The Illegal

The Illegal

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Keita Ali has nothing: no bank account, no papers, no legal identity. A runner, he has fled home-- a brutal dictatorship that produces the world' s fastest marathoners-- to live as an illegal refugee in a wealthy western nation, surviving on winnings from local races. But the government is cracking down on illegal immigrants, so Keita-- who will be executed if he is deported to his homeland-- goes underground. Now, a series of crises call for him to earn quick money: an unscrupulous businessman targets him, a serious health problem erupts, and, most troublingly, officials in Keita' s native country kidnap his sister, threatening to execute her unless he pays a ransom. As Keita struggles to resolve these problems, he discovers a troubling political connection between his native and his adopted country.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, Md. : Recorded Books ; [Prince Frederick, Md.] : [Distributed by] OneClick Digital, 2015, p2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781470394073
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Recorded Books, Inc

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JordanPedersen
Jul 26, 2017

This was the first book that I have read (or should I say, listened to) by Lawrence Hill, and I greatly enjoyed it. For me, the narrator was mediocre, but the story itself was interesting, timely, and flowed naturally. The fictional Zantoroland and Freedom State were believable and thinly veiled amalgamations of the best and worst real countries today.
"The Illegal" is compelling for the way it personalizes the refugee crisis happening globally, and it's hard look at racism and political apathy.
Overall, I would certainly recommend it, though I agree with one of the other commenters that the ending tied up a little too neatly for my liking.

bandblair Apr 11, 2016

Excellent narrator. The story itself didn't thrill me like The Book of Negroes. Everything tied up too nicely at the end.

lotuslori_8 Apr 04, 2016

Those who are expecting another Book of Negroes, may be disappointed. This story is a bit more light-weight and predictable. I would hardly describe it as a "taut political thriller". However, I did enjoy the story.

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