Sunday, August 2, 2015
Lizard Radio is a frequency that only Kivali can hear and that makes her special. Kivali nicknamed Lizard is fifteen and being sent to CropCamp to learn and conform to society before she reaches adulthood. She's a bender, someone who doesn't fit neatly into a category of gender. The camp is strict and you must follow the rules or be expelled from society.
Lizard makes some good friends, experiences first love and has to decide if she is a leader or a follower. She doesn't know who to trust and must decipher carefully chosen truths. She must also come to terms with who she is and where she came from. She was abandoned as a baby and she was wearing T-shirt with a lizard on it.
Lizard Radio is dystopian fiction of the most intelligent kind. When you begin the book the reader and narrator have all sorts of questions which are intelligently answered slowly as the book progresses. There is a unique form to the language in the book and the uses of certain words make you think of what the author is trying to say. Schmatz is an excellent writer who paints a creative world with her words. The writing is poetic, lyrical and picturesque.
Lizard Radio is creative and intriguing. I promise you haven't read anything like it. The author sucks you in and holds tight as you devour the story. You will fall in love with the characters, Lizard, Rasta, Sully, and Nona. Lizard Radio is riveting and I think you're really going to like it.
Do yourself a favor and immerse yourself in a creative futuristic culture that is thought provoking.