3 out of 4 stars
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A young black man attending Morehouse College is in a great dilemma. In his 21st birthday, life confronted him with reality and responsibilities. Frustrated and confused, he went to find answers to all his troubles. Hearing a preach about black empowerment, and all fed up with life's unfair treatment, he decided to put matters in his own hands.
Fear Me Now by Christopher Williams is set in 1993 in Atlanta. The genre of this book is a thriller and centered on racism. The story depicted the struggles of a black college student in a racist environment. It's a very timely story to read with all the Black Lives Matter protests and program happening right now.
The book is very well-written and exhibited African-American clearly, especially on the style of communication. The description of settings and events, together with imagery, is splendid. It is very insightful about the life of people of color. Crenshaw Dimes' anger, hatred, frustration, and helplessness are executed well. Though the book focused on racism, it also highlighted Christianism, Islam, divinities, different beliefs, and theories.
I don't know if the pdf's not working well but, there are lots of spaces before the sentences of every chapter. Lots of profanity, but all right for me since it builds the ambiance of the story. The story is less than 100 pages, somewhat short but good enough. However, I'm hoping it could've been longer. The two last chapters just felt like fillers for me. I was looking forward to seeing a twist in Crenshaw after what happened to G-Dog. Also, I find the ending a bit mediocre. The author could give a firmer ending—definitely a better ending for the story.
I give this book a 3 out of 4. It's very timely, and I think it deserves to be read by lots of people. I recommend this book to people who treat people of color fairly. I also recommend this book to general readers, except children for violence matter, but readers should keep an open mind in reading this book. Plus, they should remember that this book's genre is a thriller. This book serves a purpose.
With the Black Lives Matter movement, may people of color feel that they belong in this world and that there's a place for them. I hope that all oppressions: regarding color, gender, religion, nationality, and language end soon because of all lives matter.
Fear Me Now
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