SUMMARY ò Dream Country

REVIEW Dream Country

The heartbreaking story of five generations of young people from a single African and American family pursuing an elusive dream of freedom The novel begins in suburban Minneapolis at the moment when seventeen year old Kollie Flomo begins to crack under the strain of his life as a Liberian refugee He's exhausted by being at once too black and not black enough for his African American peers and worn down by the expectations of his own Liberian family and community When his frustration finally spills into violence and his parents send him back to Monrovia Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || || PinterestI've said many times in my reviews that the YA genre needs to start taking risks For about a decade YA has been snowballing towards safe and stale Young adults are young adults and I personally think as a reader and a writer that we need to stop acting like teens and adults in their early twenties need to be protected from difficult subjects or explicit content as 1 they're going to go ahead and find it anyway if they really want to read it so you might as well to try and do it well and for the intended audience and 2 it's not like teens aren't experiencing things like sex swearing alcohol and bigotryracism in their everyday livesSo before I even get into the content of DREAM COUNTRY I want to say that I appreciate that the author didn't try to dumb down the difficult subjects in her book which was to my surprise for young adults There is a lot of graphic content everything from genocide to rape to racism colorism privilege explicit language multiple uses of the N word especially but also the C word as well as white supremacy and slaveryDREAM COUNTRY is a multi generational family saga centering around a Liberian family The first narrator Kollie is a high school student in the early noughties who struggles with not being black enough to fit in with the American black students but also very much conscious of the racism he faces as a man of color and the xenophobia he faces as an immigrant The second narrator is Togar which takes place in the late 1920s Togar is trying to escape the militant slavers who are forcing Liberians to work the plantations owned by ex slaves who colonized Liberia in the 1800s Yasmine is one of those ex slaves who thinks that Liberia will be a new chance for her and her children but she is taken aback by the sickness the poor health conditions and the rural conditions Then there's Ujay and Evelyn whose narrative is set in the 1980s during the Liberian Civil war The story ends full circle with Angel Kollie's younger sister who is now an adult in the 2010sAs I said this book is written the way it would be for any adult Gibney does not balk at the idea of communicating the horrors of slavery racism and war to kids And really I think most kids don't have any idea how horrific such events are because freuently they are sugar coated or glorified in children's fiction Reading this book makes you fully cognizant of the stakes It actually reminded me a lot of Yaa Gyasi's HOMEGOING although between you and me I thought HOMEGOING was a better book because each character was fleshed out and their story fully developedThat actually brings me to my biggest complaint with DREAM COUNTRY it felt like an unfinished book The characters' stories didn't really close in a satisfying way and in my opinion the most interesting POVs ended way too soon and the less interesting POVs dragged on forever I would have liked to learn about Togar or see what Kollie's experience was like when his parents sent him to Liberia Angel's POV felt like an afterthought and Ujay's was the only historical POV that actually provided new perspective on his descendants whereas the others really didn't in my opinionDREAM COUNTRY isn't a bad book by any means and it does some pretty amazing things but there were also many points where I found myself bored by the subject matter and given the nature of the subject matter that should not be the case I'm going to donate my copy to a high school now that I've done with it Hopefully the kids will enjoy it than I did 3 stars Concubine life as a Liberian refugee He's exhausted by being at once too black and not black enough for his African American peers and worn down by the expectations of his own Liberian family and community When his frustration finally spills into violence and his parents send him back to Monrovia Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || || PinterestI've said many times in my reviews that the YA genre needs to start taking risks For about a decade YA has been snowballing towards safe and stale Young adults are young adults and I personally think as a reader and a writer that we need to stop acting Flower and The Beast 2 like teens and adults in their early twenties need to be protected from difficult subjects or explicit content as 1 they're going to go ahead and find it anyway if they really want to read it so you might as well to try and do it well and for the intended 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as an immigrant The second narrator is Togar which takes place in the Bad Luck, Trouble, Death, and Vampire Sex late 1920s Togar is trying to escape the militant slavers who are forcing Liberians to work the plantations owned by ex slaves who colonized Liberia in the 1800s Yasmine is one of those ex slaves who thinks that Liberia will be a new chance for her and her children but she is taken aback by the sickness the poor health conditions and the rural conditions Then there's Ujay and Evelyn whose narrative is set in the 1980s during the Liberian Civil war The story ends full circle with Angel Kollie's younger sister who is now an adult in the 2010sAs I said this book is written the way it would be for any adult Gibney does not balk at the idea of communicating the horrors of slavery racism and war to kids And really I think most kids don't have any idea how horrific such events are because freuently they are sugar coated or glorified in children's fiction Reading this book makes you fully cognizant of the stakes It actually reminded me a the gibson lot of Yaa Gyasi's HOMEGOING although between you and me I thought HOMEGOING was a better book because each character was fleshed out and their story fully developedThat actually brings me to my biggest complaint with DREAM COUNTRY it felt The Forked Tongue Revisited like an unfinished book The characters' stories didn't really close in a satisfying way and in my opinion the most interesting POVs ended way too soon and the Bad Things in the Night less interesting POVs dragged on forever I would have Mountain Man (Men of Lake Tahoe Series, liked to Diana (Sunfire, learn about Togar or see what Kollie's experience was Blue Crush (Blue, like when his parents sent him to Liberia Angel's POV felt At Home in India like an afterthought and Ujay's was the only historical POV that actually provided new perspective on his descendants whereas the others really didn't in my opinionDREAM COUNTRY isn't a bad book by any means and it 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Dream Country

