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To be honest I’ve always wonder in another universe somewhere in the galaxy are my people doing to white people what they did to us? And still continue to do or even what if the roles were reversed from the beginning and this book answered that. Except this is based 1000 years from now and we have taken over.
This book shows no matter the race that seems to have the upper hand there are people within the race that actually have a heart. Then there are people that are cruel beyond with no reason at all but to be mean. Don’t care to seek justice as long as they get what they want and to get a high off that power.
The book told from two points of view. Avi the upper (black) and saige a worker (mixed). The uppers are Royal and have all control. People like saige are looked down upon because the they believe black and white should not mix. Well just like back in the day when white people would R word black people that same thing happens here. White people and mixed have to work on the field and be like assistants to the uppers.
Avi has a good heart but ol boy do i wish she had a damn back bone. The way she especially let her sister push her around. Like damn girl. Her heart was in the right place because like her we don’t have to be this way towards each other.
Saige was about that life. She’s tough but has a heart as well and just wants to be free. Towards the end she has a shocker which hell it shocked me too. I didn’t guess what this person would actually be to here.
Leah Vernon is a well-known author and body-positive activist along with being the first international plus-size Hijabi model. Her novel "The Union" was first released as a self-published titled under the title "Impure," though it's noted that it has experienced substantial editorial revisions on its way to release as "The Union" and as a featured title with Amazon's First Reads program.
With "The Union," Vernon creates a dystopian nation thousands of years in the future. There is a Black elite class that reigns and lower classes who toil in the farmlands and who struggle to survive in the cities. The story centers around eighteen-year-old Avi Jore, an Elite born to a powerful father who is destined to one day rule, and Saige, a mixed-race enslaved girl labeled as an Impure and longing only to escape the boundaries of this seemingly hopeless land. When Saige saves Avi from an assassination attempt, their paths become intertwined in ways that the two never imagined and in ways frightening to those around them. Saige plots her freedom. The increasingly aware Avi begins attempting change from within.
Will they succeed?
"The Union," which hints of being a sci-fi novel more than immerses itself in the genre, is as much a story about friendship as it is a story about the revolution that may very well occur should this friendship blossom.
The first of two planned books exploring this world, "The Union" takes a familiar narrative and brings it engagingly to life thanks largely to the vivid portrayal of its two central characters. This isn't a story we haven't read before and even seen in the cinema, though Vernon adds her own unique touches to it all and gives us characters we can connect with, characters we wonder about, characters we despise, and characters who leave us scratching our heads.
The narrative itself occasionally falters and I'll confess to having grown tired of the latest fiction trend of having each chapter a back-and-forth between the novel's main characters, however, I'll also confess that I enjoyed these two main characters enough that for the most part I was still able to surrender myself to the story.
"The Union" is most definitely visual storytelling. It would be interesting to see Amazon Studios pick up the story for a cinematic presentation, an approach that would allow for delving even more deeply into the story's subtly portrayed racial politics. While the ending is in some ways anti-climactic, knowing the intention for a second novel it all makes sense as you are left both waiting and wondering about certain characters.
In terms of rating, a 3.5 feels more accurate. However, a 3-star feels too low considering how much I enjoyed these characters and how well Vernon developed them. While "The Union" is not without its flaws, it's engaging and vital storytelling that leans into the culture-changing power of friendship and the absolute importance of even the smallest choices we make as human beings.
Ok, so at first I found the story to be very racist, slow and boring; yet I couldn't stop reading. Reading and learning about the oppression, slavery and segregation of African Americans as kid, I always thought what it would be like if the roles were reversed... And here it is! The story is sad, triggering, hopeful and all around emotional. It's history reversed. I am hoping that there is a sequel to this. I need to know more! Will Liyo recover and return to fight? Will Avi stand up to her oppression and be the leader of equality? What will Saige do next? There is so much more I want to know!!!
Not my normal read, but so glad I chose this. This should really be adapted into a movie, although we all know it would never be as good. At times it was hard to follow, but that may have been my lack of focus. Such a great read, can't wait for the next one, already preordered!
I did enjoy the premise and action of the book. The characters are well fleshed out; however, the storyline was predictable, especially the ending. I would have enjoyed it more had there been a stronger twist to the plot. Very obvious it is not a stand alone novel.
I chose THE UNION as my Amazon First Reads novel for November. This book is set to publish on December 1st.
This novel can be difficult to read at times, and the content may be seen as controversial to some. That being said, I had a hard time putting this book down. I loved each of the characters. I was happy to see that there is already a second novel planned for the series - it will be released next year.
If you appreciated VOX, by Christina Dalcher, I think you will appreciate THE UNION as well.
This novel started out like so many of its genre! The plot seemed predictable, jealous sister undercutting her older sister to be the next leader, betrothed to a man she didn’t love. But once the author started introducing other characters and the plot started to move, I got drawn in on a great ride! Unfortunately, it ended too soon. The end seemed like a new beginning. Although not promised, I’m sure it will be coming!