by Celeste Ng

Wow! What a unique book — riveting, well-written, and scary as all hell because it feels both historical and prescient. It is mostly told from the perspective of a young boy, but is third-person omniscient, allowing the author to jump to different characters, here and there. It sets up a world where a major crisis happens in the United States of America that sets in motion a society of fear, hate, prejudice, censorship, and strict government regulation, mostly targeted at Asian Americans. And the worst part of that world is that children are continually taken away from their parents (the missing hearts). The young boy and his mother are separated, and the book explores how some people try to rebel and fight the injustices.