A Phoenix First Must Burn

A Phoenix First Must Burn Book Summary

Sixteen tales by bestselling and award-winning authors that explore the Black experience through fantasy, science fiction, and magic.

Evoking Beyoncé’s Lemonade for a teen audience, these authors who are truly Octavia Butler’s heirs, have woven worlds to create a stunning narrative that centers Black women and gender nonconforming individuals. A Phoenix First Must Burn will take you on a journey from folktales retold to futuristic societies and everything in between. Filled with stories of love and betrayal, strength and resistance, this collection contains an array of complex and true-to-life characters in which you cannot help but see yourself reflected. Witches and scientists, sisters and lovers, priestesses and rebels: the heroines of A Phoenix First Must Burn shine brightly. You will never forget them.

Authors include Elizabeth Acevedo, Amerie, Dhonielle Clayton, Jalissa Corrie, Somaiya Daud, Charlotte Davis, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Justina Ireland, Danny Lore, L.L. McKinney, Danielle Paige, Rebecca Roanhorse, Karen Strong, Ashley Woodfolk, and Ibi Zoboi.

Title:A Phoenix First Must Burn
Edition Language:English



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  • Lala BooksandLala

    YESSSSSSSSSS...

  • megs_bookrack

    THE ANTHOLOGY THE WORLD NEEDS!!!!!This.Sounds.Incredible.It's official, this is one of my most anticipated releases of 2020!...

  • celeste

    As a black teen I am so lucky to be growing up in an age where I can be seen in literature. Where my face isn't the side character or the punchline. Where I don't have to hide behind the faces of whit...

  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

    Well, I tried. I’ve enjoyed maybe two YA anthologies but I just keep trying new ones despite that. I read 6 stories before I decided this wasn’t the collection for me. I think any other year I mig...

  • Ms. Woc Reader

    "In order to rise from it's own ashes, a Phoenix first must burn"- Octavia ButlerI've been hyping this book since February 2019 and I wanted an arc as soon as I saw them circulating. Thank you Penguin...

  • faith ?

    🍋 read this review and others on my blog, pages left unreadWE'RE NOT GONNA TALK ABOUT IT (yes we are)rtc (2.5 stars)...

  • Julie

    This anthology is solid gold! My favorite stories are (in no particular order):WHEN LIFE HANDS YOU A LEMON FRUITBOMB by AmerieTHE RULES OF THE LAND by Alaya Dawn JohnsonLETTING THE RIGHT ONE IN by Pat...

  • Bethany

    A Phoenix First Must Burn offers a collection of speculative short stories from a diverse group of Black women and gender non-binary authors. The stories range from high fantasy to urban fantasy, hist...

  • Sahitya

    I’ve only read Kindred by Octavia Butler but I can totally see how much of an influence she must have had on budding readers and writers, especially young Black woman and I thought this collection o...

  • Kelsea

    Those of us who enjoy short story anthologies know how hit and miss they can be. It's a rare treasure to find one that's brimming with well-written, powerful, moving stories, beautiful descriptions, a...