Friday, August 4, 2017

The Border by Steve Schafer

The Border
by Steve Schafer

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (September 5, 2017)
Genre: Drama
Hardcover: 360 pages
ISBN-10: 1492646830
ISBN-13: 978-1492646839
Available from: Amazon
 
One moment changed their lives forever.

A band plays, glasses clink, and four teens sneak into the Mexican desert, the hum of celebration receding behind them.

Crack. Crack. Crack.

Not fireworks―gunshots. The music stops. And Pato, Arbo, Marcos, and Gladys are powerless as the lives they once knew are taken from them.

Then they are seen by the gunmen. They run. Except they have nowhere to go. The narcos responsible for their families' murders have put out a reward for the teens' capture. Staying in Mexico is certain death, but attempting to cross the border through an unforgiving desert may be as deadly as the secrets they are trying to escape...

 
The Border by Steve Schafer

The BorderIncredible life drama and the terror of four young teens running for survival after they witness the brutal mass slaying of their families and a contract is put on their lives. They will flee from their homes in Mexico across the scorching desert only to face attempting an unplanned, illegal escape into the United States. They are clueless as to what will happen or if they will all make it, let alone, what they will do if they do cross that magic boundary.

Steve Schafer’s THE BORDER is as horrific as it is intensely magnetic as we take each step, feel each desperate emotion and can only hope they will all survive with the odds stacked against them and monsters on their heels.

The emotional toll on these teens is enormous and every single word or step they take comes alive in bitter and raw clarity. These are children forced into a world few adults could survive and their inner strength is nothing short of admirable, even as the truth that they have nowhere to go as a safe haven is heartbreaking. This is one of those reads that cannot be “unread” or forgotten.

I received an ARC edition from Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for my honest review.

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