Her love interest, Bramford, is a Coal. So yeah, this is about an interracial relationship in a post-apocalyptic world. Or more narrowly, if you take out the question of race, a Beauty and the Beast story in which both parties must find self-acceptance (no story spoilers) before they can discover true love.
Not too many years ago, I can imagine that this story might have generated heated comments about the sexualized fantasies about black men. And yeah, there was one. And having checked out that blogger, I strongly suspect that he belongs to a much older generation than young adults.
Otherwise, I’m happily surprised to say there has been not a blip of protest.
So what does the lack of any racial outrage or puzzlement or fervor amidst the tremendous rain of positive reviews possibly say?
Conceivably, if the book had not reached the African-American community of readers, if such a category still exists, perhaps there might be some backlash. The first young African American reader who responded to me loved the book. But then, she’s the kind of free spirit who would eschew limiting herself to a single category.
Victoria Foyt, Author of Save the Pearls being the biggest idiot ever, quite possibly.
not a single blip of protest.
I HAVE NEVER READ SUCH STUPIDITY IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. I ACTUALLY WANT TO SCREAM. WHAT.
HER LOVE INTEREST IS A “COAL,” SO HE’S A PoC RIGHT? AND THE LOVE STORY IS LIKE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST?
AND THE DARK SKINNED MAN.
THE “COAL.” IS BEAST LIKE?
YEAH MAN, YOU’RE BREAKING SOME REAL GROUND WITH THIS STORY.
so white people are referred to as “pearls” while POC specifically black people are coals? really? fuck this person may they get thrown into the ocean forever
“ if the book had not reached the African-American community of readers, if such a category still exists”
Source: The Huffington Post
Until proven otherwise in a trial through evidence that is convincing to me, I take the position that these reports of black people eating other people is staged to further dispose us to attack by non-black people. And, even if proven, I will take the position that the black assailant was a victim of some kind of MK Ultra mind-altering science. TED talks, wiki, the grand world wide web, y’all.