Flying the coop

Lucinda Roy

Book - 2022

"Lucinda Roy continues the Dreambird Chronicles, her explosive first foray into speculative fiction, with Flying the Coop, the thought-provoking sequel to The Freedom Race. Dreams are promises your imagination makes to itself. In the Disunited States, no person of color--especially not a girl whose body reimagines flight--is safe. A quest for Freedom has brought former Muleseed Jellybean 'Ji-ji' Silapu to D.C., aka Dream City, the site of monuments and memorials--where, long ago, ...the most famous Dreamer of all time marched for the same cause. As Ji-ji struggles to come to terms with her shocking metamorphosis and her friends, Tiro and Afarra, battle formidable ghosts of their own, the former U.S. capital decides whose dreams it wants to invest in and whose dreams it will defer. The journeys the three friends take to liberate themselves and others will not simply defy the status quo, they will challenge the nature of reality itself. Book Two of the Dreambird Chronicles. The Dreambird Chronicles: The Freedom Race, Flying the Coop"--

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Series
Roy, Lucinda. Dreambird Chronicles ; bk. 2.
Subjects
Genres
Dystopian fiction
Science fiction
Published
New York : Tor, a Tom Doherty Associates Book 2022.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
x, 478 pages : maps ; 25 cm
ISBN
9781250809827
1250809827
Main Author
Lucinda Roy (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* The Freedom Race brought Ji-ji, Afarra, and Tiro to the legendary Dream City with hope that things would improve for them and their enslaved loved ones. Ji-ji, having sprouted impossible wings, must learn how to fly. Afarra encounters the sinister secessionist elements that lurk everywhere in the supposedly free city. Tiro, now a famous flyer in the Dreamfleet, struggles with substance dependence. When Ji-ji learns that her sister Charra might still be alive in the Madlands, she must choose whether to abandon allies in the Dream and risk potential support from the SuperStates for open rebellion in the Homestead Territories. Meanwhile, all signs point to the Secessionists planning a bold move of their own. This second volume in Roy's Dreambird Chronicles (after The Freedom Race, 2021) broadens the political scope of the narrative while keeping the focus on the three young protagonists. Ji-ji, Afarra, and Tiro encounter belligerence, violence, systematic oppression, deliberate ignorance, and death at nearly every turn. What carries them forward are seeds of hope, anger, and history and the belief that they can force change. With strong connections to current events and an unflinching look at how things could be, Flying the Coop is an essential read. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

With this follow-up to The Freedom Race, the multi-genre author Roy's first foray into speculative fiction, a search for Freedom brings former Muleseed Jellybean "Ji-ji" Silapu to the Dream City, formerly the U.S. capital. It's risky business—no person of color is safe in Ji-ji's world—but with her new-found ability to fly she and friends Tiro and Afarra, struggling to lay aside their own ghosts, could all find their dreams. With a 125,000-copy first printing. Copyright 2022 Library Journal.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

With this follow-up to The Freedom Race, the multi-genre author Roy's first foray into speculative fiction, a search for Freedom brings former Muleseed Jellybean "Ji-ji" Silapu to the Dream City, formerly the U.S. capital. It's risky business—no person of color is safe in Ji-ji's world—but with her new-found ability to fly she and friends Tiro and Afarra, struggling to lay aside their own ghosts, could all find their dreams. With a 125,000-copy first printing. Copyright 2022 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Roy packs a punch with this heart-wrenching sequel to The Freedom Race, set in a dystopian near-future America that has reinstituted slavery. The cost of freedom remains just as steep as in the first book, but the protagonists now have far more to lose if they fail. Ji-Ji Silapu has made it to the free Dream City. It's both exactly and nothing like she fantasized about back on Planting 437. To get there, she faked her own death, and now she relies on her friends, Tiro and Afarra, together with mentors, coaches, and trusted leaders of the abolition group Friends of Freedom, to keep herself hidden. Ji-Ji and Afarra adjust both to their new home and to Ji-Ji's newly sprouted wings in relative secrecy. But the more time they spend in Dream City, facing setbacks and disappointments, the more they realize that freedom isn't just a place, it's a movement, a process, and a story. When secessionists threaten the tenuous free status of Dream City, Ji-Ji must decide who she can trust and what her role will be in the coming revolution. As harrowing as it is gripping, this will leave readers anxiously awaiting the series finale. (July) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Struggling with her shocking metamorphosis while her friends battle their own demons, Ji-Ji embarks on a journey to liberate herself and defy the status quo in the second novel of the series following The Freedom Race. 125,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Lucinda Roy continues the Dreambird Chronicles, her explosive first foray into speculative fiction, with Flying the Coop, the thought-provoking sequel to The Freedom Race. Dreams are promises your imagination makes to itself. In the disunited states, noperson of color-especially not a girl whose body reimagines flight-is safe. A quest for Freedom has brought former Muleseed Jellybean "Ji-ji" Silapu to D.C., aka Dream City, the site of monuments and memorials-where, long ago, the most famous Dreamer of all time marched for the same cause. As Ji-ji struggles to come to terms with her shocking metamorphosis and her friends, Tiro and Afarra, battle formidable ghosts of their own, the former U.S. capital decides whose dreams it wants to invest in and whose dreams it will defer. The journeys the three friends take to liberate themselves and others will not simply defy the status quo, they will challenge the nature of reality itself. Book Two of the Dreambird Chronicles. The Dreambird Chronicles: The Freedom Race, Flying the Coop"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Lucinda Roy continues the Dreambird Chronicles, her explosive first foray into speculative fiction, with Flying the Coop, the thought-provoking sequel to The Freedom RaceDreams are promises your imagination makes to itself.In the disunited states, no person of color—especially not a girl whose body reimagines flight—is safe. A quest for Freedom has brought former Muleseed Jellybean “Ji-ji” Silapu to D.C., aka Dream City, the site of monuments and memorials—where, long ago, the most famous Dreamer of all time marched for the same cause.As Ji-ji struggles to come to terms with her shocking metamorphosis and her friends, Tiro and Afarra, battle formidable ghosts of their own, the former U.S. capital decides whose dreams it wants to invest in and whose dreams it will defer. The journeys the three friends take to liberate themselves and others will not simply defy the status quo, they will challenge the nature of reality itself.Book Two of the Dreambird ChroniclesThe Dreambird ChroniclesThe Freedom RaceFlying the Coop