The Slave Players by Megan Allen (Book Review #320)

The Slave Players by Megan Allen is an emotionally charged tale showing what violence and racism can bring to even the smallest of communities. Our story begins when a bus carrying a group of black campers takes a wrong turn in the Deep South, Alabama. A pair of white individuals with guns meets them and once the two of them are on the bus violence follows. The next morning the bus is found, and the sheriff is called in to find out what has happened.

Secrets and lies are rife in this small community. The truth about what has happened is covered up but has to come out, and it is only a matter of time before a spark ignites everything. The attention of the nation is drawn to this little town but before too much can be broadcast a media blackout occurs and everyone is left in the dark.

I really enjoyed the intrigue of this novel. It touches on subjects that are still very taboo and does hit on many issues that have occurred in the past. The author kept my attention from the beginning to the end, as I wanted to continually know where the story was going and how it was going to be resolved. In many ways, it is not what I expected, and that is what kept me hungry for more.

The literature standard was in high quality. This book is by far the best well-edited literature I have read. This made me enjoy the story to the fullest. It has to be noted that there are racial, sexual, and political references within the content. The characters are well developed and thought out. Each to its own, have their own agenda and background. My heart just ached and felt strongly about some of the characters in particular, which bears a fitting testament to the quality of the writing.

The story has a very strong message, and that is, no matter how much we strive in trying to make the world a better place, there are always some bad apples trying to destroy it for the rest of us. I find this book very relatable to the situation we are currently experiencing in the world. Hate crime, racial discrimination, unjustified killings, spreading hatred towards different religions, are all currently what we face today.

I believe this book would be suitable for anyone that has an open mind and enjoys reading well-written literature.

Written by Jeyran Main

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