Vali and her family are Columbians who live in a future America where undocumented immigrants are under assault. The government has given everyone microchipped and is tracked but Vali and her mother have fake chips and are surviving until a major crackdown occurs. California secedes from the US and forms a sanctuary… if you can make it there. Vali, her mother and brother set out to try to make it to the place where they won’t have to live in fear. But the journey is treacherous and quickly they are facing the worst of humanity.
This is YA so the violence we see is metered and yet still a gut punch. I want to say that this book is hard to believe and yet unfortunately every word of it was believable. I enjoyed Vali’s resilience and seeing this horrible plight via the eyes of youth. It should be mandatory reading to build empathy.
I read this one in honor of Hispanic / Latine Heritage month.
Where is your family originally from? Is immigration a part of your story?