27 Hours by Tristina Wright

27 Hours

Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with Dahlia, her best frien...

Title:27 Hours
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ISBN:1633758214
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:400 pages

27 Hours Reviews

  • Leah

    As one of Tristina Wright's beta readers, I've had the honor and privilege of seeing this story in multiple stages. It has come a long way since the first version I read, and there have been some fundamental plot changes along with little tweaks here and there. But in every form its taken, this story has been incredible.

    27 HOURS is a story of loss and love, family (both by blood and those you make for yourself) and friendship, and finding yourself in the midst of chaos. But above all, this novel

    As one of Tristina Wright's beta readers, I've had the honor and privilege of seeing this story in multiple stages. It has come a long way since the first version I read, and there have been some fundamental plot changes along with little tweaks here and there. But in every form its taken, this story has been incredible.

    27 HOURS is a story of loss and love, family (both by blood and those you make for yourself) and friendship, and finding yourself in the midst of chaos. But above all, this novel is one that explores the morality of humanity. In a world where the color of your skin, your sexuality, your gender, and so much more are of no consequence to anyone, Wright explores the give and take of humanity. She unflinchingly details the selfishness and greed, as well as the love and kindness, and everything in between.

    27 HOURS is not a book that you want to miss.

  • Julia Ember

    Wow. 27 hours was an intricate, masterfully plotted read. I loved the unique world of the Sahara moon. It was so rich, with every detail from energy generation to food to housing and protection explored. I loved how the characters knew some things about their earthly heritage but that the Sahara had such a distinct culture of its own. I loved the variety of gargoyles -- chimera -- and how we get to see both sides of the battle in this book. No one is blameless.

    Despite the depth of the world-bui

    Wow. 27 hours was an intricate, masterfully plotted read. I loved the unique world of the Sahara moon. It was so rich, with every detail from energy generation to food to housing and protection explored. I loved how the characters knew some things about their earthly heritage but that the Sahara had such a distinct culture of its own. I loved the variety of gargoyles -- chimera -- and how we get to see both sides of the battle in this book. No one is blameless.

    Despite the depth of the world-building, details are woven seamlessly throughout. At no point did I feel like narrative dragged or got bogged down with info-dumps. This book grabs you with action right from the first pages. Although it's set in deep space on a colonised moon, this book has a sweeping, epic fantasy feel to it.

    I loved all the cinnamon roll, diverse characters in this book. Not only are all the narrators intersectionally diverse, but many of the secondary characters are as well. This makes the world feel real and full. The rep in this book includes bisexual, gay, pansexual, asexual, trans, deaf and many POC characters and as far as I could tell, all the portrayals were sensitive and well-researched. It is obvious that Wright did the ground work for successful representation of many, many identities. Nyx and Dahlia were my two favourite characters in the book. Nyx's total inability to tell her best friend how much she loved her really resonated with me!

    I did feel the romances in the story were a bit too conviently interconnected and at times, I thought the narrators' voices sounded too similar. However, this did not significantly impede my overall enjoyment of this fast-paced, incredibly diverse book.

  • Eric Smith

    From the diverse, inclusive cast to the non-stop intense action to the visually lush world-building, Tristina Wright's debut has everything I look for in a great YA novel. And I truly can't wait for her second book.

    While reading, I kept thinking how this book read like the best video game I've never played. If anyone at Bioware is listening, please pick up Tristina immediately. Thanks.

  • Shauna

    Originally posted on my blog,

    In this fast-paced, pulse-pounding story, a group of teens must work together to stop an all-out war between the humans who colonized an alien moon and the indigenous aliens (known as Chimera)

    This book hits the ground running (quite literally, I might add) and barely stops to take a breath. My heart was pounding so hard at times during this high-stakes story that I found i

    Originally posted on my blog,

    In this fast-paced, pulse-pounding story, a group of teens must work together to stop an all-out war between the humans who colonized an alien moon and the indigenous aliens (known as Chimera)

    This book hits the ground running (quite literally, I might add) and barely stops to take a breath. My heart was pounding so hard at times during this high-stakes story that I found it difficult to read more than a few pages at a time.

    I would be remiss if I didn’t give a trigger warning here: there is a lot of death and blood in this. If you’re sensitive to mass deaths, dead parents, or descriptions of blood and gore, you should take care while reading this.

    27 Hours is a story that excels at nuance. Within the 27 hours between the twin suns setting and the new day, the characters in this book must face their socially ingrained prejudices against the chimera, all while fighting a faction of anti-human chimera and attempting to stop a war. It’s easy to see why the humans would fear them—they literally look like monsters. With multiple heads, two tongues, large curving horns, and a wide range of body shapes and sizes, it’s no wonder that the aliens were nicknamed “gargoyles” “demons” “hellhounds” by the humans. However, much like the past on Earth, the humans in charge have made it a priority to ingrain prejudice into their children, giving them guns and weapons and teaching them to kill as soon as they are old enough to hold one. 27 Hours does a wonderful job at navigating this topic.

