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Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite
Evolution of a Revolution, Volume One by Conallan Power has as a sub title: A boy evolving from innocence to a man of unwavering determination to change an unjust world to one of humanitarianism. It is a gritty, powerful novel set against the background of the labor unions and workers’ rights. The story begins with an introduction to Andre and his father in rural Mississippi, who are discussing the fact that Andre’s mother has left them, maybe for good. The duo visits Andre’s grandmother’s house where it is decided they will live for now. Andre starts working at a young age as a laborer and inevitably comes into contact with labor unions and their organization. He quickly becomes involved and eventually rises to lead his own labor union organization after becoming disillusioned with the vested interests of some of the union leaders. This eventually leads to a mass scale “revolution” which forms the plot of the novel. This is a story of the common man and his grit as he battles for the rights of the average worker.
Evolution of a Revolution by Conallan Power is an engaging novel, especially for readers interested in the subject. The relationship between Andre and his father has been portrayed well and Andre’s subsequent rise and development of the Global Labor organization makes for an interesting and, at times, thrilling read. I found the writing style to be concise yet powerful, which suits the subject matter of the book. All in all, an interesting fictional read that I would recommend to anyone interested in the nuanced subject of labor unions and organizations.