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Underground Airlines

By Ben Winters

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Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Published In: United States, 05 July 2016
NOMINATED FOR BEST HARDCOVER NOVEL BY THE ITW THRILLER AWARDSA FINALIST FOR THE CHAUTAUQUA PRIZEA New York Times Bestseller; a Goodreads Choice finalist; named one of the Best Books of the Year by NPR, Slate, Publishers Weekly, Hudson Bookseller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Kirkus Reviews, AudioFile Magazine, and AmazonIt is the present-day, and the world is as we know it: smartphones, social networking and Happy Meals. Save for one thing: the Civil War never occurred. A gifted young black man calling himself Victor has struck a bargain with federal law enforcement, working as a bounty hunter for the US Marshall Service. He's got plenty of work. In this version of America, slavery continues in four states called "the Hard Four." On the trail of a runaway known as Jackdaw, Victor arrives in Indianapolis knowing that something isn't right--with the case file, with his work, and with the country itself. A mystery to himself, Victor suppresses his memories of his childhood on a plantation, and works to infiltrate the local cell of a abolitionist movement called the Underground Airlines. Tracking Jackdaw through the back rooms of churches, empty parking garages, hotels, and medical offices, Victor believes he's hot on the trail. But his strange, increasingly uncanny pursuit is complicated by a boss who won't reveal the extraordinary stakes of Jackdaw's case, as well as by a heartbreaking young woman and her child who may be Victor's salvation. Victor himself may be the biggest obstacle of all--though his true self remains buried, it threatens to surface.Victor believes himself to be a good man doing bad work, unwilling to give up the freedom he has worked so hard to earn. But in pursuing Jackdaw, Victor discovers secrets at the core of the country's arrangement with the Hard Four, secrets the government will preserve at any cost.Underground Airlines is a ground-breaking novel, a wickedly imaginative thriller, and a story of an America that is more like our own than we'd like to believe.

About the Author

Ben H. Winters is the author of, most recently, World of Trouble, the concluding book in the Last Policeman trilogy. The second book, Countdown City, was an NPR Best Book of 2013 and the winner of the Philip K. Dick Award for Distinguished Science Fiction. The Last Policeman was the recipient of the 2012 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America; it was also named one of the Best Books of 2012 by Amazon.com and Slate.

