Death, Racism, Violence, War
Black, Queer, Latine
I think this is one of the ones that I didn’t really get swept away in, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good story. I don’t know if it was because of where it fell in the anthology or what it was, but every time I tried to listen to this one, I felt like I wasn’t retaining much of it. This is technically the second piece from Acevedo that I’ve listened to, with the first being Clap When You Land, which I absolutely adored. That one was written in verse, but I think what helped me get through that one was Acevedo partially narrating it.
This story seems to be more historical fiction, or at least that’s the vibe I received. From what I remember, it was inspired by the first major slave revolt in the Americas in 1522, so let’s call it historical fantasy since we have the element of magic involved. I like that this one had that vibe though, and even though I may need to reread this one again to get immersed in it, I still think it’s worth reading. I personally don’t skip any stories in anthologies, since they were included for a reason. This may be one of those instances where I’ll do an annotated reread when I get the chance.