali Kerwin, Lizard Radio takes a new spin on the teen dystopian novel. For die-hard dystopian fans, this book is probably not the one they should pick up next: the futuristic setting Pat Schmatz created with its intimidatingly rigid gender norms is overwhelming at first. It takes the reader almost 100 pages to understand the rules of this society as put forward by the SayFree Gov, including why these teenagers are at CropCamp, attending Cleezies and fearing that their piemates will vape —yeah, we hesitated, too.
Nevertheless, for readers intrigued enough by the non-binary identifying main character and their (seemingly) bisexual love interest, Schmatz creates a complex critique of the dangers of forcing young teens into rigid binaries, specifically in terms of gender, sexuality, and morality, that will inspire conversations of youthful identities, families of choice, and bravery despite the seduction of assimilation.
For those intrigued by critical conversations around gender and societal norms, Lizard Radio should be the next addition to your bookshelf.
|Page Count||288 pages|
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