I've been wanting to read this book for a while so last week I finally purchased it, before reading it I scrolled through some of the reviews to see what others thought of the title. A lot of people commented that he was super heavy on Black/white aspect of the character or "too woke" so I went in reading with a grain of salt.
Right from the jump, he hits you in the face with a lot of consciousness and I'm cool with that but as the story goes on I can see why some would feel like he's heavy-handed with some of the "rhetoric". I noticed it but still no true issue, I took personal feelings out of the equation and thought maybe these characters spoke to him in this fashion because of the times that we are living in and this is his way to document the times, or he may or may not have shared some of the beliefs of the characters and the way they view the world, doesn't matter here nor there I related because I've held some of these conversations myself.
When I read the synopsis to Forty Acres I was instantly intrigued by the premise of the title, my mind automatically went to a dark place. I expected the book to be dark, violent, and overcast. Though it had sprinklings acts of violence it was not a major playing point in the story.
I think that the author did a great job of his telling his story of "what if" and the way that the different characters especially the protagonist reacted to different scenarios was very believable. I don't know if I was just anxious to get to the plantation aspect of the story or if it was a slow start but the beginning of the story didn't move as fast as I would have liked.
I won't give away any of the story but I will say it was definitely worth the time spent reading and I will read more of his work.