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The Stepford Wives meets Get Out in Nicola Yoon’s first adult novel, a terrifying and thought-provoking look at what it means to be truly free in America.

When Jasmyn and King Williams move their family to the planned Black utopia of Liberty, California, they hope to find a community of like-minded people, a place where their growing family can thrive. King settles in at once, embracing the Liberty ethos, including the luxe wellness center at the top of the hill, which proves to be the heart of the community. But Jasmyn struggles to find her place. She expected to find liberals and social justice activists striving for racial equality, but Liberty residents seem more focused on booking spa treatments and ignoring the world’s troubles.

Jasmyn’s only friends in the community are equally perplexed and frustrated by Liberty’s outlook, a frustration that turns to dread when their loved ones start embracing the Liberty way of life. As Jasmyn learns more about Liberty and its founders, she discovers a terrible secret that threatens to destroy her world in ways she never could have imagined.

The Sexy Nerd Review. . .

When I first read the synopsis for this novel, I knew I had to find out what it was about. My fans know how much of a horror fan I am and especially when it comes to the classic horror stories, which I find are the absolute best, so I had to try this. And I’m so happy I did.

Immediately I began thinking about The Stepford Wives, which is one of my all-time favorite books and Yoon had me from the first paragraph. King and Jasmyn Williams are a typical black family trying to better themselves and get out of the ghetto. They were all too familiar with the struggle and the senseless killing of black people at the hands of white police officers. At some point, they almost became immune to the police brutality, but not so much that they decided enough was enough.

As luck would have it, King was promoted and began making a huge bank roll and decided to remove his wife and son, Kamau, from the ghetto and move to a beautiful black oasis known as Liberty. Dare I say it, but is there a such of thing? Hmm? Jasmyn certainly had her misgivings about Liberty. When she first got there, everyone and everything appeared to be on the up and up. Her son flourished in school, and they seemed to be settling in well. Jasmyn worked as an attorney in the public defender’s office trying to help the young black youths and the legal troubles, they found themselves in. King used to volunteer in the hood to be a role model for the young black males and give them hope. But little by little, King stopped doing those things and Jasmyn became more worried about his outreach.

It appeared that the more they obtained within this solely black community, the more things seemed off. For instance, everyone enjoyed going to the Wellness Center. King spent a great deal of his time there. He often asked his wife to accompany him, but Jasmyn felt something was terribly wrong with the popular spa. Even though she knew in her gut something wasn’t quite right, she managed to make a couple of friends, Keisha, and Charles. They were the only three that still got upset over seeing the horror of what was happening to their people daily. Until one day, Charles and his wife went away on a vacation, that Charles’ wife insisted, and when he returned, not only were Charles’ dread locks gone from his head, but his whole vibe had changed. Jasmyn was convinced there was “something in the water” perhaps or in the air that was changing her friend.

The more Jasmyn protested to her husband that they needed to leave, it seemed Liberty clutched its teeth deeper in Jasmyn’s soul forever binding her and her family where they were. Wow! I must say this story was a lot to take in. It was very exhausting because I could identify with every point that was made among the characters. One major point this story will undoubtedly do is make for conversation. You will be discussing this story through and through. It wasn’t hard to figure out what was happening to the black community, but to witness and feel it along with the characters, was spine tingling. Much like The Stepford Wives, I was left with that same terrified reality.

The Sexy Nerd gives One of Our Kind four more fist pumps in the air. Overall, this was an amazing story that will scare the hell out of you. I couldn’t get enough. Yoon wrote one compelling horror story that will most definitely stay with me for years to come. One of Our Kind goes on sale Tues., June 11, 2024, at your favorite book retailers or wherever books are sold. I highly recommend you grab this book and get to reading. You are going sit there with your mouth hanging open. Way to go, Yoon! You’ve made me a fan!

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