Book Review: Freedom by Edidiong Esshiet

I was happy to receive a copy of this anthology, which is free on Smashwords. Let me start this book review of Freedom by Edidiong Esshiet by thanking all the authors who contributed to the creation of this astounding anthology. I don’t normally read such books, but I’m glad I gave it a shot.

(Review is spoiler free.)

Book review Freedom by Edidiong Esshiet

Freedom official cover art
Freedom official cover art

My rating: ★★★ (3/5)

Summary: A collection of art, stories and poems around the theme of freedom. Diverse, own voice authors from all around the globe unite to bring positivity, even during challenging times.

Genre: Anthology

Audience: Adult

Themes/potential trigger warnings: Covid-19 pandemic, thoughts & experiences

Pleasant to read, could use better formatting

There is a lot of sensibility coming from those works, and many references to how life can be in less wealthy parts of the world during the Covid-19 pandemic.

This is truly a diverse work that I believe everyone should read at least once. The short stories drew me in as they’re not all in the same genre, and they’re very mature reads.

I guess the downside to this anthology (and perhaps anthologies in general) is that eventually you scroll through. The short stories feel disconnected from each other. You hop from genre to genre, and that made me not want to read some. But what made me nitpicky was the formatting. I believe the eBook could have gone through better formatting to give us a higher resolution of the paintings, as I really wished I could see the paintings fully on my screen.

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