The Illegal [electronic resource] : Hill, Lawrence.
- ISBN: 9781443415842
- Physical Description: 1 online resource 400 p.
- Publisher: [S.l.] : HarperCollins Canada, 2015.
Keita Ali is on the run.Like every boy on the mountainous island of Zantoroland, running is all Keitaâs ever wanted to do. In one of the poorest nations in the world, running means respect. Running means richesâuntil Keita is targeted for his fatherâs outspoken political views and discovers he must run for his familyâs survival.He signs on with notorious marathon agent Anton Hamm, but when Keita fails to place among the top finishers in his first race, he escapes into Freedom Stateâa 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 Hamm and the officials who would deport him to his own country, where he would face almost certain death.This is the new underground: a place where tens of thousands of people deemed to be âillegalâ live below the radar of the police and government officials. 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: John Falconer, a gifted student struggling to escape the limits of his AfricTown upbringing; Ivernia Beech, a spirited old woman at risk of being forced into an assisted living facility; Rocco Calder, a recreational marathoner and the immigration minister; Lula DiStefano, self-declared queen of AfricTown and madam of the communityâs infamous brothel; and Viola Hill, a reporter who is investigating the lengths to which her government will go to stop illegal immigration.Keitaâs 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 sisterâs life, too.Fast moving and compelling, The Illegal casts a satirical eye on people who have turned their backs on undocumented refugees struggling to survive in a nation that does not want them. Hillâs depiction of life on the borderlands of society urges us to consider the plight of the unseen and the forgotten who live among us.
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