Somehow, the sequel lived up to the unimaginable standard of its dark academia predecessor.
Babel is the boldest indictment of the evils of English academia I’ve read to date. That’s what I was waiting for, though, through The Secret History, If We Were Villains, The Atlas Six, and even Legendborn: violence.
While I read a comparatively small proportion of contemporary fiction growing up, EJ Books keeps up with the latest and most interesting releases (according to me), particularly translations coming out of East Asian countries and novels by Asian-American authors.
I have always been an avid YA reader and the genre hasn’t lost any of its magic over the years. Some of the books I’m most passionate about are YA: An Ember in the Ashes, Six of Crows, and the OG Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men.
Dark academia has never been more in, more inclusive, or more interesting. But how do modern dark academia novels take on the sinister darkness within real modern academia?