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Published by Amistad on July 1st 2014
Genres: Fiction, Thriller
Source: TLC Book Tours
An innocent black teenager is accused of murder in this provocative and compassionate thriller that skillfully probes issues of race, class, crime, and injustice and offers a searing portrait of modern America.Amazon • Barnes & Noble • IndieBound •
From the time her son, Malik, could walk, Janae taught him that the best way to stay alive and out of trouble with the law was to cooperate. Terrified for his safety, she warned him, "raise your hands high, keep your mouth shut, and do whatever they say," if the police ever stopped him. But when a wave of murders hits Philadelphia and fifteen-year-old Malik is arrested, Janae's terror is compounded by guilt and doubt: Would Malik have escaped jail if he'd run?
Unable to see her son or pay for his defense, Janae, a cafeteria worker, reluctantly allows Roger Whitford, a white human rights attorney, to represent Malik. With the help of an ambitious private attorney named Calvin Moore, Roger is determined to challenge the entire criminal justice system and expose its inherent racism--racism that threatens the very existence of America's young black men.
Offering a startling and unprecedented defense, the lawyers spark a national firestorm of debate over race, prison, and politics that burns to the very core of Janae herself. As she battles to save her son, she begins to discover that she is also fighting for her own survival and that of her community.
- I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
After he was accused of a murder charge, fifteen year old Malik Williams finds himself handling things way beyond his maturity level. What the teen has to go through is simply unfair and terrifying.
If there’s one thing I’ve learnt from reading the legal thriller, it’s this: the treatment of African American men in the legal system is vicious.
The author was a family law attorney herself so Endangered is realistic as well as engaging. If you’re a fast reader, you will not have any problems reading it in one sitting. The fast-paced novel is packed with wonderfully written observations and thought-provoking passages.
In my opinion, the strength lies in the relationship between the mother-son pair. Reading what the both of them have to go through during the ordeal pains my heart.
However, the one thing I didn’t liked was the romance storyline between Janae and Calvin. It sounds harsh, but Endangered feels off with the romantic interaction. How should I put this delicately, it’s very… mawkishly sentimental. Then again, I’m a Debbie Downer when it comes to love stories, so it could be just me.
Just like To Kill a Mockingbird and The Help, Endangered too, is a heartbreaking tale that tackles common racial themes that are happening around the world. It’s brutal and deserves our attention.
Entertaining and troublesome all at once. Give Endangered a go as it sends an important message.