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The Underground Railroad - Intense historical drama.

The Underground Railroad is an intense historical drama about the life of an escaped slave. Cora and another slave head north after escaping their brutal owner on a cotton plantation in Georgia. They're helped by "conductors" of the underground railroad system, and make it as far as South Carolina where they become part of a free black community. Eventually, a ruthless slave catcher and his cohorts find Cora, but she manages to escape again with the help of a free black man named Royal. Cora makes it as far north as Indiana before she's captured once again, but you'll have to read the book to find out what happens next. While The Underground Railroad reads like an adventure, there's no denying the terrible suffering and tragedies that occur throughout the story. There are several characters that are integral to the plot, including those who want to help Cora and those who want to harm her. Despite the seriousness of the topic, a thread of hopefulness is woven throughout. One can't help but be impressed by the courage and strength of the main character and those like her, who escaped their chains of bondage to become free. If you like books about this topic, I would also highly recommend The Invention of Wings.