America, 2028. The War for Equity has begun! A new bureaucracy called the Historical Reparations Administration oversees enforcement of restitution for colonialism and slavery. This is the story of everyday people caught in the crossfire between idealism and technology. A chillingly prescient dystopian satire, Reparations USA is the first of a four-book series that explores many of today's most pressing societal and political issues.
Reparations USA could not have come at a more opportune time considering America's current political climate. It is almost eerily prescient in its plot lines and I loved (regrettably) its frightening realism. Extremely well written and researched, Mr. Wyeth seems to have an innate grasp of our country's moral dilemma and angst as we near the third decade of the 21st century. Regardless of your political persuasion, I highly recommend this novel as a cautionary tale in a country that might well find itself careening into Mr. Wyeth's dystopian view of the future.
"Fascinating, Provocative and A Whole Lot of Fun"After reading Reparations, I feel the need to read it again and again just to make sure I "got" it all. There is a lot to digest...sometimes resulting in brain overload...and books ending with glossaries are not usually on my must-read list. But this is an extremely well-written story that moves quickly. It is more than compelling. It is provocative and entertaining...i couldnt put it down. Reparations forces the reader to engage in self-examination page after page, paragraph after paragraph. This is a fantastical story of civil disobedience born from a well-intentioned social program gone awry resulting in forced reparations and ridiculous acts of contrition for present misdeeds and acts now considered evil committed generations ago. Although sometimes the made-up words to describe ethnicities or political affiliation gets in the way of both the message and the story-telling, "Reparations" is a powerful tale of what might actually happen if we simply do nothing now in the face of our scary new political reality...while, at the same time, it is also a fun romp into the worlds of rap music, over the top television scoops, and old fashioned police thrillers. Highly recommend.