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Ben H. Winters' 'Underground Airlines' trailer

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In Ben H. Winters’ chilling alternate history, Underground Airlines, it’s still present day, but there’s one big change: The Civil War never happened, and slavery is still common practice in four states called “the Hard Four.” A young black man named Victor, who tries to forget memories of his own plantation upbringing, works as a bounty hunter for the U.S. Marshall Service, chasing a runaway called Jackdaw. But as he tries to do his job — which he knows is wrong — he uncovers government secrets and meets a young woman who will change his life.

EW is thrilled to reveal the trailer for Underground Airlines exclusively, above. Underground Airlines flies to a shelf near you July 5, 2016.

Winters’ previous works include Bedbugs, The Last Policeman series, and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (part of the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies series).