Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Genre: Historical fiction
Age Recommended: 14 and up
This book was recently recommended by Oprah Winfrey as part of her book club. My dad insisted that I must read it!
The book was very interesting at first, but about three-quarters of the way through, the story became somewhat repetitive. I enjoyed the book overall nevertheless.
Cora is a slave. She’s gotten used to the work, the beatings, and the abuse hurled at her and her fellow slaves daily. But that doesn’t mean she likes it.
One day, a man named Caesar offers to help her run away with them. Cora originally declines his offer, but after a particularly vicious beating, decides that leaving may be for the best. However, on the night that they plan their escape, one of Cora’s friends follows them and is kidnapped by some white men. Cora ends up bludgeoning one of the men to death, and returning to the plantation no longer is an option.
When Caesar and Cora are finally free, they get a taste of what they’ve been missing out on, but also learn what it is like to live a not-so-sheltered life. Along with the new found freedom, come the dangerous encounters in the new world.
If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: The Underground Railroad (Oprah’s Book Club): A Novel