Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Really hope this is a one-off! The world Onyebuchi creates is both comfortable (corrupt royals/rich population surrounded by poor people trying to eke out a living plus mysterious origins of religion and a taboo on finding history) and different (the African overtones), a combination that works so well you want more of the world without this being a forced trilogy. Having said that, the downside is that the main characters are nothing more than stock stereotypes - with a few exceptions (Omar, who gets few paragraphs) there's nothing for readers to grab onto in terms of caring about their future or where they may go in the next chapter.