Ace of Spades

Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Winner of the Edgar Best Young Adult award 2022, this chilling novel explores the issues of race and white supremacy in an American high-school setting. 

Devon and Chiamaka are the only two black students in the elite Niveus Academy. As the new term begins they each find some of their darkest secrets being exposed across the school by the mysterious Aces. What follows is a thriller that twists and turns as former friendships begin to crumble and Devon and Chiamaka realise that no-one is who they seem.  

As the plot develops there are moments which can make for uncomfortable reading as the reader sees parallels with parts of our contemporary society, but this is a powerful debut novel which should be widely read and discussed.

Published by Usborne Publishing

Reviewed by Rachel Bolton