The Underground Railroad by Coleson Whitehead

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Today I’m bringing you a review for The Underground Railroad by Coleson Whitehead! I hope you enjoy!

Goodreads Rating: 4.04/5
306 pages
Publication Date:
August 2nd, 2016
Doubleday Books
Historical Fiction
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Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hellish for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood – where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned and, though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.

In Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor – engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar’s first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven – but the city’s placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. Even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.


My Thoughts

I was not a big fan of this novel. I didn’t have any love for any of these characters and I was very disappointed with what I was left with.

This novel’s premise was so incredible, I was very interested in how this book would take the underground railroad and make it a real railroad as opposed to the collection of homes and such that were used in actual history.

I unfortunately hated the execution of this novel, it didn’t work the way I hoped. This novel had a weird seperation of chapters that was very confusing to follow and didn’t really make much sense to me.

Additionally, I thought the characters had no way of drawing me in and making me like them. I just didn’t care what happened to them, and that was supposed to be a big part of this novel.

I wish I had more to mention about this novel, but it was very underwhelming and I didn’t read it well enough to mention any other plot points.

All in all, I was thoroughly disappointed with this book and I wish the execution was a lot better than it was.

That concludes my review for The Underground Railroad by Coleson Whitehead.

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