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characters Dream Country

A 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 to the children of Yasmine Wright who leave a Virginia plantation wi You all think you hate one another precisely because we don t about this stuff She sighed You done realize it yet but that is the real tragedy Not a name somebody got called Dream Country is a beautiful journey of one family woven throughout a tapestry of generations struggling with what freedom means to each of them Told through five perspectives spanning from the early 1800 s to the present we see the common threads of dreams identity and hope in each of their stories This is a journey of a family but it is also a journey through history both real and imagined It is a story of culture and how it evolves through generations It is a story of countries and how these larger struggles impact individuals living within themEach section is important to the rest showing that we are never fully immune to the conflicts of the past They scar us in ways that are sometimes both visible and invisible Each generation building on the lessons and nightmares of the one before it Dream Country is an examination of how our past can haunt our present and how one dreamer is determined to understand these threads in order to seize control of her present and her future Time passes oceans are crossed circumstances change or they do not One continent is exchanged for another but still the spiral does not become a circle No spirals rise and they fall Sometimes it s hard to know which Dream Country is not just a story of a family s history Or of a culture or a country It is a vivid portrayal of what racism looks like feels like but profoundly how it stems How it can grow from one group to another hate breeding hate in new ways with new generations wreaking pain and heartache on the next This is a heartbreaking but real story One which helps understand not only the pain of our past but the difficulties in our presentThis incredible journey forces the reader to examine some of the lesser known truths of history Dream Country is a fictional canvas of fact where historical fact is woven into the story Knowing that there is legitimate history written into these characters and their struggles makes the atrocities we encounter impossible to ignore This isn t a fictionalized story where once you close the cover the story leaves the reader Instead this will awaken the need to know to think to understand The truth is fluid and fungible and untrustworthy and won t abide by any one telling And sometimes in inventing the truth we can discover something deeper We can find our place in the story Dream Country is a beautifully written story that is compelling and stunning It is deep and profound and will open a dialogue for young readers everywhere This book is perfect to help teens who perhaps have faced their own struggles with identity and fitting in With wanting to understand their own generational histories and where these lives of the past fit in with their futureThis book is perfect for book clubs classrooms and everything in between There is some language along with difficult subject matter such as colonization slavery violence and references to rape though outside of language there aren t any graphic descriptions I would recommend to mature young adult readers or at least with a parent or teacher available to help guide the reader through deeper discovery of these difficult themes and subjectsIn short this book is stunning It is a shining example of why we need diverse books with diverse characters along with own voices authors This is a complex story bringing to light pieces of our own history that are lesser known It is valuable informative and incredibly incredibly important Highly highly recommendThank you to Penguin Young Readers for including me on this incredible tour and for sending me a copy for review

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Th 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 destin This is an incredible story of a family impacted by the African diaspora The book is told in a non linear fashion as seen through the eyes of one of the contemporary members of the family We begin in today s Minneapolis area with a boy named Kollie whose parents send him back to the land from where he was a refugee Liberia From there we travel back to family that grew up in Liberia then back even further to family which had been indentured servants in the US prior to the Civil War their freedom came when they left the US and headed back to Liberia We move then to the parents of Kollie and what they endured in LiberiaWhat s remarkable about this book aside from the heartache and hope seen through the characters is the history that we never learn about Gibney s extraordinary research powerful author s note explain how when black freed people went back to Liberia they brought with them the same tools used against them to harm enslave and colonize the native Liberians This book shows that through this familyI couldn t stop thinking about pairing this book with Homegoing Like with Gyasi s book some characters will resonate than others for readers I found Kollie and Angel s stories especially her s despite being the smallest part done purposefully to be the most compelling Note that some of the characters are a bit beyond their teen years and in many ways this book read to me as less YA and adult That doesn t mean YA readers won t love it but rather it d be an awesome and easy sell to adult readers too Powerful moving vital and one that is going to mean a LOT to a lot of readers

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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 Monrovi DNF 23% I really wanted to like this book because it s an important book it revolves around fictionalized stories that existed and deserve to be told I feel terrible for not being able to finish it for not sticking through the stories to experience the book as a whole as a Book as important as this deserves But I just couldn t sit through reading this Part of the reason was the language in which the characters speak I couldn t really follow it very well most of the time I had to take a moment to figure out what was being said This stems from my very white centric knowledge of language and it s unfortunate I found it hard to enjoy this book because of it Another reason was that nothing was happening I was just bored and I actually skipped ahead to a different POV because I was so bored only to find that I couldn t uite sit through that one either In conclusion I just couldn t finish this book at this point in my life I hope to find a better appreciation for it later in my life because I feel awful about not giving it the full read and appreciation it obviously deserves


9 thoughts on “Dream Country

  1. says:

    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 adult

  2. says:

    This was so hard to read but also so important I think my critiues are just that I wanted time with the characters but that also would’ve been really painful There was also some historical context I didn’t understand Some characters were called white but really weren’t and some were called half caste I thought this

  3. says:

    DNF 23% I really wanted to like this book because it’s an important book it revolves around fictionalized stories that existed and deserve to be told I feel terrible for not being able to finish it for not sticking through the stories to experience the book as a whole as a Book as important as this deserves But I just couldn’t sit through

  4. says:

    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 u

  5. says:

    “You all think you hate one another precisely because we don’t about this stuff” She sighed “You done rea

  6. says:

    35 stars During the first few chapters of this book I did not think I would like it at all I totally believe that racism still exists in our schools but the stories of the modern day Minneapolis school seemed a bit unrealistic to me The thing

  7. says:

    This is an incredible story of a family impacted by the African diaspora The book is told in a non linear fashion as seen through the eyes of one of the contemporary members of the family We begin in today's Minneapolis a

  8. says:

    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

  9. says:

    Shannon Gibney’s second novel is flat out amazing It is raw and revealing and captivated me on every level