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Sabaa Tahir

Author of An Ember in the Ashes

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About the Author

Sabaa Tahir grew up in California's Mojave Desert at her family's 18-room motel. After graduating from UCLA, she worked at The Washington Post for five years. She is the author of the An Ember in the Ashes series. The first book in the series, An Ember in the Ashes, made the New York Times show more Bestseller list in 2016. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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From a Certain Point of View: 40 Stories Celebrating 40 Years of Star Wars (2017) — Contributor — 845 copies, 36 reviews
How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation (2018) — Contributor — 164 copies, 3 reviews
Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles (2017) — Contributor — 105 copies, 6 reviews
Magic Has No Borders (2023) — Contributor — 40 copies


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Canonical name
Tahir, Sabaa
Legal name
Tahir, Sabaa
Country (for map)
London, England, UK
Places of residence
Mojave Desert, USA
San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA
University of California, Los Angeles
The Washington Post
Alexandra Machinist
Short biography
Tahir grew up in the Mojave Desert in Ridgecrest, California with her parents and two older brothers. Her parents emigrated from Pakistan to the United Kingdom before moving their family to the United States. She attended UCLA, during which time she interned at The Washington Post. After graduation, she took a job there as a copy editor. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Tahir's first novel, An Ember in the Ashes, was published on April 28, 2015. The story takes place in an ancient fantasy world where a teenage girl is fighting to save her brother from prison, and a soldier battles to free himself from the regime. The novel instantly jumped to being a New York Times Bestseller where it held the number two spot. Amazon ranked it the best book for May, the best young adult book for 2015, and the fourth best book overall.

Tahir's second novel was published on August 30, 2016 and is a continuation on the story from her previous novel. Penguin Random House describes this addition to the series as such: “Set in a rich, high-fantasy world inspired by ancient Rome, Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes told the story of Laia, a slave fighting for her family, and Elias, a young soldier fighting for his freedom. Now, in A Torch Against the Night, Elias and Laia are running for their lives."

Sabaa Tahir's latest book, A Reaper at The Gates, was published on June 12, 2018. The story follows Laia, a scholar girl, on a mission to defeat the night bringer; Elias, the current soul catcher, tries to learn the ways of soul catcher and Helene, the blood shrike; tries to defeat the enemies of the empire. The novel is narrated in the first-person, alternating between the points of view of Laia, Elias and Helene.



AMAZING! I highly recommend this one. I can't wait to read the next one! This story was so interesting, so original, and all around good. You must read it. I loved the characters and the world. Very good book!
LillianCox | 214 other reviews | Jul 3, 2024 |
I’m excited to review one of my favorite books, All My Rage by Sabaa (suh-buh) Tahir. Published in 2022, it is Young Adult, Multicultural, and Contemporary Realistic Fiction.

Winner of:
National Book Award Winner
Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature WINNER
Boston Globe-Horn Book Fiction and Poetry Winner
A Walter Award Honor Book
An NPR Best Book of the Year
A Book Page Best Book of the Year
A Kirkus Best Book of 2022
A Booklist 2022 Editor’s Choice Top of the List Winner for Youth Fiction
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of 2022 (and more!)

I’ll start with the dedication– “For those who survive. For those who do not.” Off the bat, you can tell this is going to be an unforgettable gut-punch! It is a sad and beautiful exploration of love, friendship, family, connection, identity, and the costs of the American Dream.
This book transcends two locations– Lahore, Pakistan and Juniper, California AND two timeframes–then and now. It begins with Misbah in her youth in Lahore, Pakistan, introducing her story. Then, the next chapter jumps to now in Juniper, California and this chapter is told by Misbah’s son, Sal (Salahudin), who is a high school senior. They are at the motel that Misbah and her husband, Toufiq, own, called Silver Cloud Inn, but it is not as dreamy as it sounds! Misbah’s health is failing, Toufiq is an alcoholic, and Sal is trying to save them all. Chapter 3 introduces the 3rd narrator of the book, Noor Riaz. She was born in Pakistan, but came to America at the age of 6 after a tragic accident where her immediate family died. She lives with her uncle, whom she calls Chachu, and Chachu’s American wife Brook. Noor works at his liquor store, but dreams of heading to college, something Chachu does not agree with. The book rotates between the perspectives of these 3 narrators.

Noor and Sal grew up together in the small town of Juniper. Sal’s mom, Misbah, was like an auntie to Noor. They have been lifelong friends, but at the beginning of the book, they are not talking because of a huge fight they had, but the health issues of Misbah reunite them.
Throughout the book, Sal and Noor are seeking to understand one another, where their relationship has been, and where it might go. They’re seeking to understand their identities as young Pakistani-Americans and what the future holds and how they fit into the “American Dream”. They are navigating what home and family mean, trying to find their places in this desert town and trying to navigate getting out or staying.

The book addresses heavy topics, including trauma, addiction, persecution, abuse, drugs, and death. Noor deals with these things through music and throughout the book are the songs that Noor enjoys to escape the harsh realities she is dealing with. I’ll include the playlist here: https://tidal.com/browse/playlist/360e99da-44d3-4dd0-86c4-c762be22c3da

While the book is heart-breaking on many levels, it is a beautiful book that still left me hopeful.
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bevsmev | 33 other reviews | Jun 28, 2024 |
Very strong but bogs down in third quarter and in Elias storyline especially
eas7788 | 32 other reviews | Jun 9, 2024 |
è una scocciatura quando una saga che inizia con una sola stella prosegue peggiorando ;)
LLonaVahine | 24 other reviews | May 22, 2024 |



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