Today I’m bringing you a review for The Underground Railroad by Coleson Whitehead! I hope you enjoy!
Goodreads Rating: 4.04/5
Pages: 306 pages
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2016
Publisher: Doubleday Books
Genre: Historical Fiction
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.
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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