THE PROPHETS | Robert Jones, Jr.
01.05.2021 | G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Rating: 4/5 stars
Isaiah was Samuel’s and Samuel was Isaiah’s. That was the way it was since the beginning and the way it was to be until the end. In the barn they tended animals, but they also found refuge from the world around them within each other’s arms. When an older man – a fellow slave – seeks to gain favor by preaching the master’s gospel on the plantation, the enslaved begin to turn on their own. Isaiah and Samuel’s love, which was once so simple, is seen as sinful and a clear danger to the plantation’s harmony.
THE PROPHETS is an immersive and heartbreaking story that transports the reader not only into the minds of Isaiah and Samuel, but also into the lives and experiences of their fellow slaves living on the same plantation in the Deep South. Jones has a unique writing style that is poetic and yet he spares no details from the reader. There are instances of rape and violence throughout this story that should be noted for trigger warnings. Despite these graphic scenes there are also moments of joy and happiness that shine through in the form of friendships and love among those trapped on the plantation.
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