Monday, April 10, 2017

Underground Airlines / Ben H. Wilson / 327 pgs

Underground Airlines was an amazing ride! The book is set in 2016, but in an America in which the Civil War was never fought and amendments were passed in 1861 that would keep slavery legal in the United
States for all time. Over the years, most states have chosen to abolish slavery, but there are still four left in the South that have not only maintained slavery, but incorporated it, where big corporations now own slaves, give them numbers, tattoos, and shuffle them around massive plantations. Another amendment to the Constitution requires ALL states in which an escaped slave is found to send them back to their owners, and the FBI is legally required to do all it can to track down escaped slaves. Our anti-hero, Victor, is one such escaped slave who the FBI kept to help track down other escaped slaves. He's a master of disguise and voices, doing all he can to infiltrate one group dedicated to helping escaped slaves make it to Canada.

I found this book very thought-provoking and captivating. I think anyone who likes alternate history books, dystopias, science fiction, or thrillers will enjoy it. I haven't read Colson Whitehead's Underground Railroad yet, so I can't make a comparison, but I can't imagine I would like it more than Underground Airlines.

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