This fortnight J & K are discussing The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang. We’re diverting a bit from our usual YA Fantasy books. This book is definitely for adults, and not for the faint of heart! The characters are complicated, the story is complex and violent, and there is a ton of action.

Content Warning: In this episode we discuss drug use, rape, genocide, and other instances of extreme violence. 

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