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Review of Safekeeping by Karen Hesse

by Cindy H | Jun 02, 2017
Radley was volunteering at the Paradis des Enfants orphanage in Haiti when the American People's Party took power. The president has been assassinated and the United States is in a state of turmoil. When she heard the news, she rushed to fly home to be with her parents. The orphanage director said he would make sure they knew she was coming, but when she arrives at the airport they are nowhere to be seen. Her cell phone is dead and communications are spotty at best; it seems the United States is a war zone. There are military personnel everywhere and travel has been restricted; no one is allowed to cross state lines without prior authorization. She needs to cross from New Hampshire to Vermont, but without travel papers there is no way she can take a bus. Trying to be as inconspicuous as possible, she decides to walk the dozens of miles home. Starving and exhausted, Radley manages to make it home to Vermont, only to find that her parents are missing. Perhaps they are looking for her? She decides to wait for them, but then police start to show up and with all the confusion she is certain they are after her. Radley soon feels she has no choice but to begin the long and dangerous trek to Canada, a safe haven from the chaos in the United States. Will she ever see her parents again?

I really enjoyed this book. The writing is from Radley's point of view, so you really feel like you are experiencing her journey along with her. I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in dystopian literature, like the Hunger Games or Divergent series, but appreciates a story that seems like it could really take place in present-day United States. Click the picture of the book's cover to place on hold!
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