Book Review: Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi
Copy by Marley Talbot
Right off the bat as you start the book, you get a glimpse of the amount of world building in the novel. Author Tochi Onyebuchi illustrates a busy city with dirty, winding streets and varying social classes. You can see why the characters are so attached to the place. It feels like you’re running through the alleyways alongside the protagonists.
As for the characters, they’re extremely endearing. The main character Taj feels like someone who would definitely exist under the circumstances. His actions never seem forced or over the top because the reader knows his background and motivations. He’s kind and has a quick sense of humor while also managing to be one of the stronger and more vulnerable characters of the novel. The other characters are all unique, having their own quirks and ideas that draw you to them.
The plot is arguably one of the most confusing elements of this book. It follows Taj as he struggles to provide for his family and the burden of his taxing and underpaid job. As his talents grow, he realizes there is something more sinister lurking in the city. He then teams up with others who have grown suspicious to try to stop imminent destruction. It builds slowly and subtly until the climax where the ending breaks over your head like a storm. There is a sequel to “Beasts Made of Night” out now, “Crown of Thunder”, but the finale still leaves you staring at the pages in shock. It leaves you craving more adventures and more of the characters.
All and all, I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an exciting read that they won’t be able to put down. I can’t wait to read the next book!