The novel is relentlessly critical of social injustice, of all forms. Furthermore, there is a crucial detail in this. Not only is the narrative critical of injustice, but it also portrays a remarkable maturity about causes, factors, distractions, and hypocrisy. An author should not be afraid to disturb, and B.J. Cyprian isn’t.
As far as the philosophical message is concerned, “Shadow Resistance” by B.J. Cyprian has a very serious one, particularly about social justice, and specifically about discrimination and abuse of the black, and other minorities groups in America. For this reason this is a very important book. Unless the reader is hopelessly biased, the supporting evidence is convincing, sometimes overwhelmingly so.
Shadow Resistance delves deeper into Black History, how certain occurrences in the past, have shaped the Black Community’s outcome and existence in modern times as well as the notable Black figures it looks up to. Most of it may not necessarily be positive and for a person who has had a different experience by virtue of skin color or being born elsewhere in the world perhaps, it may get uncomfortable in certain instances.
It will not surprise me to see this book become an award winner. B.J. has an easily understood writing style and the book moves along at a good pace – there is no down time. The story encompasses topics of sexuality, technology, medical, video games, music, race and history. It contains some interesting twists and turns.
The multiple layers throughout the story are fascinating and will have the reader’s minds racing with thoughts as they are compelled to think about the troubling topics at the heart of the story. As I read Shadow Resistance, I loved the feeling of being challenged.