Friday, October 20, 2017

Review: The Border @TheSteveSchafer

TITLE: The Border
AUTHOR: Steve Schafer
RELEASE DATE: September 5th 2017
PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Fire
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy


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...

Steve Schafer has a Masters in International Studies from the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Wharton. He grew up in Houston and has since had the privilege to live, work, volunteer, and travel internationally. The bulk of this experience has been in Latin America. His debut novel, The Border, was acquired by Sourcebooks Fire imprint and will be released September 5th, 2017. Steve lives near Philadelphia with his wife and two kids. 


It's crazy how your whole world can change in one second. One minute you are enjoying your cousin's Quinceañera and then, bang, bang bang... life as you knew it, is gone. Pato, Arbo, Marcos and Gladys are the only survivors of a mass murder carried out by narcos. Now, their only chance of staying alive is crossing the border.  But running from narcos can be as hard and dangerous as crossing to the States.

I have to give a standing ovation to the author not only did he picked a current and sensitive topic but also he wrote a masterpiece that captures what millions of people live every day trying to escape towards a better life. The journey to the other side is the scenario to witness the worst sides of humanity and life in extreme conditions, full with dangers and risks. We see how their will is tested and their survival instinct taking the lead.

The four teenagers are amazing characters. It's easy to love all of them and they are complex and real. We understand their fears and hopes and through them explore so many emotions that you end the book feeling a little emotionally tired.

The book is written with a YA audience in mind but I think all readers will enjoy it. The writing is excellent and the story has no flaws. 

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