by Angeline Boulley
📖 | Genre: Fiction
⭐️| Rating: 4/5
📚| Review: A cinematic and suspenseful teen drama, Firekeeper’s Daughter takes the reader into the world of eighteen-year-old Daunis Firekeeper. She is the daughter of a Native man and a white woman and struggles with her own identity holding one foot in each world. Daunis loves science and approaching her problems with facts and data. When she is set on finding a solution to the drug addictions affecting her community, Daunis melds the best of both her head and her heart to get to the crux of the issue. I loved how author Angeline Boulley wrote this internal dialogue and the way she introduced tribal culture and traditions throughout the story. It’s evident Boulley wants her readers to be informed about diverse backgrounds and does it in a simple, accessible fashion.
While this novel is dubbed as young adult, it certainly handles topics that are meant for a far more mature audience. Slow to start, I almost put this book down, but after getting about 75 pages in, the plot thickens and I was hooked. However, I do feel more editing should have been done on this novel, as it is rather long. There’s one or two storylines that feel expendable. The main narrative is a compelling mystery where the reader works to figure out which characters are fully trustworthy and which ones have questionable loyalties. This uncertainty creates a thrilling page-turner that blends both strong character development and building story arc.
Overall, Firekeeper’s Daughter was a very good read filled with indigenous representation, a plot that keeps you guessing, and characters you can’t help but root for. If you’re looking for a refreshing, escapist read that will take you into a world that is both new and familiar, you’ll enjoy Daunis’ story. I think it’s best to go into this book without knowing too much about the plot so you can enjoy the surprises and cliff hangers along the way.