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Crosshairs

Catherine Hernandez

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Kay, a Black drag queen, must evade and resist the government's concentration camps for queer and diverse communities. This revolutionary and triumphant dystopian expertly draws out the societal injustices of the west, and lays a path for communities and their allies to overthrow the system.

The author of the acclaimed novel Scarborough weaves an unforgettable and timely dystopian tale about a near-future, where a queer Black performer and his allies join forces to rise up when an oppressive regime gathers those deemed "Other" into concentration camps.

Set in a terrifyingly familiar near-future, 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 LGBTQ+ into labour camps.

In the shadows, a new hero emerges. After he loses his livelihood as a drag queen 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-quarters combat is Beck, a rogue army officer, 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 more 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 self.

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Praise for Crosshairs

  • A beautiful, unapologetic, and unwatered-down...dystopian [novel] that holds a sobering mirror up to our own world - New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu

  • Hernandez takes a scathing look at discrimination and capitalism in her disturbingly familiar look at Western culture - Publishers Weekly

  • Compelling and unnerving, Crosshairs is a phenomenal literary achievement - Ms. Magazine

  • A mindful cautionary tale written with an intentionality that allows for a fully fleshed-out, multifaceted story to emerge - The Mary Sue

  • This cautionary tale is truly riveting - HelloGiggles

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