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The Manifestor Prophecy

por Angie Thomas

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Séries: Nic Blake and the Remarkables (1)

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"It's not easy being a Remarkable in the Unremarkable world. Some things are cool--like getting a pet hellhound for your twelfth birthday. Others, not so much--like not being trusted to learn magic because you might use it to take revenge on an annoying neighbor. All Nic Blake wants is to be a powerful Manifestor like her dad. But before she has a chance to convince him to teach her the gift, a series of shocking revelations and terrifying events launch Nic and two friends on a hunt for a powerful magic tool she's never heard of...to save her father from imprisonment for a crime she refuses to believe he committed."--… (mais)
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Gr 4 Up—Nic's father has always been reluctant to teach her how to use her Gift. But when some shocking truths
come to light, Nic must hunt down a mysterious, powerful magical object to clear her father's name. This fresh
fantasy is impossible to put down.
  BackstoryBooks | Apr 1, 2024 |
there are definitely things that i really like about this so i'll talk about them first. the way she weaves both african mythology and also the reality of black lives into this story is powerful and really well done. there are parts that are funny and parts that are thoughtful. the way the books were such a big part of it. the adventure and the heroics and the powerful black characters.

but for me this was still a tough read. the writing wasn't nearly as good as i'd expected from thomas (although this is actually the first of her books that i've read). the fantasy elements were over the top for me (but i am predisposed to not like so much fantasy so that's probably just me) in a way that felt like things were just thrown in because it would be fun to have flying cars or whatever. it didn't serve a purpose in the story and felt like it was done just to do it. but probably what was hardest for me was the god stuff all over this book. it's everywhere and was so overwhelming and off-putting. ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Mar 19, 2024 |
Fun middle grade fantasy. Has got a lot of elements of other fantasy that has been done before -- was looking for something more fresh. ( )
  AnnesLibrary | Jan 28, 2024 |
Narrated by Joniece Abbott-Pratt. I kind of lost the threads of the story due to pressing personal concerns. But that said, Abbott-Pratt capably presents Nic's magical world and distinctively voices the various key characters. Notable about the world-building is that author Thomas ties in the remarkable world and its magical elements to historical Black figures, Black American history, and folktale legends, grounding the series opener with a thoughtful heft and alternate take on history. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Aug 12, 2023 |
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
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I've tried to write a favorable post about this book a couple of times now, and I've failed. I've got to get this back to the Library soon, so I need to get something done. So...here are some bullet points describing why readers should avoid the book.

WHAT'S THE BOOK JACKET SAY ABOUT THE MANIFESTOR PROPHECY?
I guess, to be fair, we should start with some facts. Here's what the jacket copy has to say:

It’s not easy being a Remarkable in the Unremarkable world. Some things are cool—like getting a pet hellhound for your twelfth birthday. Others, not so much—like not being trusted to learn magic because you might use it to take revenge on an annoying neighbor.

All Nic Blake wants is to be a powerful Manifestor like her dad. But before she has a chance to convince him to teach her the gift, a series of shocking revelations and terrifying events launch Nic and two friends on a hunt for a powerful magic tool she’s never heard of...to save her father from imprisonment for a crime she refuses to believe he committed.

From internationally bestselling superstar author Angie Thomas comes a wildly inventive, hilarious, and suspenseful new contemporary fantasy trilogy inspired by African American history and folklore, featuring a fierce, irrepressible character who will win your heart.

REASONS TO AVOID IT
In no particular order, just the way they occurred to me:
* As all good Fantasy readers know, there's a plethora of books (especially for MG audiences) with magic systems largely based on African American myths and folklore. It's the same old-same old here, give me some WASP-y fantasy!
* An MG-book featuring a strong father-daughter connection, however flawed by good intentions and human nature? Bah. Who needs that?
* We don't need a respectful, but still pointed, take on a certain magical boarding school series.
* The fact that there's a way for Muggles, I mean Unremarkables, to access magic on their own is such a bad idea and adds nothing new to the genre.
* In many ways, you get the impression (although it might not be the case) that Coogler's Black Panther influenced this storyline and world. Of all the superhero movies, why this one?
* The protagonist and her best friend be prepared for their adventures because of their devoted fandom of a series of fantasy novels. Nerds shouldn't be action heroes. They should stay in their lane.
* "Chosen One post-traumatic stress disorder?" Listen, the notion of a Chosen One is sacrosanct and should be treated that way.
* It's a Middle-Grade book, it shouldn't acknowledge (but not dwell on) things like issues with the prison system, racism, the Underground Railroad, the Civil Rights Movement, and so on.
* Protagonists (and main characters) who make mistakes—serious ones—and have to adjust their behavior are not the examples that Middle-Grade readers need.
* Nic Blake finds herself as part of two supportive and encouraging multi-generational communities (who don't see eye to eye, it should be said) and gets help from both when she needs it. But it's not just help for her—the communities help each other—largely because it's needed, not that they get anything in return.
* There's a sense of fun and joy that pervades the entire book, without detracting from the stakes, and that's such a turn-off.

SO, WHAT DID I THINK ABOUT THE MANIFESTOR PROPHECY?
Okay, fine...there are few reasons not to read this book, really. It's a fun world filled great characters (both minor and major), and I'm ready to read the sequel today (if only so I can have another chance at writing something about the series). ( )
  hcnewton | Jun 21, 2023 |
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