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The Record Keeper

Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo
Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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The Record Keeper is a visceral and thrilling near-future dystopia examining past and present race relations. 

After World War III, Earth is in ruins, and the final armies have come to a reluctant truce. Everyone must obey the law - in every way - or risk shattering the fragile peace and endangering the entire human race. 

Although Arika Cobane is a member of the race whose backbreaking labor provides food for the remnants of humanity, she is destined to become a member of the Kongo elite. After 10 grueling years of training, she is on the threshold of taking her place of privilege far from the fields. But everything changes when a new student arrives. 

Hosea Khan spews dangerous words of treason: What does peace matter if innocent lives are lost to maintain it? As Arika is exposed to new beliefs, she realizes that the laws she has dedicated herself to uphold are the root of her people's misery. 

If Arika is to liberate her people, she must unearth her fierce heart and discover the true meaning of freedom: finding the courage to live - or die - without fear.

©2019 Agnes Gomillion (P)2019 Recorded Books

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A little frustrating on various fronts

I finished the book, though I think had I gotten it from the library, I might not have.

I didn't find Arika, the main character, very interesting or likable. While she wasn't totally unlikable, the depth of her denial (while understandable) about the reality of her situation, her world, was tedious. And speaking of the world: We are told, in dribs and drabs, how the world came to be in the state it's in--and that's fine, I don't mind information dumps in this type of book, but I had trouble picturing the actual world--not enough description.

Probably the only thing that kept me going was the theme of racial injustice.

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just for the Record:

this was a phenomenal story. It was set in a realistic yet imaginable settings. The characters are well-developed, the narration brings all of them to life! Will definitely read it again.

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