The Illegal by Lawrence Hill.
This is the second book I’ve completed for the Canadian Book Challenge!!
Not sure when/why I had this book on my To Be Read list, but there it was and it counts for this Challenge because the author, Lawrence Hill, is Canadian.
This is the story of Keita Ali, a marathon runner from fictional Zantoroland, whose father is killed because of his political views. Keita flees from Zantoroland to Freedom State and lives there as an “illegal,” running in races to win money to survive and hiding from the authorities as well. He makes some friends along the way who help him out.
I found this book to be an okay read. It kept me interested but not so much that I couldn’t put it down. I was mildly curious as to what would happen. The ending tied up most of the loose ends which I always like 😉
The character Keita shows us what it means to be an undocumented person living in this way, in a strange country trying to survive without being caught and deported. Some of the fear that comes with that, the uncertainty (in Keita’s case) of whom he can trust. All felt very real. But thankfully there are good people in the world who are willing to stand up for those who are unable to stand up for themselves for whatever reason.
*My progress for this Challenge is 2/13!!!!!