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Survive the Dome by Kosoko Jackson // Book Review


Black Lives Matter meets Attack the Block with a dash of Under the Dome in this stunning story of teens using their talents to liberate a city from unjust police occupation

Jamal Lawson just wanted to be a part of something. As an aspiring journalist, he packs up his camera and heads to Baltimore to document a rally protesting police brutality after another Black man is murdered.

But before it even really begins, the city implements a new safety protocol…the Dome. The Dome surrounds the city, forcing those within to subscribe to a total militarized shutdown. No one can get in, and no one can get out.

Alone in a strange place, Jamal doesn’t know where to turn…until he meets hacker Marco, who knows more than he lets on, and Catherine, an AWOL basic-training-graduate, whose parents helped build the initial plans for the Dome.

As unrest inside of Baltimore grows throughout the days-long lockdown, Marco, Catherine, and Jamal take the fight directly to the chief of police. But the city is corrupt from the inside out, and it’s going to take everything they have to survive.



The bleakest, most realistic dystopian novel I have read, this story is one that I could see becoming reality within a few years, and balances the more futuristic elements with events that we already recognise – Black Lives Matter protests, violent cops and corrupt Governments.

I loved that this book had Queer rep! There’s a moment when Jamal reflects on his and Marco’s fast connection, and acknowledges that they might have connected faster due to the situation, which felt accurate. There’s no insta-love or the like in this story, just two people clinging on to each other during the sheer chaos of the situation.

We never really got a good grip of who the hackers Nemesis were, as they were introduced early on then quickly disappeared before reappearing later. I did feel like I was missing a little something off of the ending, and it did leave room for a potential sequel – I don’t yet know if this is a standalone or not.

Have you read this book? Let me know in the comments!

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One thought on “Survive the Dome by Kosoko Jackson // Book Review

  1. Great review! This cover is so great and I’m glad to see you enjoyed the story too. I don’t read a lot of dystopian fiction anymore but this does sound really good and there are some things you’ve pointed out here that make me more curious about it, so I think I’ll defo have to keep an eye out for it!

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