The Black Coats, by Colleen Oakes


The enigmatic Black Coats have been exacting vengeance on men who have hurt girls and women for years.

The killer of Thea's cousin went free, and Thea has just received an invitation to join the Black Coats' balancings—acts of revenge meant to teach a lesson. Justice for Natalie has never felt so close.

But as the balancings escalate in brutality, Thea’s clear-cut mission begins to unravel and she must decide just how far she is willing to go for justice.

Because when the line between justice and revenge is paper thin, it’s hard not to get cut.




“This satisfying feminist tale is so fierce… An explosive thriller that is all too timely in the #MeToo era.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“There is fun to be had between the action-packed training sequences [and] dashes of romance, but Coates’ main message is about trauma, abuse, who deserves an opportunity for redemption, and who gets to decide… Enjoyably over the top, with some great ethical questions to explore.” (ALA Booklist)

“The Black Coats provide[s] pure satisfaction with the idea of fighting back against misogyny and sexism… a relevant read in the #metoo era.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

 


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