Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
When I read the synopsis of this book I was excited by what to me was a totally new idea, however sometimes ideas are not executed too well. Admittedly slavery is a very difficult subject unless you are dealing with historical facts, but writing on slavery in an alternate future is not so easy. It is obviously very difficult to imagine slavery still legal in the the U.S. surviving all the changes over the years since the civil war. Putting all that aside the story is more akin to escaping POWs during World War 11. The central character in the story reflecting the determination of Steve McQueens role in the Great Escape. Doing everything necessary and not giving up. Victor takes this approach in his pursuit of escaped slaves “runners” for the US Marshall service but only to further his own freedom. Finally he gets the chance to be really free and not bound in any way, but at what cost?
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