So, this book. This is the book that derailed me. I really enjoyed the first book in this duology (The Pox Party), but this book was such a slog. And it was a slog in a way that made me feel guilty about not liking it. The first book was very compelling — there’s so much history that we never learn about, voices and stories that go untold, and reading about a character who was a slave during the American Revolution, was fascinating.
This book….I just couldn’t care about what was going on — it was another important part of our history, that I didn’t know anything about, which is why there was a lot of guilt on my part for not liking the book. Octavian Nothing escapes Boston and ends up in Virginia, joining up with Lord Dunmore’s Ethiopian Regiment — slaves were offered freedom if they joined up with Dunmore, the Royal Governor of Virginia.
As you can imagine, it didn’t really turn out well. The book was a diary of the horrors the former slaves endured, and of course, they never really did get their freedom.
I wish I could have enjoyed this more, I think it was me, not the book, though I’ve read other reviews that expressed similar sentiments.
Finishing it was a relief, and now I can move on.