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Literature / Flight

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The story follows Zits, a Native American trying to cope with his various past abusive adoptive parents with random acts of violence, calling himself the "time travelling mass murderer".

A 2007 novel by Sherman Alexie. His take on being a homeless American Indian teenager... takes a Science Fiction twist, as he possesses the bodies of other men throughout time. In many ways, it was because he viewed Indian Killer as an Old Shame.


Tropes featured in Flight include:

  • Meaningful Name: Possessed by righteous indignation and a desire for vengeance? What is Zits' real name? Michael
  • Naked on Arrival: An old Indian killer Sleeps in the Nude, so when he wakes up, yeah.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: The story of IRON and HAMMER is reminiscent of the story of Pine Ridge in The '70s.
  • Pædo Hunt: Zits got molested by several of his foster dads. It's eventually revealed that the recurring motif of someone smelling of beer and onions is tied to one such stepdad who did this.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: The FBI agents, the Cavalry soldiers.
  • Shout-Out: The Nannapush Reservation is a reference to Louise Erdrich's character Lulu Nanapush.