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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Run is a fictitious, yet tragic tale about the reality of racial profiling, written by M.A.N. Seventeen-year-old Jabari Wilson and his younger brother, Jaheem, make a trip to the local convenience store, planning for a quiet night, when they are suddenly pulled over by two corrupt police officers who are out to cause some mischief. Knowing that he and his brother had not broken the law, Jabari confidently presents his license and registration, only to find himself staring down the barrel of a gun shortly after, as his brother is severely beaten and tased. Before they realize it, Jabari and Jaheem are staring at two dead police officers, and their night of relaxation transforms into a deadly game of cat and mouse as the boys are forced to change their looks, their clothes, and have one destination in mind: Mexico.
Sadly, this well-written and imaginative tale of racial profiling is all too real in this day and age, with police often targeting people simply based on their race, color or religion. M.A.N. has captured the tragedy all too clearly, showing that some people believe that they are far superior to others simply because they carry a badge and/or a gun. Run is a fast-paced, action-packed narrative showing exactly the sort of thing which transpires when such a horrific abuse of power takes place, changing the lives of two young boys who'd had their entire lives and a wonderful future to look forward to, only to have it vanish in the blink of an eye. As a Black woman (Australian Aboriginal) who has had to move to another country to escape these abuses of power, I know first-hand how terrifying racial profiling can be. Run is a well-detailed account of two boys’ tragic and traumatic journey from being on the right side of the law, to finding themselves on every police officer’s hit list. I found the book to be completely engrossing, highly realistic, and recommend it to readers who enjoy suspense, action, drama and a dash of comedy, piled high on top of the will to survive.