The Illegal

The Illegal

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2016 | Unabridged
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When Keita, a boy on the island of Zantoroland is targeted for his father’s outspoken political views and discovers he must run for his family’s survival. He escapes into Freedom State—a wealthy island nation that has elected a government bent on deporting the refugees living within its borders in the community of AfricTown. Keita can stay safe only if he keeps moving and eludes the officials who would deport him to his own country, where he would face almost certain death. As Keita surfaces from time to time to earn cash prizes by running local road races, he has to assess whether the people he meets are friends or enemies. Keita’s very existence in Freedom State is illegal. As he trains in secret, eluding capture, the stakes keep getting higher. Soon, he is running not only for his life, but for his sister’s life, too.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, ℗2016, ©2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781470394066
Branch Call Number: HIL
Characteristics: 10 audio discs (approximately 12 hours, 15 minutes) : CD audio, digital ; 12 cm
audio file,CD audio
Additional Contributors: Emery, Gideon 1972-

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JordanPedersen Jul 26, 2017

This was the first book that I have read (or should I say, listened to) by Lawrence Hill, and I greatly enjoyed it. For me, the narrator was mediocre, but the story itself was interesting, timely, and flowed naturally. The fictional Zantoroland and Freedom State were believable and thinly veiled amalgamations of the best and worst real countries today.
"The Illegal" is compelling for the way it personalizes the refugee crisis happening globally, and it's hard look at racism and political apathy.
Overall, I would certainly recommend it, though I agree with one of the other commenters that the ending tied up a little too neatly for my liking.

bandblair Apr 11, 2016

Excellent narrator. The story itself didn't thrill me like The Book of Negroes. Everything tied up too nicely at the end.

lotuslori_8 Apr 04, 2016

Those who are expecting another Book of Negroes, may be disappointed. This story is a bit more light-weight and predictable. I would hardly describe it as a "taut political thriller". However, I did enjoy the story.

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