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About the Author
- ASIN : B002WGC8JQ
- Publisher : Skyscape (January 26, 2010)
- Publication date : January 26, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 664 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 290 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #798,555 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Not really. Throw in time travel, slavery, the Civil War, and the Emancipation Proclamation and you have the Zetta Elliott sci-fi thriller "A Wish After Midnight."
Genna Colon is the responsible, studious daughter of a single mom. She helps take care of her baby brother and plans on going to college. But one night, after an unprecedented fight with her mom, she storms out of the house and finds herself in her favorite public garden. Suddenly, she finds herself thrown into 1863 Brooklyn nearly beaten to death. She is picked up by two men who are willing to sell her into slavery. Genna must figure out how to use her wit to survive the Civil War era without her family and friends and return to present-day Brooklyn.
Although part one of "A Wish After Midnight" seemed a bit long, most of the novel is a page-turner. How does a modern-day Black girl from Brooklyn survive as an emancipated slave in the north? How has our society changed - or not - since then? Do our words match our actions, especially if we consider ourselves allies of the modern-day BLM movement?
Those are just some of the questions Elliott raises in her prescient novel, originally published in 2008, which seems even more relevant given current events that have put a spotlight on inequity and systemic racism and social injustice. Perhaps most importantly, the reader is left with the question: What kind of ally am I?
The book was also used to push the authors own divisive racial agenda. I found myself offended several times by the authors clear belief that all white people have no other plans than to keep African American's "In their place" which is below, and subservient to caucasian people, even going to far as to give the advice to the modern day teenager that she shouldn't be taking care of no white lady's baby.
I feel that there was a strong anti- white lean to the book, and I think it would have been a wonderful story without it. I understand portraying the doctors wife the way she did, she was a nasty person who clearly thought the world was there to wait on her. I didn't like that it was implied several times that the doctor would molest her when no evidence was ever given. Not one single caucasian character was portrayed in a positive light, present, or past, and that makes me sad. The only white character that wasn't a villain was the Irish girl that the main character assisted because she was beneath her (Irish, dirty, starving). Not every white person is determined to beat you down.
One night her wish transports her from present day Brooklyn to Civil War era Brooklyn. And this new life is far worse than anything she went through before. Genna goes through so much all while trying to figure out how to get back to her present day life. Luckily for her, her boyfriend from her present life also got transported with her, and even though they landed in different places, they eventually meet up.
I loved Genna. She was smart and brave, and she didn't waste time whining about her predicament. She stood strong and took things as the came and dealt with them surprisingly well, especially for someone her age. I wasn't crazy about Judah though, he rubbed me the wrong way a lot.
The book dealt with how slaves and even free blacks were treated, and that was tough to read, but I know it was a very important part of the book.
The ending was left kind of open, so I'm hoping there will be a part two.
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It's worth reading this and seeing the film, "The Butler."