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"A daring and very well constructed novel" "Booklist"" ""Underground Airlines" is bold, brilliant, and beautiful -- everything you could want from a novel, Ben Winters delivers ten-fold. He's a writer to watch, one of exceptional vision and imagination whose characters draw the reader in to the point that an alternate history seems not only plausible, but the only one that counts until the final page." "Michael Koryta, author of "Those Who Wish Me Dead""" "Brilliantly written, terrifyingly conceived, "Underground Airlines" had me from the first page to the last. Many writers might have been content to set a few characters loose in the middle of the kind of powerful premise - slavery in four states never ended -put to work here, but Winters gives us gripping plot, clear-eyed social commentary and chilling implications. This may be alternate history, but what it has to say about actual, enduring race and racism cuts awfully close to the 21st century American bone." "Laird Hunt, author of "Neverhome""" ""Underground Airlines" is like nothing I have ever read before. I know it will be a pivot point in my reading life. Thought you'd wrestled sufficiently with the stain of Slavery? Have a seat. You'll only need the edge. By spinning a pounding thriller in a past that did not happen, Winters has somehow wrapped his hands around the catastrophe that did. This is how it might have been, I kept thinking, if history had gone that way. But the moral shock at the heart of the book: Winters's rabbit hole is not strange enough, the gulf between that and this is not wide enough. Underground Airlines does what all great speculative fiction wants to do - show the reader that Everything is possible. That's the good news and bad. The novel's many-named narrator descends from Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man - his voice is mesmeric, it comes from any corner, it can boil with savagery, sing with grace or do pretty much anything in between. Oh, and he descends from Jason Bourne as well; he has mad field skills. So does Winters. You're set down in motion on a tilted mirror and then it's turn after gripping turn - my every next hour depended on which way he went." "David Shafer, National Bestselling author of "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot""" "Am I allowed to curse? Because holy heck, I want to. This book is shocking, bold, sad, human and wise. Put an expletive in front of each of those adjectives. It's not post-apocalyptic fiction, but if you like that sort of thing, you'll like this too. If you liked "Station Eleven" (an overused but appropriate comp!), "World War Z," or "Brief History of the Dead," then this is a book you should read." "Rebecca Fitting, Greenlight Bookstore"" ""Underground Airlines" is the rare book that actually fulfills the promise of being unlike anything you've ever read. The alt-world premise of a present day US where the Civil War never happened and slavery still exists in four states, is so perfect for the current dialogue about race that's going on right now. It's not that common to be reading a gripping page turner of a mystery and be thinking about voices like Ta-Nehisi Coates at the same time. It's one of those books you only want to stop reading so that you can go out and start talking to people about it. I can't wait until this book is out in the world so I can engage with other readers about it." "Robert Sindelar, Third Place Books"" "Ben Winters' "Underground Airlines" is an ingenious speculative thriller wrapped around the core of our nation's ouroboros history of institutional racism. While that may sound bizarre to some, Winters pulls it off with ease, crafting a novel that is both fantastic and scarily believable at the same time." "Ian Kern, Mysterious Bookshop"" "Ben H. Winters has crafted a timely, necessary, and gripping page-turner. The plausibility of "Underground Airlines"' central conceit is terrifying, made more so by the author's deft blend of alternate history and modern mundanity, but the loose, often jaunty narration of its flawed protagonist, Victor, prevents its descent into hopeless, maudlin territory. Victor's desperate pursuit of freedom or redemption, whatever the cost, propels the novel toward its inexorable and satisfying conclusion." "Jake Cumsky-Whitlock, Kramerbooks"" ""Underground Airlines" is a work of astonishing originality and ambition. Like the best art, it forces us to question our own assumptions. Is the machine of modern civilization really that far removed from the alternate reality that Winters presents here? We're all implicated in this unsettling and visionary novel. Ben Winters is one brave writer." "Patrick Millikin, The Poisoned Pen Bookstore"" "I could not put "Underground Airlines" down. A brutal, hard-boiled detective mystery about what might have happened if Lincoln had been killed before ending slavery, it is thought provoking and vivid. It will live with you for a very long time." "Rene Kirkpatrick, Eagle Harbor Book Co."" "Ralph Ellison's "The Invisible Man" meets "Blade Runner" in this outstanding alternate history thriller. . . . The novel's closing section contains several breathtaking reversals, a genuinely disturbing revelation, and an exhilarating final course of action for Victor." "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"" "Chilling" Alexandra Alter, "New York Times"" ""Underground Airlines" is a masterful work of art with a gripping mystery at its most basic level. It's also a complex allegory woven throughout with sparking rich dialogue and multiple shades of awareness. Passengers, fasten your seat belts. The ride may be turbulent, but that's what makes it great." Jen Forbus, "Christian Science Monitor"" "Winters reels readers in with details . . . The writing leaves the realm of noir and becomes almost lyrical. . . . "Underground Airlines" will start a lot of conversations. A lot." Bethanne Patrick, "NPR"" ""Underground Airlines" is a masterwork of world-building...[the book] gives you an incredibly complex character to explore it with, ensuring that your attention is well-spent down to the last page." "- "LitReactor""" "Smart, quick and tricky, Ben Winters knows how to pull off a high-concept thriller. Fans of The Man in the High Castle will love Underground Airlines."--Stewart O'Nan, author of The Speed Queen "Brilliantly written, terrifyingly conceived, Underground Airlines had me from the first page to the last. Many writers might have been content to set a few characters loose in the middle of the kind of powerful premise - slavery in four states never ended -put to work here, but Winters gives us gripping plot, clear-eyed social commentary and chilling implications. This may be alternate history, but what it has to say about actual, enduring race and racism cuts awfully close to the 21st century American bone."--Laird Hunt, author of Neverhome "It is a rare thing when a writer has a fresh new provocative idea - and then executes it beautifully. This is what Ben H. Winters has done in his novel Underground Airlines. Imagine an America in which slavery still exists. Now imagine a dramatic telling of the story."