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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
A Road to Redemption: America's Second Revolution by Mark F. Geatches narrates the story of three young characters on the journey to redeeming America from tyranny and apathy. After two decades of destruction and pillaging have decimated the United States, Joseph Stoner, a ruthless dictator, succeeds in breaking the will of the people. A general sense of ruthlessness and apathy sweeps across the country. But a fortuitous visit to the forbidden structure that was once Philadelphia’s Parkway Central Library opens the eyes of siblings Zammi and Sydney and their best friend, Straz, to how far the country has fallen. They understand that America was once a free nation with a strong sense of community and democracy. They want that country back, so they set out to create the shadowy revolutionary movement called The Liberation. Their mission: to overthrow the president.
This is a prophetic novel that mirrors contemporary reality and gives a powerful warning to readers: America can be headed towards ruin if the violence and divisive language that gain ground every day don’t give way to a society where people respect the values of democracy and community. The writing is really gorgeous and sprinkled with wonderful social commentaries. From the midst of despair, young heroes rise to save the country. The plot is ingeniously written and I loved the fact that kids have to visit a ruined library to learn about the greatness of their country. I rooted for the young protagonists and enjoyed the humor written into the narrative. While A Road to Redemption: America's Second Revolution is an entertaining story, it is one that prompts readers to heed the signs of the times and leaders to shift their focus from personal ambitions to serving the people. A fascinating story, indeed!