Review: The Border by Steve Schafer

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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…

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction
My rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Thank you to Netgalley for providing this copy in exchange for a honest review

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This review contains no spoilers

To be honest, when I first started reading this book I didn’t know if I was going to like it or not since I have never read a book like this before.

The Border is a book about illegal immigration. Four Mexican teenagers are passing the border to get into the United States after a gang kills almost everybody at a 15 year olds birthday party. Pato, Arbo, Marcos and Gladys are forced to flee after one of the gang members is killed.

I liked the book it was a real page-turner but for some reason I didn’t get quite attached to the characters. There were aslo a few situtations where the it was quite unbelievable that the characters got out of it. That’s why I’m giving this a lower rating.


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