    While I loved the plot, description, and overall writing quality, this story’s true shining beacon is in its characters. Rumor Mora is bisexual and multiracial, the son of a Nigerian and Portuguese dad and an Indian mom. Dahlia is a afrolatinx bisexual trans girl, Nyx is a chubby Deaf pansexual Cuban, Jude is a soft, freckled gay boy, Braeden is asexual, and many of the side characters are also queer. One character uses they/them pronouns, Braeden has two moms, Trick, Jude’s brother, is gay, but these characters are not tokenized or included simply to check off a box. They, as some might say, contain multitudes. The relationships that blossom (not all romantic!) are beautifully written. Romantic and non-romantic relationships are given the same weight and development which I found refreshing.

    The writing in this is truly exceptional. The character descriptions, the action scenes, the cities and habitats, even the moon on which they reside with its nebulous sky is described in such exquisite detail that I could easily picture the surroundings. Creativity and innovation is clearly a strong suit of this author, and I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us. If you’re a fan of authors like Leigh Bardugo, Laini Taylor, Becky Chambers, Nnedi Okorafor, Ursula K. Le Guin, or Amie Kaufman, this is one for you.

    27 Hours will be available to purchase on October 3rd. It is currently available to pre-order.

  • Emma Giordano

    Never thought I'd be DNFing a book, but I just have to put this one down. I'm disappointed, not necessarily in the book itself, but because I was SO looking forward to this read and I can't love it as much as I wanted to.

    Unfortunately, this one just wasn't for me. At least right now, I can't seem to get into this book at all. Let me be clear that I don't actually think this book is "bad", but I just have a lot of little problems that are making it too difficult to read and I feel I'm spending to

    Never thought I'd be DNFing a book, but I just have to put this one down. I'm disappointed, not necessarily in the book itself, but because I was SO looking forward to this read and I can't love it as much as I wanted to.

    Unfortunately, this one just wasn't for me. At least right now, I can't seem to get into this book at all. Let me be clear that I don't actually think this book is "bad", but I just have a lot of little problems that are making it too difficult to read and I feel I'm spending too much time trying to love a book that I just *don't*.

    I do actually really like the characters. They aren't my favorite in the world, I don't think they'll stick with me for a long time or that they've made a huge impact on me, but they are good characters. They have their own individual stories and are all intersting to learn about. Of course, this is probably the most diverse cast I've ever read, which is a MAJOR plus. I can't find the exact list of representations in this book but we have a biracial bisexual MC, a cuban/Deaf MC, we have an ace MC, a gay MC, a black-latinx bisexual trans MC, there's just a lot to love about theses characters and I think a lot of people will be pleased with this cast. If you are looking for a diverse science fiction fantasy novel and find yourself getting invested in characters often, I would recommend 27 Hours to you.

    The world-building confused me a lot, and I think that contributed to a lot of why I DNF'ed. I think the story began way to quickly and there wasn't enough time to actually set up how this sci-fi world has evolved. I really could not tell you anything about the world of this book because every bit of information just did not stick with me. I recognize my lack of enjoyment as a possible factor, but I seriously could not describe what a HUB, a colony, a gargoyle, or a chimera is and it made understanding the plot impossible.

    I also felt like it was too obvious that this book was written in 2017? The book takes place hundreds of years into the future, but it felt too tied to modern times. It felt very "picky and choosy" as to which Earth customs were kept and which were left behind which made it feel a bit disjointed and not clean-cut. Personally, if I'm reading a book set in the future, I want to KNOW I'm in the future, and I just didn't feel like the world was separate enough from the world we are living in today. It had all the elements of science fiction, but it honestly felt like an urban-scifi where Earth today was waiting below, unaffected by the events of the story.

    The writing was also very distracting for me. It felt a lot like purple prose where sentences were just too detailed and elaborate to the point of unnecessary. I found myself having to take a break from reading every few paragraphs because I just could not retain anything from the story. I was forgetting details from the top of the page 10 lines in. It became overwhelming and ultimately unenjoyable.

    Honestly, I just don't think 27 Hours is for me. I'd consider giving it another go in the future because I really did want to love it. I definitely do not think this is a bad book whatsoever, there are just a bunch of tiny little things that made the story really difficult for me to read personally.

    That being said I DO think this book is going to be an absolute hit, I wish nothing but success for this author and this story and I am extremely excited for readers to get the chance to read this story. It is very different from a lot of books being published of late and I think it's uniqueness will be satisfying for a lot of you. To me, this is just one of those things where it was the wrong book for me at the wrong time. I'm not sure if I'd go solely off my experience when deciding to read this book because I think my problems with it are very individual to my reading experience. I really do hope those of you interested in this story pick it up and love it.


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