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It took me a bit to get into Asante's Gullah Journey because it is presented entirely in Gullah dialect--including the internal dialogue of the characters. But once I got used to the dialect, my reading went more quickly. The dialect actually had me researching the Gullah people and their language, both unknown to me prior to this book.
My two favorite characters--both POV Gullah characters--were Beneda and Lakisha. Beneda, though still a young woman, finds herself in a new role as leader of the Gullah farmers in the fight for their farms. Lakisha, still a young girl, decides she wants to work for the library rather than the farms. Both women are strong female characters who help their people in different ways. And Beneda is an awesome archer to boot! In fact, many of the female characters in the novel seem to be running the show.
Interestingly enough, the title seems a bit misleading. While things would certainly be different without the presence of Asante in Gullah lands, Asante is not a POV character. But he certainly does journey and aid the Gullah people. I do find myself, however, wondering more about his character's past and reason for coming to the United States from Africa since most of what we learn about him is from Beneda's or Lakisha's perspective.
I also feel like I missed some details about the antagonists and their motivations for wanting the Gullah farms. Does it have anything to do with their post-apocalyptic setting? Are they just greedy?
While Gibson does a great job in describing the general place setting of the novel, those wanting to know more of the background of his futuristic, "woodpunk" world will not get much from this novel. But he does have several others, though, that can provide more insight.
Overall, I enjoyed Asante's Gullah Journey for its cultural diversity, unique setting, a bit of mystery, and its action. I would recommend this to someone looking for something new in dystopian fiction.
The adults gather and accept the leader Benada, the teenage girl who is expert with the bow and arrow.
I highly recommend this book and can't wait to read the next one.
But the main aspect of the story revolves around the power of family and small communities, banding together to protect each other and the land they depend on to live.This is also a coming of age story, as Beneda, the female protagonist, goes from a young girl helping to run a family farm into a reluctant but capable leader of the people around her. She and Asante, a visiting Librarian from Africa, work together to take on unscrupulous individuals working to claim the Lowlands for their own financial gain. Because she's a young woman using a bow and arrow to defend her home and lead a (small) revolution in a future U.S, I did see the parallel between Beneda and Katniss Everdeen of the Hunger Games, but the stories and the flavors are very different.
One of the most unique aspects of this story is the dialect Mr. Gibson uses for his Lowland Carolina characters. Though it may be off putting until you can get into the rhythm of it, I found it added to the portrayal of the time and region. People of color populate this novel, and I found that quite refreshing as well.
My only problem was that I couldn't "feel" the characters. Something about the point of view of the author kept me from being able to fully get inside the heads and hearts of everyone. This distance is the main reason I gave the book a four instead of a five. Still, I'm interested in seeing other stories set in this world.
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