To reform school the story shifts Like Kollie readers travel back to Liberia but also back in time to the early twentieth century and the point of view of Togar Somah an eighteen year old indigenous Liberian on the run from government militias that would force him to work the plantations of the Congo people descendants of the African American slaves who colonized Liberia almost a century earlier When Togar's section draws to a shocking close the novel jumps again back to America in 1827 to the children of Yasmine Wright who leave a Virginia plantation w Great for a different perspective of the African experience in America it does explore a little know side of history the colonization of Liberia by Freed African American who left the USA in search of their ancestral home and how they ended up behaving in a way that reflected the reality that they suffered at the hand of the white plantations owners towards the native population of Liberia Very interesting topic for anyone interested in a complex story of the African American experience and the African experience in America main character is Liberian A Lil Less Broken (The Kingsmen MC, leave a Virginia plantation w Great for a different perspective of the African experience in America it does explore a Wholly Unraveled little know side of history the colonization of Liberia by Freed African American who Greenlighting (Directors Cut left the USA in search of their ancestral home and how they ended up behaving in a way that reflected the reality that they suffered at the hand of the white plantations owners towards the native population of Liberia Very interesting topic for anyone interested in a complex story of the African American experience and the African experience in America main character is Liberian

Shannon Gibney Î 1 SUMMARY

Ith their mother for Liberia where they're promised freedom and a chance at self determination by the American Colonization Society The Wrights begin their section by fleeing the whip and by its close they are then ones who wield it With each new section the novel uncovers fresh hope and resonating heartbreak all based on historical factIn Dream Country Shannon Gibney spins a riveting tale of the nightmarish spiral of death and exile connecting America and Africa and of how one determined young dreamer tries to break free and gain control of her destiny This book will be our One Read in the fall and there is so much to discuss Racism slavery white supremacy the immigrant experience families generational repercussions and on and onAnd I am also excited our students will learn about the history of Liberia I feel so stupid that I knew nothing about how ex slaves from America horribly treated indigenous populations in Liberia and transformed that country Are we all doomed to exert power and damage over those we deem less than even if it’s happened to us? It’s what we know and we’re all continually doing itI’m still thinking about these things and I’m not articulating it all that well but again so much to think about and discuss with this book A great choice for a One Read Wholly Unraveled learn about the history of Liberia I feel so stupid that I knew nothing about how ex slaves from America horribly treated indigenous populations in Liberia and transformed that country Are we all doomed to exert power and damage over those we deem Greenlighting (Directors Cut less than even if it’s happened to us? It’s what we know and we’re all continually doing itI’m still thinking about these things and I’m not articulating it all that well but again so much to think about and discuss with this book A great choice for a One Read