In this combination alternative history/dystopian novel, slavery is still legal in four states of the United States. Borrowing from the euphemistic term “underground railroad” and updated to current travel technology, we have “underground airlines,” and a former slave working for the U.S. Marshal’s office to track down runaways. An interesting perspective, in that the typical dystopian novel generally doesn’t portray racial issues or how they might be important factors in a bleak future. Recommended.—Ford Schmidt, Librarian
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