Review: 27 Hours | Queer Teens Fighting Dragons in Space

I am well aware of the controversy surrounding this book. I’ve read a lot of negative reviews, but I also have read positive reviews. Still, I was really looking forward to reading this book and I am glad I did.

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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 friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother’s shadow, and to unlearn Epsilon’s darkest secret.

They’ll both have to commit treason to find the truth.

During one twenty-seven-hour night, if they can’t stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, the things they wish for will never come true, and the things they fear will be all that’s left.

27 Hours is a sweeping, thrilling story featuring a stellar cast of queer teenagers battling to save their homes and possibly every human on Sahara as the clock ticks down to zero.

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Let me just start off by saying that I really respect everyone’s opinion on the POC rep in this book, but I want to give my own opinion on some it. If you want to read more into these opinions, let me refer to this review, which explains everything clearly. The POC characters in this book were lowly developed concerning their ethical background. I completely understand how many POC readers are offended by this, but in my opinion, it does kind of make sense. I understand why Tristina Wright decided to do this. The five main characters of this book live in a colony on a different planet and have a 200-year separation between Earth’s culture and their own culture. The cultural background of the characters faded over many generations.

Nyx supposed that was the ultimate trade-off for exploring the cosmos. They’d gained the stars, but had lost the ground they came from. {Nyx thoughts on her cultural background}

Now that we got that over with, I loved the characters of this book. My favourites were Nyx, who is pansexual, in love with her best friend and Deaf, and Braeden, who is asexual and an amazing friend. I loved the way the relationships between the characters evolved and how some went from disliking each other to becoming friends. The characters were all very distinct and different from each other, they were well-developed and I cannot wait to follow them through more adventures.

“Fine, but when your arm falls off, don’t come crying to me.”
“I’ll just get a badass cyborg one with a gun built into the wrist compartment,” Nyx retorted.
“Smart ass,” he signed.
She stuck her tongue out at him.

I loved the diversity in sexual orientations and none of the main characters are straight. Nyx is pansexual, Dahlia is transgender and bisexual, Braeden is asexual (I think he’s also aromantic but it is not described in the book), Rumor is also bisexual and Jude is gay. I liked how it was not really about their sexual orientation, how it was just a given thing, but still, it explored their orientations quite well. I especially loved the asexual representation, because it is very rare to see accurate representation in a book. As someone who identifies as asexual, I think I can say it was relatively well done, it was not perfect, but perfection is a hard thing to do when it comes to representation. I also LOVED the Deaf representation and the pansexual representation, because those are hard to find as well.

A thing that bothered me a little throughout the book had nothing to do with the diversity or representation. I found it quite hard to keep track of where the characters were in the story. There was a lot happening and there was constant action, but I found it hard to picture where they were. I think that adding a bit more description between the action and dialogue would have really helped me.

Is that where they were now? Not moving. Not going forward. Not backward. Just trying to make it in the now. Hunkering down until the latest storm passed and they could count their dead. Watching the clock until the next dayside. Until those twin suns peered from behind the giant planet in the sky and something resembling peace counted down to nightside.

Despite some things that were less good, I really enjoyed this first book in a new sci-fi series. I think that in the next book, a lot of these issues can be improved and the world can be more developed. I loved the characters and seeing their relationships develop more really excites me. I am giving this book 4 stars because it isn’t perfect, but it’s a great start! I would definitely recommend this book, but to be aware of the controversy surrounding it and the possibly problematic content concerning the POCs and colonial perspective.

“Don’t you dare die, or I’ll resurrect you and beat your ass.”

27 Hours by Tristina Wright comes out on October 3rd, you can find it here on goodreads.

13 thoughts on “Review: 27 Hours | Queer Teens Fighting Dragons in Space

  1. Great review! I was just writing my most anticipated October releases blog post and I’ve put this on the list. I actually wasn’t aware of the controversy around this book so thanks for bringing that to my attention. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed this though because it does sound really interesting!

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  2. I’m curious about the good asexual rep. Because I’m curious about how you’d even do that, because… well, what kind of situations you’d talk about. Because if you’re not talking about romantic situations, asexual is just the same as everyone else, you know? I wonder what situations you’d need to write to expose this particular sexuality (BTW, I’ve wondered about whether I’m ace or not, so even if I’m not I can understand where aces are coming from). You got any other good recs, possibly not YA? (Although you probably mostly read YA, right)

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    1. To be honest, I read your comment a few days ago and it’s taken me that long to come up with an answer. It’s hard, even for me to describe what good asexual rep is like. If it were aromantic rep, I’d be able to give you a list of things I find important, but asexual… I don’t really know. What is most important is, which is often not done, to make a distinction between romantic attraction and sexual attraction. I don’t experience either so for me it is also hard to be able to make a real distinction between them. An alloromantic asexual character can still have romantic feelings but not sexual feelings. However, often the two are mixed up or intertwined and the author does not describe them as two different things. Sometimes asexual characters say they are not interested in sex (which is not always the case with asexuals). It is just really hard for me to tell you how it should be done right because I am aromantic asexual, and not asexual alone. For me the both are intertwined and I think for alloromantic asexuals, they want to see something else represented, than I do.
      I hope I helped you a little, sorry for being this vague. I wish I could give you a great definition or list of how to write asexual rep but the thing is, I am not that sure either.
      I have yet to come across a book that really has great asexual representation, but I have a list on goodreads with aro/ace rep books: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/11966043-lia?shelf=ace
      I really hope you figure out what you feel comfortable identifying with, if you want to talk more you can always contact me!

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      1. I see! I know what you mean, if you don’t experience that then it’s obviously hard to relate 🙂 thanks for thinking in depth about this! Huh, I guess I don’t really know much about asexuals then, maybe I should look into it. Romantic attraction minus the sexual attraction is kind of like… at least from my perspective I think that it’s mostly to do with warmth, snuggling, cuddling. That’s the main thing I’m geared for anyway, my kind of love. I would pretty much not need anything else. But I can see how it would be hard to separate. I don’t think there is black and white here either, maybe it’s more like some people aren’t sexually geared at all, then some are a little, maybe? Thanks, I’ll check out that book list for sure 🙂

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      2. Yeah definitely, there are a lot of gradations between allosexual and asexual and same for romanticism, and people all experience things differently. I think your idea of romantic attraction is definitely what I would describe romantic attraction as. You’re welcome 🙂

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