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  1. says:

    I hope to someday write a elouent thoughtful review but here are my preliminary thoughtsSet in dystopian Canada we follow a ueer femme drag performer who is Jamaican Filipino Massive floods brought upon by environmental degradation left the majority of the population homeless jobless and starving And some powerful white man seizes the opportunity to herald an oppressive regime where Others ie marginalized groups are sent to labor camps in the service of True CanadiansWhile this book dauntlessly takes on the oppression faced by many marginalized groups eg POC and Indigenous Muslims ueers people with disabilities there is definitely a heavy concentration on race and specifically Blackness And I'll admit that I felt uncomfortable about the intense exploration of Blackness when the author is a non Black person of color I truly wholeheartedly believe that this is outside of her lane and that the author should have written a main character who is reflective of her identityAt the same time however I don't want to completely dismiss the merits of this book I do think that Crosshairs is a good book and that the story it tells is timely important and above all frightening because of the many parallels between this dystopian society and the world we currently live in Considering the state of politics in my own country and in many countries around the world it isn't too hard to imagine a world where labor camps are reintroduced people below the poverty line are killed without much thought and people of color suffer the brunt of the discriminationHere are the things that I liked about this book📌 The exploration of culture and dynamics within Filipino communities is limited but I did really appreciate the acknowledgment of anti Blackness within our culture and among our people There is a lot of anti Black sentiments within many Asian cultures and Filipinos are not an exception to this wrongness📌 The portrayal of and emphasis on intersectionality One of the most powerful messages that Crosshairs repeats throughout its story is the safety net white ueers have that are unavailable to ueer people of color In this fascist regime white ueers have the privilege to stay closeted in order to protect themselves from harm whereas ueer people of color do not have the liberty to change erase or hide their skin color This leaves the latter as the most vulnerable to state sanctioned violence As I mentioned earlier this book heavily concentrates on racism and to reduce Crosshairs to a story about ueer resilience is a complete dismissal of its major message📌 The way unlearning and true allyship are portrayed in this book is at times heavy handed but ultimately brutally frank and realistic I particularly appreciated the emphasis of needing to unlearn every single day📌 The drag scenes And the friendships between and among the drag performers📌 I liked that this was not set in the United States because that seems to be the go to setting of most dystopian civilizations although the United States is also involved in introducing and maintaining this fascist regime📌 In line with this this book challenges the popular notion of Canada being a paradise that's free of discrimination and prejudice I particularly liked how it brought attention to the issues faced by Indigenous peoples📌 The use of sensitivity readers According to the author's acknowledgments she assembled a team of artist colleagues who represent various community including Disabled Black Brown Indigenous Muslim ueer Trans and Deaf identified folks While this does not necessarily guarantee authentic representation it does alleviate some of my discomforts However it is not my place to discern whether these measures are enough or whether the final outcome is respectful to other marginalized groups especially to the Black community Although the main character is part Filipino I do not consider myself an #ownvoices reviewer for Crosshairs because Kay makes it clear that she considers herself to be Black than Filipino I will in turn contact the publisher and reuest that they give advanced reading copies into the hands of #ownvoices Black reviewers I'll definitely link #ownvoices reviews here once I find anyWith all that said if you do consider giving this novel a try I highly encourage you to check out the content and trigger warnings see below and to ensure that you're in the right headspace before diving in Recommended with caution Content warningsview spoilerprejudice violence systemic oppression and microaggressions targeted towards all marginalized groups; labor camps; deadnaming; use of racial and lgbt slurs including references to the N word without spelling it out; forced sterilization off page; pedophilia and sexual exploitation of a child; loss of loved ones; torture; depictions of grief hide spoiler


  2. says:

    This sounds like an incredibly difficult read but oh my god the premise could not be timelyI WANT


  3. says:

