The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn JohnsonThe Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

The Summer Prince

byAlaya Dawn Johnson

Paperback | July 29, 2014

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A heart-stopping story of love, death, technology, and art set amid the lush tropics of a futuristic Brazil.

The lush city of Palmares Tres shimmers with tech and tradition, with screaming gossip casters and practiced politicians. In the midst of its heat, June Costa creates art that's sure to make her legendary. But her dreams of fame become something more when she meets Enki, the bold, new Summer King. The whole city falls in love with him (including June's best friend, Gil). But June sees more to Enki than dark chocolate eyes and a lethal samba. She sees a fellow artist.

Together, June and Enki will create art that Palmares Tres will never forget. They will add fuel to a growing rebellion against the government's strict limits on new tech. And June will fall deeply, unfortunately in love with Enki. Because like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die.

Pulsing with the beat of futuristic Brazil, burning with the passions of its characters, and overflowing with ideas, this is a novel that will leave you hot and shaken and eager for more from Alaya Dawn Johnson.

ALAYA DAWN JOHNSON's short story "Love Will Tear Us Apart" was included in the Zombies vs. Unicorns anthology, edited by Justine Larbalestier and Holly Black. The Summer Prince is her first young adult novel. She lives in New York City.
Title:The Summer PrinceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.03 × 5.26 × 0.6 inPublished:July 29, 2014Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0545417805

ISBN - 13:9780545417808

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful writing within a unique world "A heart-stopping story of love, death, technology, and art set amid the tropics of a futuristic Brazil." The blurb pretty much describes the entire story. Since there wasn't too much of a twisty-and-turny plot, I was surprised at how much I liked it. I felt the writing was too beautiful to put down. The fact that there are LG relations and that the characters are people of colour. I couldn't deny that it was a bit boring since political intrigue usually bores me, but this was still likable. I found the whole sordid crowning of the Summer Prince to be original and rather sad at the same time. There is nothing worse than knowing your time is going to end. The technology that was brought up in the world was incredibly fascinating and inventive. I was amazed at how many great pieces were described and shown throughout the story. My favourite is having light embedded under your skin so you can glow. It shows that precisely on the cover and the effect is beautiful to say the least. I found the Japanese ambassador and his part in the story to be important, only because I felt that it had the dynamics of real world politics. Where one world is fully immersed in technology and the other is seen as clinging to the past instead of the future. Can you imagine turning living humans into immortal data streams? You can live forever as data.. At first, it was hard to get used to the language and the terminology that was used, so I had to constantly remember which was what, and if I didn't know what they were talking about, I ended up imagining it anyway. I wished there was some sort of glossary, or some explanation as to which things were, but then it might have made the story sound broken. With beautiful POC characters, wonderful imagery and a futuristic world all wrapped up in beautiful Brazil, the Summer Prince will leave you with a little bit of a book hangover. I know I still can't get over that ending..
Date published: 2014-10-25

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Summer Prince"[A] beautiful novel about risking everything for love and art." -Scott Westerfeld, author of Uglies*"With its complicated history, founding myth, and political structure, Palmares Três is compelling, as is the triple bond between June, Enki, and Gil as they challenge their world's injustices." -Publishers Weekly, starred review*"An art project, a rebellion and a sacrifice make up this nuanced, original cyberpunk adventure . . . Luminous." -Kirkus, starred review"An imaginative and thoroughly realized addition to the sci-fi genre." -Horn Book"There's a great, fresh audacity to Johnson's YA debut." -Entertainment Weekly"In this dystopian fantasy set in a futuristic version of Brazil, June Costas creates art to rebel against (what else) an oppressive government regime. She finds an unlikely ally in Enki, the universally beloved Summer King, who reciprocates her need to make sense of a chaotic society through art."