The Nigerian writer Suyi Davies Okungbowa recently authored a book that highlights one of the central characters from the highly-rated Netflix series Stranger Things.
Stranger Things was created by the Duffer brothers and set in a fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, in the 1980s. It follows a group of friends trying to solve the puzzle of their missing friend while fending off terrifying supernatural forces. The three-season series aired from 2016 to 2019. It received high ratings, rave reviews and was the recipient of, among other, six Emmy Awards, out of 31 nominations. A fourth season is set to air.
Davies’ new book, titled Lucas on the Line, will be published by Penguin Random House on July 26. The novel will focus on one of the main characters named Lucas Sinclair (portrayed in the series by Caleb McLaughlin). Lucas is one of the friends to the missing boy (Will) and is actively involved in the investigation to solve the puzzle. He is described as smart and charismatic with skills ranging from slingshot and axe proficiency to brawling.
Here’s a synopsis from the new book from its publisher:
Lucas has been in the fight against the evil forces in his town since the beginning, but he is tired of feeling like an outsider. When the start of high school presents Lucas with options beyond D&D and being bullied, he wonders if he can be more than invisible. After connecting with one of the few other Black students at school, Lucas starts to learn more about himself apart from his friend group. And he begins to understand himself as a Black teen in Hawkins, which feels unlike anything—in this world or any other—he’s ever experienced.
Suyi Davies Okungbowa writes fantasy, science fiction and general speculative fiction books. His most recent book, Son of the Storm is the first in his epic fantasy trilogy, “The Nameless Republic”. His debut novel David Mogo, Godhunter was published in 2019 and was named a Notable Book of the Year by Brittle Paper. His work has also appeared in Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, Fireside Magazine, and Apex Magazine.
Congrats to Davies! We look forward to reading his take on the Stranger Things series and Lucas Sinclair character.