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Each of Us A Desert (Blog Tour)

Hey everyone! Today is another blog tour – a fantastic novel, Each of Us A Desert by Mark Oshiro. This tour is hosted by Coloured Pages and I received an Arc, but that in no way has affected my opinions on this book.

From the award-winning author Mark Oshiro comes a powerful fantasy novel about finding home and falling in love amidst the dangers of a desert where stories come to life.

Xochital is destined to wander the desert alone, speaking her troubled village’s stories into its arid winds. Her only companions are the blessed stars above and enimagic lines of poetry magically strewn across dusty dunes.

Her one desire: to share her heart with a kindred spirit.

One night, Xo’s wish is granted—in the form of Emilia, the cold and beautiful daughter of the town’s murderous mayor. But when the two set out on a magical journey across the desert, they find their hearts could be a match… if only they can survive the nightmare-like terrors that arise when the sun goes down.

Fresh off of Anger Is a Gift’s smashing success, Oshiro branches out into a fantastical direction with their new YA novel, The Stars Around Us.

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Mark Oshiro is the author of Anger is a Gift (Tor Teen), winner of the 2019 Schneider Family Book Award and nominated for a 2019 Lammy Award (in the LGBTQ Children’s/Young Adult category). Upcoming novels include Each of Us a Desert (Tor Teen), a YA Fantasy novel out September 15, 2020, and The Insiders (Harper Collins), an MG Contemporary with magical elements out Fall 2021. When they are not writing, crying on camera about fictional characters for their online Mark Does Stuff universe, or traveling, Mark is busy trying to fulfill their lifelong goal: to pet every dog in the world. 

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My Views:

This book was very beautifully written and though I did find it a bit slow in the beginning, it did manage to capture my attention quite early on.

Although I don’t understand Spanish, it was interesting to see it being used widely. There was always some context so I could follow the story but it helped me connect with the character’s heritage in the sense that I think language is an integral part of culture and when trying to market a book to a population that may not understand the language, it is neglected. However, this book did not do so and it made a huge difference for me.

Following Xochitl, a young girl who runs from the city she live in, Empalme. In the story she tries to figure out the truth and confronts many of her prejudices and barriers. There was an immense character growth which I really appreciated.

The world building was also fantastic. I loved the descriptions and how they successfully managed to create this harsh world where water was scarce and land was burned.

I also really liked the relationship between Emilia and Xochitl and how it was more focused on the friendship than the relationship. The normalisation of queer relationships was another aspect that made me happy. They’re just so wonderful together and I loved the sweet moments of happiness that were scattered in the book.

Favourite Quotes:

‘Because while I missed home, I knew I had left for the most important reason of all: to become myself.’

“I believed in myself despite everything that told me not to. Is that really so bad?”

That’s it for today. Have you read this book? Have you read any other books by Mark Oshiro? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments below!


3 thoughts on “Each of Us A Desert (Blog Tour)

  1. Lovely review Jayati 🥰♥️ I’m so glad you enjoyed the book. I love what you’ve mentioned about how as a reader it helped for you to connect the wide use of Spanish to the character’s culture ♥️

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