March 25, 2015
We are all familiar with the "40 acres and a mule" concept. What if slavery was brought back? Young black attorney, Martin Grey, becomes friendly with a group of powerful, wealthy men. They invite him for a weekend away. No family, no cell phones, no business. What Martin discovers is his friends are part of a secret society dedicated to preserving slavery. *GASP* But unlike the slavery we know, the black men are the masters. Martin is conflicted on whether to join the secret society or risk dying if he doesn't.
Forty Acres is a page-turning, thought-provoking, eye-opening what-if thriller. It is the best way to describe this novel without spoilers. I still think about the plot days after finishing. The background stories of the characters weren't a focus as much as the concept. For once, I didn't mind that every character had a back story. I didn't care that every character wasn't well developed. Copyeditor hat off, reader's glasses on. All of my attention went to how the thriller unfolded. Oh, what a ride it was.
I recommend reading Forty Acres if you haven't already. If it is on your TBR list, do like I did and move it up higher. It is a thought-provoking scary story like no other.
Title: Forty Acres
Author: Dwayne Alexander Smith
Published: July 2014
Challenge: Diversity on the Shelf; New Authors