Eden, what a nice name. Elements of innocence, cooperation, and harmony. A simpler time, before the fall! I wonder if someone’s going to fuck up the paradise and get kicked out of their gated community and end up surrounded by a barely human jungle tribe!
subtle cues that we should be hostile toward the dark-skinned characters: check!
we’re going to be seeing ”them” in italics a lot in this novel, aren’t we?
oh, can you imagine? white people! living in the sun! all together with no dark-skinned people at all! wow!
uppity haughty bitch has AA-sounding name.
page 10: coal confirmed for this story’s N-word. the main character has used it 4 or 5 times already. here our white-pride heroine lashes out at the uppity black coworker we were told to see as a bitch before she even walked through the door, calls her the N-word, and a room full of PoC flips the fuck out.
how is this different from the way things are today, again?
riiight, the white girl is the victim this time. because of sci fi.
ATTACKED BY A MOB OF LURCHING ENRAGED BLACK PEOPLE!!!! JUST BECAUSE SHE WAS WHITE!!!! THIS IS JUST LIKE IN MY SUBURBAN GATED COMMUNITY NIGHTMARES!!!!!!! THANKS OBAMA!!!!!
CONCLUSION: I’m only ten pages into the book and this shit reads like stormfront fanfiction. Like somebody nominally turned the racial power structure upside down but somehow left the culture the same (there’s an anti-black slur that causes chaos. why? why would PoC have that reaction to a term the author has claimed in interviews is a compliment?)
It’s like Foyt did the bare minimum required to facilitate a whacked out white girl persecution fantasy.
I am intensely uncomfortable.
Look at the implications of the “reverse racism” scenario we’re being fed here. Is what Foyt thinks black people are actually like in today’s racial atmosphere? Does Foyt really think PoC seethe with fury and barely-concealed cruelty, hating white people for being white, constantly on the verge of explosion?
That is some Fox News shit right there.