Review: Run, Riot by Nikesh Shukla

“No justice. No peace.”

Set in England, Run, Riot is a powerful and important read about gentrification, police brutality and young people standing up against the injustices that happen far too frequently while the people higher up are trying to cover them up.

Having read The Good Immigrant which Nikesh was the editor of, I just knew I had to get my hands on Run, Riot and I’m so glad I did because this book is outstanding and an absolute must-read.

I loved the time format. I could really feel the sense of urgency and desperation, and this certainly made me read this book quicker. The events in this book all take place within a night and though it’s not an easy read due to the topics it’s about it’s so worth it. The characters were developed wonderfully and I cared and worried so much about the teens and what will happen to them, and the writing itself kept me gripped.

Nikesh has wrote something powerful and unforgettable here, this book deserves so much attention and I would recommend it in a heartbeat. I often felt claustrophobic while reading this book, but in the best possible way and if you want a book that’ll stick with you long after reading it, Run, Riot is the one for you.

Thank you very much to Hodder Children’s Books (Hachette Children’s Group) via NetGalley for letting me have an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

Run, Riot will be published on June 14th and can be pre-ordered here.

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