What I Liked:
I truly adore novels told in verse, and middle grade readers who enjoy quick reads may want to consider this one. Grace is a strong main character, someone who loves her family but is trapped in a society that doesn’t see her as even human. I particularly like the interactions between her and her mother for their warmth.
Prior to reading this, I did not know much about the Great Dismal Swamp and what people endured to use it as a sanctuary of sort. Readers interested in lesser known historical detail will be eager for more information on the swamp after seeing Grace and her family go through it on their own.
What Left Me Wanting More:
Given the rich number of stories about slavery, this one doesn’t add much to the canon beyond the lesser known element of the swamps. Sadly, this makes Unbound an overall forgettable book. Collections will likely be better served with works from Virginia Hamilton, Sharon Draper, Walter Dean Myers, and Julius Lester.