There’s a lot of emotion involved in The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf. So much so that I’m really not sure how much I want to read it. Something about leaving the best friend to die just really left me feeling awful and I haven’t even read the novel yet. I just don’t feel up to the emotional turmoil of it and I’ve stopped reading many a book series because I had a rough time with such things. That’s not to say, of course, that I think this book isn’t worth reading or that it is bad in any way. In fact, from what I can tell from the synopsis it sounds like an exceptional book. Not only is there mental illness representation as well as diversity. The story discusses an incredibly important and devastating moment in history. And these are definitely things that make a book worth picking up. I just have a feeling that this would be rough for me.
Following the nightmareish events of the race riots in 1969, for a young girl with pretty severe OCD–manifesting itself in the form of a djinn who regularly threatens her mother’s death–who finds herself in the thick of the horror of the night and all because she’d gone out to see a movie. And as her mother has gone to help deal with the vast number of bodies that have began to build up, Melati is left to navigate through the horrors and her OCD all on her own.
What are your thoughts on this novel? Is it going to end up on your TBR? Are you going to pass it up? Let me know in the comments!