Author: M.K. England
Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books
Publishing Date: January 21, 2020
Age Category & Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
From the author of The Disasters, this genre-bending YA fantasy heist story is perfect for fans of Marie Lu and Amie Kaufman.
In Kyrkarta, magic—known as maz—was once a freely available natural resource. Then an earthquake released a magical plague, killing thousands and opening the door for a greedy corporation to make maz a commodity that’s tightly controlled—and, of course, outrageously expensive.
Which is why Diz and her three best friends run a highly lucrative, highly illegal maz siphoning gig on the side. Their next job is supposed to be their last heist ever.
But when their plan turns up a powerful new strain of maz that (literally) blows up in their faces, they’re driven to unravel a conspiracy at the very center of the spellplague—and possibly save the world.
Spellhacker is riding on a magical substance called maz against the backdrop of scientific support so it does blend the two genres of fantasy and science-fiction very well. Portraying a diverse set of characters, from POCs to LGBTQ+, with a great intention and a normalized manner of pure existence instead of justification is commendable: lesbian, gay, non-binary characters along with the mention of brown skin and headwraps. Definitely a magnetic choice for those who love squad stories overlayed by a heist mission and its consequences, and set in a futuristic yet slightly dystopian world. However, the predictable plot and lack of surprising twists or revelations should be considered before picking it up.
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M.K. England is an author and YA librarian who grew up on the Space Coast of Florida and now callsrural Virginia home. When they’re not writing or librarianing, MK can be found drowning in fandom,rolling dice at the gaming table, digging inthe garden, or feeding their video game addiction. Theylove Star Wars with a desperate, heedless passion. It’s best if you never speak of Sherlock Holmes intheir presence. You’ll regret it.
THE DISASTERS is their debut novel.