If you're in the mood for an exciting and heart-pounding adventure with a big handful of dystopia, then Lamar Giles' "The Getaway" is the book for you. Some of our book club members recently embarked on a buddy-read journey with this novel, and we used the Black-Owned app, Storygraph, to track our progress and share our thoughts. And let me tell you, this one is a true gem. I'm excited to share my thoughts on this roller coaster of a read, and I'm giving it a solid 5 out of 5 stars.
First of all, let me set the stage for you. "The Getaway" takes place in the not-so-distant future, where the world outside of Karloff Country is spiraling into chaos. But Karloff Country is a paradise for the privileged, a luxurious resort where the outside world's troubles are nothing more than a distant memory. The story is centered around Jay, a relatable and simple protagonist who's living his best life within the confines of Karloff. What's fascinating about this book is how quickly it grabs your attention. It's like a roller coaster that starts with a fast drop right from the beginning. You won't find yourself waiting for answers or explanations for too long. Instead, you're immediately drawn into the intriguing mystery that surrounds the resort. The pacing is perfect, not too fast and not too slow. It keeps you on the edge of your seat, and there are so many highs and lows that it feels like you're on the wildest roller coaster ride. I found myself sitting up in bed, completely alert, as the action unfolded. There were plenty of "Oh my God" and "I knew it" moments that will leave you stuck.
One of the standout features of "The Getaway" is its thought-provoking exploration of racism, social justice and capitalism. Lamar Giles weaves in powerful quotes and moments that shed light on the insidious nature of discrimination. These moments add depth to the story, making it not only a thrilling adventure but also a thought-provoking commentary on society. If I were to describe the vibe of the book, I'd say it's like "The Handmaid's Tale" meets a creepy, dystopian Disney World with a big splash of slavery. The pairing of a seemingly fun and harmless resort with the dark secrets it holds is brilliantly executed by the author.
The plot is a true page-turner, and the characters are well-developed and relatable. Jay and his crew's determination to uncover the truth and save themselves adds a layer of heroism that keeps you invested in their journey. As the story unfolds, you'll find yourself torn between the fear of the unknown outside the resort's walls and the unsettling familiarity of the horrors within.
In summary, "The Getaway" by Lamar Giles is a must-read for anyone who loves a thrilling, fast-paced, and thought-provoking dystopian adventure. So, grab your favorite reading nook, settle in with a warm beverage, and prepare for a wild ride into the world of Karloff Country.