Published on May 31,2016 by Adaptive Books. It’s now available on Barnes and Noble
Genre: Social Issues, YA
When 17-year-old Grey witnesses the tragic death of his mother in Colorado, he is shipped off to live with his aunt in inner-city Baltimore. Grey struggles to fit in to his new school and environment until his new friend, Akil, introduces him to the enigmatic Kurtis, the leader of a group that uses high-octane sports as a form of social activism. By challenging the police with death-defying stunts and then posting videos of them online, Kurtis, Grey, and their group become unlikely heroes in the fight against the prejudice that surrounds them.
As Kurtis takes Grey under his wing, they come up with a name, an insignia and attract more and more followers to their extreme acts. The lines between social activism and criminal behavior blur and their escalating stunts become a rallying point for the underprivileged and disenfranchised around the country, spreading like wildfire across the Internet. How far will Grey and Kurtis go to push their message, and can their fragile alliance withstand their growing power?
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WOW! I didn’t expect this book. This is a wonderful book and everyone should read this.
I haven’t read the previous work of Ryan Gattis but this book left me speechless. I am also emotional reading this book. The way he writes the story is heartwrenching and thought provoking. I haven’t read this kind of book though I sometimes heard a news related to this story.
The story is about a young black people who loves to ride big bikes and BMX and the police imposed a public safety on riding a big bike. When their one friend died because of the policeman, they started on creating a group name dedicated to all black people who were the victims of discrimination and also the hate crimes.
The protagonist Grey – witnessed his mother got killed by his father. Then, he lived with his aunt in Baltimore. There, he met his new friends Akil and Kurtis. The relationship between them were strong and they have the same experiences in life. What I also love is the relationship between Grey and his aunt. Aunt Blue may be strict but that’s because she loves and truly cared for Grey. It also shows how unfair the society is because of the ramification of the race or ethnicity.
How many times do we need to see the discrimination against the black people? The representation of the black people as a thugs or drug dealers. This book is the voice of people like them.
“ONLY FOR THOSE WHO LIVE TO BE FREE”