9781791550943, $23.93, PB, 554pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: In the near future the human race suffers a cataclysmic world wide catastrophe in the form of a HEDV retrovirus outbreak. The effects of the virus were catastrophic. Billions died. Some people had immunity to the virus: the small percentage of the population that carried one abnormal copy of the hemoglobin gene, the gene that causes sickle cell disease.
More people of color have survived, immune, than whites. The usual demographics of the US are now inverted. With the correlation of survival with darker skin color, it has become all race. It always was. Most white people were all right with this change. But not the White supremacist, MAGA hat wearing, confederate flag waving, tiki torch bearing white people.
Poverty, illness, criminality, the breakdown of family and civility are rampant, with the supremacists (in full and utter denial that it is their obscure genetic connection to Africans that has granted them immunity) are apoplectic. They've declared war. They're out to exterminate all people of color.
And thanks to their persistent lobbying efforts of the NRA to ensure semi-automatic rifles, high-capacity magazines, and bump stocks were never regulated (even while things such as cars, nasal decongestants, milk, and happy meals were), there are more guns left in America than people.
Black people, their white allies now know that it is time to organize and fight back if they are to save their lives now that the apocalypse has come!
Critique: A deftly crafted and impressively original dystopian novel by an author with a genuinely reader riveting narrative storytelling style, Ted Neill's "Reaper Moon" will be a very special and enduringly popular addition to community library Science Fiction collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of all dedicated science fiction fans that "Reaper Moon" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).