Series: The Dreambird Chronicles #1
Author: Lucinda Roy
Publisher: Tor Books
Released: July 13, 2021
Warnings: Slavery, rape, brutality, violence
The Freedom Race is the first novel in Lucinda Roy’s The Dreambird Chronicles series, and it is a series like no other. It blends science fiction fantasy with dystopian elements, and it does so flawlessly. Better yet, it has a poignant message written into the narrative, which makes it all the more powerful in my book.
The country has been torn apart by another civil war. Following the aftermath, it split into two factions. On one side, there’s the Homestead Territories. This is the side that believes in the right to slavery and is the side nobody would want to see win the war.
Ji-ji was born on this side, and all she has ever wanted was a way to escape the only world she’s ever known. The only way to do that is to enter – and win – the annual Freedom Race.
Wow. If you’re looking for a book that hits hard and doesn’t pull punches, look no further. The Freedom Race is unafraid of who and what it is – and it shows. This is a novel that merges dystopia with slavery, showcasing the brutal world that would stem from it.
To say that it was a horrifying read would be an understatement. Yet, I found myself loving Ji-ji’s character. It’s impossible not to root for her. She’s a light that shines so bright amidst all of the horrible actions around her.
I should mention that if ever there was a book that needed trigger warnings, it would be this one. When I say that there are brutal examples of slavery – I mean it. There are also scenes depicting rape, lots of violence, and so much more. This is not a light read by any means, but as long as you know that going into it I can see readers appreciating the message.
Thanks to Tor Books and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.