Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson – Review by Miriam Thomas

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brown girl in the ringThere is a great dystopian novel that may have been written long before its time. One that, when written in 1998, uncannily predicted similar situations to present day. The novel I am referring to is Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson. In Hopkinson’s debut science fiction novel, she uses the title of an old Caribbean children’s folksong to weave a story of supernatural events in a crumbling lawless metropolitan city in the future. Downtown Toronto has become a poverty-stricken run-down city, after the well-to-do and police have abandoned it. Moving to surrounding cities after years of economic strife led to rioting and violence devastating the inner city. Only the poor, and those who control the poor, remain inside the bordered city unable to escape to a better life. Even though not as apocalyptic, and sans the supernatural element, cities like Detroit, Baltimore, and Ferguson could be heading…

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  1. Miriam Thomas says:

    Thank you for reblogging.

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