Published by Tor Books on July 13, 2021
ASIN : B08GJQX4R9
Publisher : Tor Books (July 13, 2021)
Publication date : July 13, 2021
Language : English
1. What is on your nightstand?
A Psalm for the Wild Built by Becky Chambers. We’ve been on a couple of panels together, and I’ve loved getting to know her. Can’t wait to read it.
2. What author would you totally fan?
The students I’ve taught who’ve gone on to write books; any writer who dares to portray love in new ways and suffering in true ways while disrupting our assumptions.
3. What makes you cringe?
4. Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
I’m half-British. I never go with the flow. I’m half-Jamaican. I always do. Can you see now why I suffer?
5. Is there a word you love to use?
The word “No.” I and my characters like to use that word. It gets us out of a lot of trouble. (It gets us into some too.)
Also, if you have any pictures of your pet you would like to share, please attach them. My readers love animals!
I wish I had a picture of a pet! Sadly, I’m allergic to many animals. In the past, before the allergies were severe, I’ve had dogs, cats, and even a horse. But I had to give my horse away after I realized that brushing him down gave me symptoms worse than the flu! But fortunately I can be around pets if they don’t get too close, and I give my characters pets when I can. In that way, I get to enjoy them vicariously. Another great reason to become a writer.
Praise for THE FREEDOM RACE
“Every now and then a work comes along that makes you wonder whether you are reading or dreaming. And you’re not sure it matters which.” ―Nikki Giovanni
“You ever have the feeling that if you don’t read something, you may be missing out on something momentous happening? . . . I got that vibe from the first page of The Freedom Race. It has a prescience about it in the tradition of Octavia Butler. . . . If ‘resilience’ was a book, it would be The Freedom Race.” ―Maurice Broaddus, author of Buffalo Soldier
“Roy (The Hotel Alleluia) turns to speculative fiction for the first time with this lyrical, Afrofuturist hero’s quest set in the not-too-distant future. …[Ji-Ji’s] harrowing but profoundly spiritual quest for sovereignty against all odds impresses. Readers … will appreciate both the tenacious heroine and Roy’s intricate prose stylings.” ―Publishers Weekly
“The future Lucinda Roy calls up in The Freedom Race is a fierce, unsettling riff on our past and present. Instead of watching democracy evaporate and justice fail, Ms. Roy challenges us all to get over ourselves and join the race for freedom.” ―Andrea Hairston, author of Will Do Magic for Small Change
“American magic-realism meets the outcome of the Second U.S. Civil War in a well-told, but brutally jolting, strangely prescient, and soul-haunting narrative.” ―L. E. Modesitt, Jr., bestselling author of the Saga of Recluce series
This book will destroy you. It is very uncomfortable to read and that is the point. The base history of this story is what would have happened if the insurrection had truly succeeded. The United States has splintered and territories have reverted back to slavery where shades of skin tones can determine your lot in life. This dystopian tale is one of horror and hope. The country, now split into basically what the South would like to be, the Territories roamed by bounty hunters that make the Proud Boys look like Boy Scouts and an area where people have mutated because of radiation.
Ji Ji (JellyBean Lottermule) tries to win freedom in a race. The whole thing has a Hunger Games vibe. Ji Ji is a teen who strives for more. This really isn’t young adult material though the main character has some of the same themes. She is very likable and it will be interesting to see how she develops and survives to live another day. She loves to read and manages to work in some of her favorite quotes. Since this is the opening book of a trilogy, there is some worldbuilding and language to get used to.
The Freedom Race, Lucinda Roy’s explosive first foray into speculative fiction, is a poignant blend of subjugation, resistance, and hope.
In the aftermath of a cataclysmic civil war known as the Sequel, ideological divisions among the states have hardened. In the Homestead Territories, an alliance of plantation-inspired holdings, Black labor is imported from the Cradle, and Biracial “Muleseeds” are bred.
Raised in captivity on Planting 437, kitchen-seed Jellybean “Ji-ji” Lottermule knows there is only one way to escape. She must enter the annual Freedom Race as a runner.
Ji-ji and her friends must exhume a survival story rooted in the collective memory of a kidnapped people and conjure the voices of the dead to light their way home.
Novelist and poet Lucinda Roy’s latest book deal is with Tor/Macmillan for her futuristic slave narrative series The Freedom Race. Her previous novels are Lady Moses, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, and The Hotel Alleluia. Her poetry books are entitled Wailing the Dead to Sleep, The Humming Birds, and Fabric: Poems. She also authored the memoir No Right to Remain Silent: What We’ve Learned from the Tragedy at Virginia Tech. Among her awards are the Eighth Mountain Prize for Poetry, the 2017 Zenobia Hikes Woman of Color in the Academy Award, and the Baxter Hathaway Prize for her long slave narrative poem “Needlework.” An Alumni Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing at Virginia Tech, she has been a guest on numerous TV and radio shows, including The CBS Evening News, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS’s Sunday Morning, Oprah, and NPR. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, USA Today, the Chronicle of Higher Education, North American Review, American Poetry Review, and many other publications. She delivers keynotes and presentations around the country on creative writing, diversity, campus safety, and higher education. Currently, she is working on her speculative novel series, a book of ekphrastic poems, and a series of oil paintings depicting the Middle Passage.
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