Synopsis on Goodreads:
An incendiary and utterly compelling thriller with a shocking twist that delves deep into the heart of institutionalized racism, from an exceptional new YA voice.
Welcome to Niveus Private Academy, where money paves the hallways, and the students are never less than perfect. Until now. Because anonymous texter, Aces, is bringing two students’ dark secrets to light.
Talented musician Devon buries himself in rehearsals, but he can’t escape the spotlight when his private photos go public. Head girl Chiamaka isn’t afraid to get what she wants, but soon everyone will know the price she has paid for power.
Someone is out to get them both. Someone who holds all the aces. And they’re planning much more than a high-school game…
Book Name – Ace of Spades | Author – Faridah Abike-Iyimide | Release Date – June 10, 2021 | Publisher – Usborne | Page Count – 470 | Book Edition – Paperback | Genres – Mystery, thriller and young adult
Ace of Spades is an amazing blend of thrilling vibes, suspenseful drama, and of course great rep. I think it is an outstanding debut novel and I can’t wait to read more from Faridah and all her upcoming books!
The book starts with the Investiture Ceremony of two black kids studying in the prestigious Niveus Private Academy, Devon Richards, and Chiamaka Adebayo. Chiamaka is a rich and popular girl whereas Devon is a scholarship kid and not-so-popular. They have been selected as senior class prefects and now are running for valedictorian. After running high on the success of being the class prefects, that’s when Aces pops up and they start sending anonymous text messages, gradually revealing dark and dangerous secrets about Devon and Chiamaka. In the beginning, the messages seemed harmless and like a silly prank but now they might jeopardize their futures completely. But, who the hell these Aces exactly are?
Devon and Chiamaka vow to do whatever it takes them to bring Aces down.
Oh my god! This book was a wild chase and I loved every bit of it. With two main black and LGBT characters and the concept of hunting down the Aces who have been spreading humor, piqued my interest in the book to another level. The suspense thriller is one of my most loved genres and Ace of Spades ticked all the boxes to be a great suspense thriller with dark academia.
The writing and narration were excellent. This book was tense and unsettling in the get-go but things get intense after the first half and it was unputdownable. Talking about the characters, I was pretty much invested in both the leads, and guess what? They both are wildly different from each other and I think it worked. Chiamaka is a very straightforward student and whereas we see Devon with a subtle and reserved personality.
As a debut writer, I think Faridah did a great job with the characters, narration, and overall plot and storyline. I’m super glad that I got to read this one and thanks to the amazing team at HarperCollins India for sending this simply amazing book my way!