Winner of the 2021 World Fantasy AwardA Most Anticipated in 2020 Pick for Book Riot Buzzfeed Paste WBUR
Winner of an 2021 ALA Alex Award
Winner of the 2020 New England Book Award for Fiction
Winner of the 2021 Ignyte Award
Winner of the 2021 AABMC Literary Award
A 2021 Finalist for the NAACP Image Award for Best Outstanding Work of Literary Fiction
A 2021 Hugo Award Finalist
A 2021 Nebula Award Finalist
A 2021 Locus Award Finalist
A Goodreads Choice Awards Finalist
Named a Best of 2020 Pick for NPR Wired Book Riot Publishers Weekly NYPL The Austen Chronicle Kobo Google Play Powell's Books Den of Geek
"Onyebuchi's voice work is magnificent, sharp and whipping. . . . This book recognizes that intimate knowledge of suffering can be a source of strength, can be sustaining as well as depressing
– that we can grieve the inheritance of generations of ancestors' pain while marveling at their endurance, and recognize that resilience as part of their legacy."–The New York Times
"Urgent, brutal. . . . Onyebuchi's unexpectedly hopeful ending is just as powerful as his unflinching, heartbreaking depictions of racism and cruelty. This staggering story is political speculative fiction at its finest
"Onyebuchi sheds light on a world of harsh familiarity and fantastical originality with his incredible worldbuilding and devastating prose. Stark, sharp, and brutal, this story will burn in readers' minds long after the last page.
"Tochi Onyebuchi uses the hallmarks of sci-fi and dystopia to convey the experience of being a Black person in the world.
"At its core, Riot Baby
's about sibling love, broken communities, loss, sacrifice and harnessing one's power to break free. . . . An experience and an absolute must-read
"Transformational, devastating and truthful. . . . The most extraordinary novel I have read in years, if ever, and I can't imagine another book this year coming anywhere near its greatness.
is Tochi Onyebuchi's incandescent adult debut
. . . . 'Anger is an energy, ' declared ex-Sex Pistol John Lydon, and Onyebuchi harnesses this energy to warming and clarifying effect."–Seattle Review of Books
"There is a richness and depth to Onyebuchi's prose that delivers an intricate and textured world at once rife with violence and teeming with familial love. . . . Onyebuchi demonstrates that dystopia for African-Americans in the U.S. resides in the recent past and continues today
"Equal parts provocative and riveting, Riot Baby is what all speculative fiction should strive to be: wholly captivating
"[A] phe-nomenal, explosive little novel. . . . It uses compression and craft to render the reader breathless
"Expertly weaves supernatural elements through an all-too-realistic, thrilling story
"Impossible to put down.
"A thrilling, intense, nail-biting read that transcends genre and has an ending of biblical proportions
bursts at the seams of story with so much fire, passion and power that in the end it turns what we call a narrative into something different altogether
"Onyebuchi has woven a story as uplifting as it is heartbreaking, an epic ode to the future and past, tiny acts of resistance, love, and the wild unstoppable sweep of revolution
."–Daniel José Older
"Tochi Onyebuchi is, primarily, a generous world-builder. His journey into this is honed and sharpened with Riot Baby
, which asks a reader to care deeply for the interior of its characters, and the fights they have taken on."–Hanif Abdurraqib
Onyebuchi's adult debut is a stunningly, vitally harrowing story and genre at its very best.
is the burning embers of a revolution. . . the quiet rage of generations of people who have been told they are lesser than others. It's the flash of accelerant in a genre that needs the burn
"Stunningly original, brutal, and electric.
Onyebuchi's prose scorches. It's hard to put this book down, and when you do, it stays with you."–R. F. Kuang
"Onyebuchi welds a graphic novel sensibility to a searing look at structural inequity in America today. This isn't Jack Womack or J.G. Ballard's broken near future: it's our own photorealistic broken present. Riot Baby is an important book
"Onyebuchi's Riot Baby
is thrilling and harrowing
in the tradition of Ward's Sing, Unburied, Sing.
"Powerful. Furious. Riot Baby
carries the full weight of black American fury and grief, woven together with a masterful story of two siblings and a magic so powerful it will change the face of everything they know."–K. B. Wagers