“ The time is 1215 hours, Central Union Base Time. Updating progress on Program Irunmole: attempt to synthesize igioyin cure from antibodies of individuals possessing extranormal ability. There’s been a setback. Extranormals’ perceived immunity to igioyin appears to be limited by a range of variables; most notably, use of their abilities. Usage results in a rapid acceleration of the virus’ maturity. Resultant mortality rate is far greater than baseline for highly vulnerable Normals. We believe the selection of antibodies from higher usage Extranormals may be the root cause for the failure of the current iteration of the formula S1-91-978. After the initial success of trials with patient set 11.1 without the adverse effects seen in prior Normal groups, it appeared we had a viable treatment for the igioyin virus. ”
What would happen if the world was no longer the place you thought it was?
How would one encounter change your life and reveal a destiny larger than your own life?
In the year 93.O.O, Dara Adeleye is a gifted ambitious artist whose goal is to overcome her modest origin by being the best in class. Her life is focused on succeeding at school to provide a better life for her family. Yet when she meets Kris Arvelo, a trazer or a graffiti writer, her life will change forever as she understands that her mission may be much larger than she had initially envisaged. On the brink of extinction, the world as Dara used to know it is now in danger- and she might be just the person to help save it.
Situated in a world where technology and mythology meet, Joseph Adegboyega-Edun’s first book of the Trazer series is boldly written in a language scattered with words and images from the Yoruba mythology to show how harmoniously spirituality and technology can coexist; as the author himself states it, “Yoruba religion has a lot of lore related to travel in between worlds and traveling great distances instantly through secret portals.”
Acclaimed by critics, Trazer: Kids of Stolen Tomorrow is one of the important works of contemporary Sci-Fi literature that both cherish their African traditional heritage, and look ahead for new forms and modes of representing our over-technologized world. Inspired by authors like Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Joseph Adegboyega-Edun’s novel is a powerful read in which Yoruba language, US slang and scientifc utopia weave the literary image of our globalized world.
Trazer: Kids of Stolen Tomorrow by Joseph Olumide Adegboyega-Edun
978-0692995037 / YorubaBoy Books; 1st edition (October 19, 2017)
Review by Ioana Danaila
Ioana Danaila was born in Romania. She graduated from University Lyon 2 Lumière with a Masters in African Postcolonial Literature and a First degree in French for Non-Francophone people. She published a collection of short stories and translated books from French to Romanian. She speaks Romanian, French, English, and Spanish, and teaches English language and literature to highschool students in France.