It’s the year 93 O.O., and Dara Adeleye is a gifted artist living in the lower-class red vanes where igioyin—a devastating disease—can strike at any time, instantly draining the life force of its victims.
All Dara wants is to excel enough in school to get her friends and family out of the red vanes before igioyin claims them. But in a world shaped by the actions of Yoruba gods decades before she was born, destiny may have different plans for her . . .
Kristano Arvelo is a trazer—a graffiti writer of Dara’s time—from her hometown of Todirb Wall. The aimless leader of a local group of trazers, he may hold a key to unlocking Dara’s hidden gifts. But it will come at the cost of the future she believed was hers.
“Adegboyega-Edun’s first novel is a brilliant work of Afrofuturism: richly imagined, well plotted, and peopled with vivid characters . . . combines sf, orisha, and complexly drawn African teens in a stunning new work.” —Zara Rix, Booklist (The American Library Association)