Black Star Renegades by Michael Moreci
Reviewed by Sarah
Published by Anchor; Reprint edition on January 30, 2016
Genres: Adult, Historical Fiction
Format: Audio book
I would give this book 4 for a review.
One of the Best books of the Year: The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, The Boston Globe, The Seattle Times, HuffPost, Esquire, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Cora is a young slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. An outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is on the cusp of womanhood—where greater pain awaits. And so when Caesar, a slave who has recently arrived from Virginia, urges her to join him on the Underground Railroad, she seizes the opportunity and escapes with him. In Colson Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor: engineers and conductors operate a secret network of actual tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora embarks on a harrowing flight from one state to the next, encountering, like Gulliver, strange yet familiar iterations of her own world at each stop. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the terrors of the antebellum era, he weaves in the saga of our nation, from the brutal abduction of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is both the gripping tale of one woman’s will to escape the horrors of bondage—and a powerful meditation on the history we all share.
I listened to this book on audio. The book was very good. It showed the brutality of slavery and how it was to be a slave in the south. The main character goes through so many hardships through this book. All i wanted was for Cora (MC) to be free and happy but of course that wasn’t realistic to the times. I liked this book and it definitely made me think more about slavery, racism, just the way people treat each other. I am happy that there were people who were sympathetic to Cora and her along the way. I would record this book to people who are interested in slavery from a slaves perspective. Just a warning that there is a lot of graphic violence and rape in the book