--James Patterson "Underground Airlines is like nothing I have ever read before. I know it will be a pivot point in my reading life. Thought you'd wrestled sufficiently with the stain of Slavery? Have a seat. You'll only need the edge. By spinning a pounding thriller in a past that did not happen, Winters has somehow wrapped his hands around the catastrophe that did. This is how it might have been, I kept thinking, if history had gone that way. But the moral shock at the heart of the book: Winters's rabbit hole is not strange enough, the gulf between that and this is not wide enough. Underground Airlines does what all great speculative fiction wants to do - show the reader that Everything is possible. That's the good news and bad. The novel's many-named narrator descends from Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man - his voice is mesmeric, it comes from any corner, it can boil with savagery, sing with grace or do pretty much anything in between. Oh, and he descends from Jason Bourne as well; he has mad field skills. So does Winters. You're set down in motion on a tilted mirror and then it's turn after gripping turn - my every next hour depended on which way he went."--David Shafer, National Bestselling author of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot "A rich noir in a terrifingly convincing alternate America. It's both beautiful and brutal. The Handmaid's Tale for Black Lives Matter."--Lauren Beukes, author of Broken Monsters and The Shining Girls "Underground Airlines is bold, brilliant, and beautiful -- everything you could want from a novel, Ben Winters delivers ten-fold. He's a writer to watch, one of exceptional vision and imagination whose characters draw the reader in to the point that an alternate history seems not only plausible, but the only one that counts until the final page."--Michael Koryta, author of Those Who Wish Me Dead "The most timely of alternate history novels. Ben Winters has created a spellbinding world that forces the reader to look around-and to look within. This is a thriller not to be missed and one that will not be easily forgotten."--Hugh Howey, New York Times-bestselling author of Wool "A top-flight thriller that's as emotionally searing and tragically plausible as anything in contemporary fiction."--Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians "Underground Airlines is a masterwork of world-building...[the book] gives you an incredibly complex character to explore it with, ensuring that your attention is well-spent down to the last page." --- LitReactor "This is a smart and compelling thriller, set in an alternate reality that bears an uncomfortable resemblance to our own." --Vox.com "Strange, modern . . . [A] genre-bending detective yarn"--Oprah.com "[Underground Airlines] is powerful, suspenseful, and devastating-hard to put down, even harder to forget."--Family Circle "Astonishing . . . A timely novel focusing on race and equality . . . Winters handles the controversial topic with sensitivity, yet isn't afraid to ask some bold questions along the way."--BookPage "A daring and very well constructed novel"--Booklist "Explosive, well plotted, and impossible to put down, this alt-hist by the Edgar Award-winning author of the "Last Policeman" trilogy will attract readers of all genres. . . . Fast paced and filled with menace, the story has an ambience that makes it special."--Library Journal (starred) "Ralph Ellison's The Invisible Man meets Blade Runner in this outstanding alternate history thriller. . . . The novel's closing section contains several breathtaking reversals, a genuinely disturbing revelation, and an exhilarating final course of action for Victor."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Like Victor, Winters, who is white, has a wonderful ability to inhabit different characters...[and] creates a believable world out of telling details...The voices he conjures can be rough, but they ring true...As the book twists and turns to its conclusion, only one thing is clear. This is not a problem that will be easily solved, in Victor's world or in ours." --- The Boston Globe "The novel succeeds so well in part because its fiction is disturbingly close to our present reality... Winters has written a book that will make you see the world in a new light." --The Washington Post "Chilling"--Alexandra Alter, New York Times "[A] striking work of speculative fiction . . . Winters creates a powerful and timely ethical framework for his fast-moving new thriller."--Jane Ciabattari, BBC "An immersive thriller as well as a provocative alternative history, 'Underground Airlines' showcases a fully realized central character who believes his own disturbing past can be kept safely buried. But history has a way of bubbling to the surface of the present."--Jean Zimmerman, New York Times Book Review "[Winters] paints a convincing picture of what fugitive life would look like in our own era... he wants to get us to see the past in the present-the innumerable ways that we still live in a world made by slavery."--Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker "A swift, smart, angry new novel . . . Its vibrant imagination never slackens. . . . As a feat of world-building, Underground Airlines is astonishing, immediately taking its place in the genre's very first rank."--Charles Finch, USA Today "Underground Airlines is a masterful work of art with a gripping mystery at its most basic level. It's also a complex allegory woven throughout with sparking rich dialogue and multiple shades of awareness. Passengers, fasten your seat belts. The ride may be turbulent, but that's what makes it great."--Jen Forbus, Christian Science Monitor "An extraordinary work of alternate history . . . Indisputably a winner"--Maureen Corrigan, NPR "This is one of the most thoughtful and inventive books I've read. Part alternate history and part detective novel, Underground Airlines couldn't be more timely or thrilling. It's a page-turner with a big mission: to warn against placing our history on a dusty shelf. On every page is the spirit of Faulkner's quote-The past is never dead. It's not even past. Here, Winters takes America's legacy as a slaveholding nation all the way to its logical and terrifying conclusion."--Attica Locke, Edgar Award-nominated author of Bluebird, Bluebird "This one kept me up at night and changed the way I saw the world once I was finished."--Ann Patchett, Time NOMINATED FOR THE BEST HARDCOVER NOVEL ITW THRILLER AWARDA FINALIST FOR THE CHAUTAUQUA PRIZEA New York Times Bestseller; a Goodreads Choice finalist; named one of the Best Books of the Year by NPR, Slate, Publishers Weekly, Hudson Bookseller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Kirkus Reviews, AudioFile Magazine, and Amazon A New York Times Bestseller; a Goodreads Choice finalist; named one of the Best Books of the Year by NPR, Slate, Publishers Weekly, Hudson Bookseller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Kirkus Reviews, AudioFile Magazine, and Amazon One of the Best Books of 2016- Amazon, Publishers Weekly, Goodreads "A daring and very well constructed novel" Booklist" "Chilling" Alexandra Alter, New York Times"

EAN: 9780316261241
ISBN: 0316261246
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Dimensions: 23.88 x 15.75 x 3.3 centimetres (0.59 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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