Review: The Mission to End Slavery by Denis Olasehinde Akinmolasire

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 3 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

Prejudice, racism, oppression and suffering. These are things that we have all seen and continue to see in the world today. The root of a lot of these injustices can often be found in slavery. A fact not lost on Femi Adebayo, who has often felt that black people have had to fight harder than everyone else due to what he views as the system.

Femi stumbles across the mysterious Mr Diggity, who offers him a chance to do something seemingly impossible: to go back in time and stop slavery from happening. Femi rejects Mr Diggity’s offer, until after seeing one injustice too many he decides to take him up on it. Join Femi on his quest as he goes back in time to periods of history ranging from 15th-century West Africa, to freeing slaves from the 18th-century slave ship Fredensborg, to joining in rebellions in 19th-century America to facing down the Romans and Julius Caesar. Join Femi Adebayo on his mission to change the world. Join Femi on his Mission to End Slavery.

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My Thoughts:

Denis Olasehinde Akinmolasire’s debut novel, The Mission to End Slavery is an alternative-history story in which the author questions how modern-day society would differ had slavery of any kind never existed.

The story has the best of intentions; however, the implementation fell flat for me.  The story begins abruptly, and without preamble jumps to another time period.  I had not anticipated the multiple jumps to various periods in history.  I thought the book would have benefitted from being a bit more focused in its “mission”.  The language is sometimes pedestrian, and the dialogue is often stiff.  The political and social messages are in no way subtle.

While I found the ideology sympathetic, I did not find the storytelling compelling.  I would have liked more character and plot development.   The “butterfly effect” ending was interesting as well as dramatic.

 

 

About the Author: Denis Olasehinde Akinmolasire is a software engineer who resides in the U.K.

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