    I often feel inadeuate with writing reviews but especially with this one Please go easy on my mush brain and understand how precious and important this title is to me to ueer folx to the most marginalized and vulnerable in Canadian society Crosshairs is everything that LGBTIA people fear and everything we hope for This dystopian Canada felt close to home and uncomfortably possible Labour camps degradation and dehumanization mass murder of BIPOC and ueer folx But also some examples of systemic oppression with which we're already familiar Forced sterilization of Indigenous women denial of treaty rights and hereditary land stewardship authority racism within the ueer community anti Blackness within white and non white PoC communities These things do happen these things that should belong only in a dystopian novel These things that happen all the time but should be unimaginable It's a world that represents a nightmare for me and a dream for politicians like Mike Pence and Maxime Bernier Consider trigger warnings of child molestation murder enslavement hate crimes and slurs against racial and religious minorities and LGBTIA folx etc before picking this up Every kind of abuse of power at the expense of those most vulnerable due to marginalization and systemic structural violence We know their rhetoric already Keep an eye out for lazy immigrants who take away opportunities for the true Canadians Can't you just hear your dadgrandpabossneighbourpolitical candidate saying those words? A world where this sentiment this fear and hatred of the Other is manifested into very real horrors for those deemed abnormal Yet this vision of rich diversity agency and powerful allyship represented is what we dream of White ueers and straight allies acknowledging their privilege in a world that hones in on visible difference first Their privilege of passing as 'acceptable' in a dangerous world yet still these characters rise to the occasion and defend their brothers and sisters without expectation of recognition There are some powerful lines I will repeat to myself their mantra of active allyship without performance or virtue signaling BIPOC ueer folx fighting back against oppressors who want to stomp them into the ground Crosshairs is a book that champions and celebrates many kinds of intersectional diversity in the land known now as Canada Indigenous Black South Asian gay lesbian trans ueer Muslim disabled introvert drag ueen A rainbow mosaic of beauty and love I don't think I can coherently say how good it felt despite the horrors of the Renovation and the trauma experienced by the characters to read a book that was so confidently naturally jubilantly intersectional of every kind If you can stomach the subject matter this is not to be missed A warning yes A book with horrific violence and foreboding images of a possible future But also a love letter a coming out a memorial a celebration Every kind of amazing


  4. says:

    A cautionary tale set in the near future in Toronto Canada this novel draws on contemporary politics to remind us of the fragility of freedom that is how uickly the rhetoric of othering can cross the line into actions of othering A powerful far right group in Toronto uses a climate catastrophe as the pretext for establishing work settlements for “The Others” that is the disabled people of colour and members of the LGBT2S community that in reality are extermination camps The novel is at its best when it is looking back in time to that moment when so many including those the government will label “Other” failed to heed the warning signs of a fast encroaching fascist regime because they are either too wrapped up in the everyday struggle to survive or too committed to denial that they ignored what was happening around them As ueen Kay a ueer black performer who first must hide and then learn how to fight back recalls “We shrugged our shoulders each time a restaurant refused us service delightfully held hands and tried our luck elsewhere We wove through countless protest marches and political demonstrations to catch a movie only to be told in not so many words that we were no longer allowed in such spaces so we would shrug our shoulders again head home and make love” Like so many ueen Kay did not see the danger until it was too late until she was forced into hiding until she had to find within herself once again the belief that she deserved to live because the government with each humiliation stole her hard won identity and self esteem This was not the first time that ueen Kay had experienced devastating humiliation and torture; the first time was at the hands of her mother and the religious community that she had joined “My mother my own mother filled a glass with water from the tap My own mother did not look at me as the zip tied my hands behind the chair poked and prodded me My own mother shut her face off shut her body off” as they threw holy water in his face and screamed at him to repent” It is a subtle reminder of the ambiguous line that separates perpetrator from bystander from victim For his mother who once victimized him also belongs to the world of the Others that the provincial government is now systematically exploiting and killing Similarly while the race dimension is front and centre in this story of repression and genocide we see how the categories that separate “Other” from so called true Canadian is both porous and arbitrary The reader sees the female “Boot” officer who is in fact of Iranian heritage who hides behind the uniform while persecuting others of her same heritage We see how poor whites although seemingly safe from the government’s campaign of genocide are in fact just one step away from being othered as well We see this when we discover Beck’s elderly parents living on a farm where the animals are all dead and there is no fresh water to be had Their skin colour only gives them a limited amount of protection for this genocidal campaign is also a class war in which the rich succeed in exploiting the poor whites by championing racism xenophobia and homophobia There were times in this novel when I thought that the author should have made these themes explicit But after much thought I realized that the subtlety with which they are presented is what makes this seemingly fantastical dystopian novel so powerful and eerily realistic If they were explicit their ability to lure so many of us into a false sense of security would not be so greatI would like to thank the author the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review


  5. says:

    CW transphobia homophobia assault CROSSHAIRS floored me Catherine Hernandez is a brilliant and powerful writer who brings this dystopian society to life It follows Kay a Black drag ueen who’s on the run after the extremist faction of government in the lands currently known as Toronto and Canada have put their racist discriminatory fascist beliefs into law Kay has been on the run for months hiding out with his friend Liv who’s part of the Resistance Kay eventually has to run again after Liv informs him that Toronto isn’t safe and he gets picked up by a white Resistance member named Beck Along the way we also meet Bahadur and countless other Brown Black and ueer folks who have been on the run and are fighting back against this oppressive regime taking over taking over the world There are some hefty trigger warnings for this but Hernandez is an important voice and tells these stories respectfully and with the fire that they deserve She addresses labor issues capitalism imperialism colonialism the hatred of “Others” that we are all too familiar with in 2020 She brings up Indigenous identity alongside Black and ueer characters and the true intersectionality of this book is a work of art in and of itself I suppose sometimes it’s a bit obvious that she’s trying to be intentionally inclusive and diverse but to be honest I think that’s what it takes in literature We need to be blatant and intentional with who’s getting portrayed in texts so we normalize inclusivity and intersectionality so I not only understand why Hernandez does this I think it works and illustrates her message perfectly Now plot wise I wouldn’t say there’s anything completely unexpected The dystopian world Hernandez creates has workhouses read concentration camps a segment of extremists who are limiting the rights and ending lives of “Others” another segment of the population comprised of Others and allies who’s revolting against the oppression It doesn’t necessarily have any characteristics we haven’t seen before in other dystopian novels with the glaring and fundamental exception of the truly inclusive nature of this story and its characters But the fact that this world doesn’t feel surprising is actually one of the most remarkable things about Hernandez’ skill as a writer she has successfully extrapolated our current situations human rights abuses political power and greed of the wealthy and corporations racist sexist homophobic transphobic policies and people to dystopian Toronto and it feels eerily close to what we could all imagine happening if we don’t do something CROSSHAIRS compels us to sit in whatever privilege we might have listen to other voices reflect on our role in perpetuating oppressive systems and what people not from our own communities are saying and experiencing and then act Avoiding the realities portrayed in CROSSHAIRS will take an act of revolution and Hernandez doesn’t just bring that revolution to life for us it feels like she’s making a prediction for usThank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy


  6. says:

    Thanks to Atria Books for the free advance copy of this book Review to come


  7. says:

    Crosshairs is a startling riveting dystopian novel that exposes just how closely our world aligns with the fascist regime depicted in this story I was thoroughly riveted by this book and the story is heart pounding and compelling throughout Some parts of the bookdialogue was a bit heavy handed but they were extremely informative and I learned from them I also found the ending to be a bit abrupt but still inspiring Overall this is a thrilling dystopian novel that carries an important message that must be heard CW for transphobia racial lgbt slurs systemic violence and oppression hate crimes genocide deadnaming sterilization pedophilia torture loss of loved ones depictions of grief Crosshairs is a worthwhile read but tread lightly if you have similar experiences to the characters and their storiesI received a digital ARC from Atria Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


  8. says:

