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A Song Below Water, SFFBookClub 

One of the things I liked was the way Morrow incorporated natural hair styling and care into the story in a significant way: Tavia following a style vlogger for natural haircare tips, being frustrated that her non-Black peers don't understand Black hair and beauty culture; Effie wearing a different natural style suitable for regular swimming. It's her hair and skin that are the first parts of her to show signs of her true form.

A Song Below Water, SFFBookClub 

The importance of natural hair care for Black women as part of Black cultural identity, as well as the way in which Effie's hair came alive as part of her transformation reminded me a little of the Binti stories, in which there is also culturally significant hair care routines and science fictional transformations of hair into living/communicating/sensing organs.

A Song Below Water, SFFBookClub 

@dzshuniper Do you recommend? It sounds like my kind of story (I loved the Binti books).

A Song Below Water, SFFBookClub 

@pelagikat The genre is slightly different from the Binti books - it's YA fantasy rather than science fiction pitched at adult readers - but if you're okay with that then I would recommend it, yes. I thought the characters and relationship dynamics were really well drawn. The background to the magic/fantasy elements was a bit thin, but they were being used to explore some serious social and political issues.

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