In this episode, we discuss The Final Strife by Saara El-Arifi, which was recommended to us by Melisa, one of our patrons (hey!!). Please consider supporting this work on Patreon for early episodes and a direct line to J & k via the podcast Discord.
Note: this is an adult fantasy novel that has a lot of explicit violence on the page. Repeat, this is not young adult / YA!
The Final Strife tells the story of mainly Sylah, who was trained from a young child to be a rebel with the Sandstorms, but things kind of fall apart when the family who trained her is murdered, and we see what her life has become as an adult and she’s helping a wealthy girl, Anoor, train to become a warden. Chaos ensues.
- Recommend if you like…
- Jasbir Puar is currently a professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. Her books are Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times (2007) and The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability (2017) –– this latter one is what kelly quotes in the episode.
- Jessie mentions the book Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People by Kekla Magoon
- Here is the Book Riot article Jessie refers to about the sexist miscategorization of women fantasy authors.
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