    Another sorry tale from HernandezHernandez' Scarborough pressed every SJW button oppressed minority characters check; bad usually white people check; all minority characters are saintly check What happens with Scarborough is that the book suffers from the very stereotyping that Hernandez rails against The characters are merely cardboard cutouts by which to ruminate on oppression rather than to do anything about it The blame game gets really stale really fastAnd this book follows suit Right from the outset where the main character identifies themself as a ueer femme Jamaican Filipino man Okay it's good to have under represented groups as heroic But we're not in for a story; we're in for a lesson about the rightness of identity politics because identity politics is where it's at One or two oppressed categories won't do; you need Hernandez gives us a four fer with KayBut what is immediately risible about this beyond the box checking is the next line describing Kay Anne Frank minus the diary That Hernandez uses Frank as a joke sombreness notwithstanding is cause enough for dismay That her fictional creation might somehow parallel a young woman who was ruthlessly murdered along with six million others is simply contemptible But of course this is Hernandez's dystopia so she might as well borrow gravitas from real life since her book can't earn it on its own And just in case you didn't get the Holocaust connection a character soon chimes in with Through our work our nation prospers O shades of Arbeit macht freiNext up bad people In a really expository and stagey set up we get the why of it mouthed by Khalil who is evidently not who he is on a podcast but a Bad Person because he is white and Christian The narrator can't see Khalil but somehow knows Bad Khalil It appears that Hernandez draws upon the white Christian evangelicals that are so common in the US and are most often Trump supporters and indeed they're fair game But to stereotype other people in the same way your protagonists have been stereotyped is a zero sum game It's a race to the bottom to see who is most oppressed so that those people can claim a moral high ground This is the outcome of any identity politics anti racist or not Such politics seek not to create an euitable world but to turn the tablesWe then find out that Kay is also a drag ueen A five fer They have a friend whose dog is named Sedgewick Get it? Get it? Eve Sedgwick one of the foremost theorists of ueerness And so on And on and on The biggest joke? The Canadian government has turned into a dictatorship Really The Canadian government I laughed The American government yes and Atwood handled that really well in The Handmaid's Tale But Canada? No Uh uh Ain't gonna happen Yes rights are fragile things and I suppose that Hernandez wants to drive home the point that it could happen in Canada Canada's record on its treatment of Indigenous peoples and people of colour is horrible But the trajectory of the Canadian nation in terms of general rights for minorities has been progressive and remains soAs in her earlier book to be noble in Hernandez' world means to be Black or Muslim or trans And I'm not listing these to make fun of them; these people have suffered bigotry and still do But Hernandez actually enumerates her characters in this fashion as they are merely cardboard cutouts paraded across the stage in order to display their oppression The irony is that Hernandez robs them of their humanity How can you be even fictively human when all you are in the fiction is a trope? The stereotyping is endlessly fraughtThe book is someone's wet fantasy about how to speak from oppression and little else Does racism exist on Turtle Island? It certainly does Is enough being done about it especially the TRC? No not even close Rights are fragile things at the best of times and euity is a serious issue that needs dire attentionBut wasting time reading books like this won't advance anyone's agenda The book's real sin is in its smugness a self satisfaction underscored by its corrosive identitarian certaintiesYou want to read an interesting book about people of colour in Toronto? Pick up Nola Hopkinson's Brown Girl in the Ring Or even Dionne Brand's What We All Long For Or anything by Gwen Benaway Or David Chariandy Or Carrianne Leung Didier LeClair's wonderful This Country of Mine Rabindranath Maharaj's delightful piaresue The Amazing Absorbing Boy Anything but this


  9. says:

    Where do I even begin with “Crosshairs” one of the most uniue troubling and timely dystopian novels I have ever read? This novel is a love letter to ueer culture and wake up call for white cisgender folks This novel will make you check your privilege “Crosshairs” is set in the not too distant future in which the environmental crisis has caused rampant flooding across Canada and Toronto causing homelessness and mass devastation Meanwhile Canada’s government has moved to the far right aligning with a corporate force “The Boots” to round up people of colour the disabled and ueer folks into government sanctioned labour camps The descent into oppression is subtle incremental and finally outright violent Drag ueen Kay is in hiding and uickly finds their way into the resistance discovering other marginalized folks and allies along the way This book is so wonderfully written Hernandez is an amazing writer lyrical and sharp and in your face I loved the story and I loved the ending but omg I want I need to know what happens does the uprising work? Given the state of the world right now YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK It’s easy to read something like this and dismiss it as mere fiction but this kind of shit already fucking happens And not just in the US although Canadians love to pretend that’s the case This kind of hatred bigotry willful ignorance and ability to marginalize torment other and enact violence is woven into the very fabric of this white settler colonial nation we call Canada Anything that happens in this book is tough and shocking but it’s based on what has come before and what COULD happen if white folks don’t wake the fuck up and begin to do THE WORK This is one of the best and important Canadian novels I have read in years Please read it


  10. says:

    It was clear as day what we marched for We marched because we deserved to live”⁣⁣⁣⁣Trigger warnings ⁣⁣Labor Camps⁣⁣GenocideTransphobiaHomophobia ⁣⁣Racial and LGBT slurs⁣⁣Sexual Assault⁣⁣Systemic Oppression by marginalized groups ⁣⁣⁣⁣Set in a terrifyingly dystopian near future Canada Toronto with massive floods leading to rampant homelessness and devastation a government sanctioned regime called The Boots seizes on the opportunity to round up communities of color the disabled and the LGBT into labor camps⁣⁣⁣⁣Catherine Hernandez the author of Scarborough weaves an unforgettable and timely dystopian raw tale about a near future where a ueer Black performer and his allies join forces to rise up when an oppressive regime gathers those deemed “Other” into concentration camps⁣⁣⁣⁣This was a fierce read uncomfortable at times for a reader but an important read considering some countries in regards to politics and the LGBTIA community⁣⁣⁣⁣Loved the drag culture and depictions mentioned in the book the resistance shown by the LGBT community the allyship and flashbacks leading up to the revolution⁣⁣⁣⁣Mark your calendar for December 08 2020 and THANK YOU to atriabooks for the gifted eARC


