Calling all fellow bookworms – are you looking for something different and perhaps more challenging to read? Heady Mix is a brand new book subscription service which focuses on showcasing characters and writers from underrepresented groups including women, race, disabilities, LGBTQI+ and more.
I’ve always been interested and active in promoting diversity after studying a human rights module as part of my Social Policy degree, so I’m very excited to come across Heady Mix as it’s such a unique subscription box! As a member of their club, you can also join in with an online community where you can access more content including videos and podcasts.
Heady Mix offers several different options that you can sign up to and they also ship internationally (just check out their website for international shipping rates):-
- The Heady Mix (2 novels + 1 anthology) = £34.50 + £3 UK shipping
- The Select Mix (1 novel + 1 anthology) = £24.95 + £3 UK shipping
- The Light Mix (1 anthology) = £14.95 + £3 UK shipping
- The Monthly Mix (1 novel) = £12 includes UK shipping
I was kindly sent their latest Heady Mix box to review which is themed on Afrofuturism and comprises of two novels and an anthology.
Novel 1: David Mogo, Godhunter by Suyi Davies Okungbowa
By Nigerian author Suyi Davies Okungbowa, this book features some amazing world-building and weaves in several unique Nigerian myths and legends to tell its tale. Set in Lagos, it follows a protagonist called named David Mogo who is a demigod and godhunter, on a thrilling adventure to capture two of the most powerful gods in the city and deliver them to a wizard gangster so that Lagos is not destroyed.
Novel 2: Triangulum by Masande Ntshanga
The second novel is a genre-bending story that’s set in 2050 and this one will really appeal to all fans of Sci-Fi! With a complex and layered storyline which the reader can get their teeth stuck into, Triangulum brings to life a vivid imagining of a future South Africa, whilst at the same time helping us to understand key aspects of South African history by bringing to the forefront themes of family, culture, race, sexuality, apartheid and mental health.
Afrofuturism – Heady Mix Anthology
So what is Afrofuturism? This specially curated anthology by Heady Mix seeks to explore this fascinating concept through numerous writers and authors who are from Malawai, Botswana, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Kenya. It’s an interesting collection of stories and articles which helps the reader to rethink the future and reconsider common perceptions of Africa.