Beyond Racism: Flicker and Mist

Beyond Racism: Flicker and Mist

A YA novel that lifts up the rock of racism to view it through the unusual lens of a dystopian world.

Haven’t each of us, at one time or another, wanted to disappear?

Flicker and Mist by Mary G. Thompson takes place in a dystopian society divided between the Plats and the Lefties. The bi-racial main character, Myra, born to a Plat father and a Leftie mother, has had to navigate the Plat prejudices and fears about the outlawed ability of some Lefties to “flicker” (become invisible at will) for her entire life. Just when she’s at last earned acceptance by the Plats, finding a best friend and even beginning a budding romance with a noble Plat boy, she accidentally discovers that she has also inherited the dreaded ability to flicker. And when she finds out another classmate has hidden his own talent to flicker for most of his life, she and her world will never be the same.

This novel looks beneath the themes of racial prejudice and confronts them head-on through Myra’s story. With a well-executed character-driven plot, Flicker and Mist utilizes many of the standard YA plot conventions–like a love triangle and a fantastic dystopian world–to drive its themes, but in a refreshing way.

If you love a strong character voice that contemplates timely topics, this book is for you.

Muchier Scale: 7 out of 10

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