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Free download Ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ¶ Catherine Hernandez

The author of the acclaimed novel Scarborough weaves an unforgettable and timely dystopian tale about a near future where a ueer Black performer and his allies join forces to rise up when an oppressive regime gathers those deemed “Other” into concentration campsSet in a terrifyingly familiar near future with massive floods leading to rampant homelessness and devastation a government sanctioned regime calle This sounds like an incredibly difficult read but oh my god the premise could not be timelyI WANT

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D The Boots seizes on the opportunity to round up communities of color the disabled and the LGBT into labor camps In the shadows a new hero emerges After he loses his livelihood as a drag ueen and the love of his life Kay joins the resistance alongside Bahadur a transmasculine refugee and Firuzeh a headstrong social worker Guiding them in the use of weapons and close uarters combat is Beck a rogue army officer CW transphobia homophobia assault CROSSHAIRS floored me Catherine Hernandez is a brilliant and powerful writer who brings this dystopian society to life It follows Kay a Black drag ueen who’s on the run after the extremist faction of government in the lands currently known as Toronto and Canada have put their racist discriminatory fascist beliefs into law Kay has been on the run for months hiding out with his friend Liv who’s part of the Resistance Kay eventually has to run again after Liv informs him that Toronto isn’t safe and he gets picked up by a white Resistance member named Beck Along the way we also meet Bahadur and countless other Brown Black and ueer folks who have been on the run and are fighting back against this oppressive regime taking over taking over the world There are some hefty trigger warnings for this but Hernandez is an important voice and tells these stories respectfully and with the fire that they deserve She addresses labor issues capitalism imperialism colonialism the hatred of “Others” that we are all too familiar with in 2020 She brings up Indigenous identity alongside Black and ueer characters and the true intersectionality of this book is a work of art in and of itself I suppose sometimes it’s a bit obvious that she’s trying to be intentionally inclusive and diverse but to be honest I think that’s what it takes in literature We need to be blatant and intentional with who’s getting portrayed in texts so we normalize inclusivity and intersectionality so I not only understand why Hernandez does this I think it works and illustrates her message perfectly Now plot wise I wouldn’t say there’s anything completely unexpected The dystopian world Hernandez creates has workhouses read concentration camps a segment of extremists who are limiting the rights and ending lives of “Others” another segment of the population comprised of Others and allies who’s revolting against the oppression It doesn’t necessarily have any characteristics we haven’t seen before in other dystopian novels with the glaring and fundamental exception of the truly inclusive nature of this story and its characters But the fact that this world doesn’t feel surprising is actually one of the most remarkable things about Hernandez’ skill as a writer she has successfully extrapolated our current situations human rights abuses political power and greed of the wealthy and corporations racist sexist homophobic transphobic policies and people to dystopian Toronto and it feels eerily close to what we could all imagine happening if we don’t do something CROSSHAIRS compels us to sit in whatever privilege we might have listen to other voices reflect on our role in perpetuating oppressive systems and what people not from our own communities are saying and experiencing and then act Avoiding the realities portrayed in CROSSHAIRS will take an act of revolution and Hernandez doesn’t just bring that revolution to life for us it feels like she’s making a prediction for usThank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy Plague Harvest you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy

Free download Ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ¶ Catherine Hernandez

Who helps them plan an uprising at a major televised international event With her signature “raw yet beautiful disturbing yet hopeful” Booklist prose Catherine Hernandez creates a vision of the future that is all the frightening because it is very possible A cautionary tale filled with fierce and vibrant characters Crosshairs explores the universal desire to thrive love and be loved for being your true se Crosshairs is a startling riveting dystopian novel that exposes just how closely our world aligns with the fascist regime depicted in this story I was thoroughly riveted by this book and the story is heart pounding and compelling throughout Some parts of the bookdialogue was a bit heavy handed but they were extremely informative and I learned from them I also found the ending to be a bit abrupt but still inspiring Overall this is a thrilling dystopian novel that carries an important message that must be heard CW for transphobia racial lgbt slurs systemic violence and oppression hate crimes genocide deadnaming sterilization pedophilia torture loss of loved ones depictions of grief Crosshairs is a worthwhile read but tread lightly if you have similar experiences to the characters and their storiesI received a digital ARC from Atria Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review