The Book That Made Me: Philip Reeve 16/10/19
Slay are a successful rock band, their impromptu "pop-up" gigs always packed with adoring fans. But they hide a secret. When off-stage, the band fight demons – a growing army, ruthlessly attacking innocent mortals to take over their bodies. And their evil power is increasing.
With a courageous teenage girl joining them to avenge the death of her mother, they find themselves with only hours to save the world from the gods of darkness.
This unlikely concept (a boy band battling an Aztec priestess seeking vengeance on the mortal world) makes for a pacy, entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable read. It is a high-action drama with its fair share of blood and gore, but also plenty of humour and heart. The author’s travels have clearly inspired the Central American setting of the second half of the book, and a dramatic finale unfolds at the site of an Aztec temple.
Featuring a diverse cast (including one member of the band who is a selective mute) and with genuine cross-gender appeal.