The young South African author Masande Ntshanga, won the 2013 PEN International New Voices Award for his stories in magazines such as Rolling Stone, and all of this before his debut was even released. Ntshanga knows how to perfectly handle social and political issues within compelling literature. His novel The Reactive follows three young South Africans in Cape Town, who sell antiretroviral medicines in a country with an AIDS denier as their leader. Ntshanga also uses HIV as a metaphor in a tale of social inequalities, poverty, globalisation and colonialism. An ambitious, strong and moving debut from an upcoming talent.