Have you ever considered what would happen if certain freedoms that you’ve grown so accustomed to having were abruptly taken away? How would you react? How far would you go to protect them? Those questions are forced to be answered, when Aeneas, a young black American living in Los Angeles suddenly awakens to a world where rap and hip-hop are suddenly banned, along with other civil liberties in the blink of an eye.
There’s so much I want to say about this book. However, I don’t want to give too much away. Because I think it’s so important that everyone reads it, particularly black Americans. Education is so important and this book is a testament to how important it is to get a better understanding of our history, the nature of politics and how it all ties into the decisions made on our behalf thru our government, as well as ways to avoid those viscous cycles that plague the African American communities within the United States from happening again.
What I love the most about the book is although it’s clearly fiction, there’s so much of it that could actually become our reality, if we don’t heed to the warning signs of what’s to come. If we don’t learn to work together, get to know those we’re stereotypically told to shun away from, we may very well become an extinct group of people.
This book has something for everyone. Within it there’s a love story, one that’s told in the simplest of ways. But it’s clear that Aeneas’s love for Apphia is indeed a deep one. There’s also the love he has for his son. Contrary to popular belief, there are black men who are dedicated to raising their children, even if the relationship with their child’s mother is strained. The depiction in this book is uplifting and it deals with the consequences of having a child, whom you love, with a person that you shouldn’t have conceived it with…(Hey, I didn’t say it, it’s implied. But you have to read the book to find out more about it). Most don’t want to tackle that topic and Teems does a great job making mention of it in the book.
Of course, for those who love action, this book is filled with it. The book actually reads like an action flick from which you’d want to see someone such as Derek Luke, Mekhi Phifer, or even Reggie Bush (should he want to pursue acting) fill. There are loops and turns in every direction and you don’t know where it will end up.
Lastly, this book has spirit. You can’t help but understand and know where faith comes in with this work of art. Sometimes you have to step out on it and trust that God’s in control even if you think the path you take may not be the most favorable one. You can tell that even though the characters have made mistakes, they know and understand where their power comes from.
If I had one complaint about the book, it would be that it ended…LOL!!! I actually could have used even more of this roller coaster ride. However, on a serious note, I can’t help but think that some people in politics have already read this book and are putting things in place that may actually cause a similar experience, such as the one that plays out in this book to come to pass. It’s for that reason alone that I think this book is a must read for anyone who isn’t concerned about voting, to take a look. There’s so much knowledge and power dropped in this piece that you can’t help but to want to understand more about the key players who are running in the election and their platforms, as well as how legislation works.
To sum it up, knowledge is power and this book opens your senses to just how little we really know, and how much more open we need to be to receiving it and pursuing more of it! Kudos to Rickey Teems II for this piece that I’m sure going to tell everyone I know (and don’t know) about!
Just Tanisha’s Savvy Two Cents
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