December 11, 2020

#BookReview: The Names We Take by Trace Kerr






Synopsis: Never leave someone behind: it’s a promise easier made than kept, especially when seventeen-year-old Pip takes the headstrong twelve-year-old Iris under her protection in the wake of an earth-shattering plague. 

After an unspeakable tragedy, the duo must navigate the nearly unrecognizable remains of Spokane, facing roving slave traders, merciless gangs―and worse. Pip and Iris soon meet Fly, a stubborn and courageous older girl, and as the three grow closer and their circumstances grow more perilous, they must also grapple with their own identities in this cruel new world. Pip’s vow to never leave someone behind may have made survival more difficult for her, but this promise could also be the key to finding meaning in the ashes of what came before.



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My Review: This was an interesting blend of contemporary and post-apocalyptic story with a blend of LGBT!  It was the perfect combination that I was looking for!  The characters had great dynamics between them and the family they created.  Take a stand and find out who you are and fight the things you care about.  It had a real feel of the goonies and I loved every bit of it. 


Review

The Names We Take has it all: unforgettable characters, post-apocalyptic adventure, and a queer love story. There’s even a battle with a tiger! Trace Kerr is an exciting new voice in YA.

-- Nora Olsen, Frenemy of the People

The dynamics between the protagonist and supporting cast are what make this book such a fascinating read. It’s the story of the family forged when people take a stand and fight for who they are.

-- Meagan Kimberley ― The Lesbrary

Unrelentingly fierce. Kerr’s novel is a gut punch in all the best ways. I ached for Pip, a girl desperate to live as herself in a ravaged, unforgiving city. Her quest for safety and belonging may be set in a post-apocalyptic world, but it’s 100% relatable. Forced to choose between identity and survival, love and friendship, Pip―like all of us―must decide when to fight for herself and when to stand up for someone else. Devastating and hopeful, Pip’s urgency pulses off the page.

-- Meagan Macvie, The Ocean in My Ears

About the Author

Debut author, Trace Kerr (she/her) is a lifelong Pacific Northwesterner who never uses an umbrella when it rains. When she’s not prowling the shelves of indie bookstores in Spokane, she co-hosts the Brain Junk podcast and writes books about undaunted queer teens and magic. Trace is a former bookfair coordinator and a published short-story author. The Names We Takeis her first novel. Follow her on Twitter at @teakerr or online at www.TraceKerr.com.










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