Underground Airlines

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Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction, Alternate History, Mystery

Language: English

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A young black man calling himself Victor has struck a bargain with federal law enforcement, working as a bounty hunter for the US Marshall Service in exchange for his freedom. Hes got plenty of work. In this version of America, slavery continues in four states called the Hard Four. On the trail of a runaway known as Jackdaw, Victor arrives in Indianapolis knowing that something isnt right--with the case file, with his work, and with the country itself.
As he works to infiltrate the local cell of a abolitionist movement called the Underground Airlines, tracking Jackdaw through the back rooms of churches, empty parking garages, hotels, and medical offices, Victor believes hes hot on the trail. But his strange, increasingly uncanny pursuit is complicated by a boss who wont reveal the extraordinary stakes of Jackdaws case, as well as by a heartbreaking young woman and her child--who may be Victors salvation.
Victor believes himself to be a good man doing bad work, unwilling to give up the freedom he has worked so hard to earn. But in pursuing Jackdaw, Victor discovers secrets at the core of the countrys arrangement with the Hard Four, secrets the government will preserve at any cost.
Underground Airlines is a ground-breaking novel, a wickedly imaginative thriller, and a story of an America that is more like our own than wed like to believe.

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  •    Maugar Johaneson
    2020
    An interesting, vomit-inducing thought experiment of what the US could be if there had never been a civil war and slavery had been enshrined in the Constitution for some states. Sickening idea, though sad thing is, having extremely cheap labour is not a crazy idea: look at all the cheap items we can buy, made by people making a poor wage, versus items made for a fair wage. And mistreating workers -- workers' rights is still a very recent thing in human history. And, finally, designating a group of people as not human and treating them accordingly, well, that's never gone out of style.

    The book itself--I had to read this slowly. There are no good guys here (except for one cute kid: "Controversy!") Everyone has shades and layers of motives, and how exhausting it must be to always be in fear. But then, that and greed are the bases for the society in which the protagonist and those he interacts with function. The protagonist's view of the impossibility of things improving or changing for the better, expressed about midway through the book, is profoundly bleak, which much of this book is. The protagonist is not a good man, and functions from an ethically compromised and difficult position. And yet, I kept reading, fully knowing why the main character did what he did. And there is no happy ending, just people doing things for their own ethically compromised reasons, but I did feel a little change in the protagonist's outlook by the end of this book.
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