Ace of Spades (Hardcover)
Author: Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (2021)
For ages 14–18
"All you need to know is . . . I’m here to divide and conquer. Like all great tyrants do."
When two Niveus Private Academy students, Devon Richards and Chiamaka Adebayo, are selected to be part of the elite school’s senior class prefects, it looks like their year is off to an amazing start. After all, not only does it look great on college applications, but it officially puts each of them in the running for valedictorian, too.
Shortly after the announcement is made, though, someone who goes by Aces begins using anonymous text messages to reveal secrets about the two of them that turn their lives upside down and threaten every aspect of their carefully planned futures.
As Aces shows no sign of stopping, what seemed like a sick prank quickly turns into a dangerous game, with all the cards stacked against them. Can Devon and Chiamaka stop Aces before things become incredibly deadly?
With heart-pounding suspense and relevant social commentary comes a high-octane thriller from debut author Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé.
"Not only is this page-turner full of drama, mystery, and intrigue, the salient presence and expert handling of marginalization and complex social dynamics left me not only titillated, but full to the brim and fired up to continue the good fight. Ace of Spades is the thought-provoking thriller we ALL need."
"Ace of Spades is a clever thriller that, just as you think you've got it figured out, pulls the rug out from under you. What makes the twist all the more chilling is its plausibility. Debut author Faridah Ábíké-Íyímídé is a revelation, her protagonists—Chiamaka and Devon—are wonderfully captivating and nuanced. And her epilogue is the best I've ever read. This is one magnificent debut!"
"Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé is an absolute artist of crafting tension and suspense. Ace of Spades will leave readers tearing through chapters, desperate to see what happens next. Packed with killer twists that gave me goosebumps, Ace of Spades is a phenomenal debut here to knock you off your feet and send your heart racing."