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Posted January 18, 2013
This novel made me recall a college history course I took in which we talked about the “one drop rule” where if you had even one drop of African blood, you were legally considered black. The professor remarked that there were a lot of blond haired, blue eyed, black people in America.
This particular story about Zachariah, a slave with a Caucasian appearance, and his quest for freedom conjured up many emotions. It is precisely because of this that I thought Ms. Whitehall did an excellent job of character development. In many places in the story, I could almost imagine what Zachariah felt and what he was experiencing even though I’ve never had any personal experiences even remotely like his.
I ultimately thought the story came down to personal sacrifice as Zachariah risked everything for his family time and again. I would highly recommend this novel and am looking forward to reading other material from Ms. Whitehall.
Posted December 22, 2012
I received this book in exchange for a review. This was a difficult book to read because of the subject matter. The honesty of how slaves were treated is shattering. To think that human beings were treated that way is horrific. Zachariah is a good character who does his best what is for the most part a bad situation. The book is well written and thought provoking.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.