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Apr 17, 2024
Winters does it again with a solid first-person account of another dystopian future. With his excellent "Last Policeman" trilogy, he looked at what happens to the fabric of human society when disaster looms in the form of an asteroid. This time we face a alternate reality where slavery was never wiped out in the United States. Each story was from the perspective of a narrator that has a detective's mind and describes the people he meets with that perspective. This story has some great twists and unfolds in an engaging way. I don't want to get too much into the plot, but I will say current events like Philando Castile were in the back of my mind when I was reading this. There is a surreal scene in which our narrator, who has been living in the free North for many years asks some Southern slaves why they don't try to go north, and they basically say, "So we can get shot by a policeman for no reason"? It would be great to read this and then read Colson Whitehead's "Underground Railroad" and compare them. -- Ian S., Communication