Eight teenagers escape imprisonment at a work camp to brave the wilderness. Tested to their limits, they struggle to survive their terrifying dash for freedom.
After the total collapse of the world economy, the United States could not stand together. So they failed separately. In the small region-state of Winnkota, poverty and greed are turning the idyllic Northwoods of Minnesota into a barren wasteland of clear-cut forests and over-fished lakes. Every able-bodied teenager is conscripted into a labor force and sent to work in harsh, prison-like conditions. They are enslaved young so they never learn to think for themselves. But Penn is different. He's determined to win back freedom - for himself, his friends, and someday for his homeland.
On a cold autumn night, the group makes their dash for freedom north of the border. The fugitives endure a series of difficult wilderness challenges while pursued by the ruthless camp guards. They weave through dense forest, scale cliffs, swim through the bitterly cold lakes, and otherwise try simply to survive. Pushing his friends to the breaking point, Penn guides the fugitives through a harsh, but ironically beautiful, backdrop of amazing Northwoods scenery. Adversity and loss abound, all while an unexpected physical attraction leads to a burgeoning love story.
Should any of them survive to reach the border, will the freedom found equal all that they expected?
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Kept me on the edge of my seat.
I love the storyline and I really loved the way it was performed. It's a story that pulls at your heart strings makes your heart race and takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride.
When they finally made it to the border, WOW just WOW!
No but he did awesome.
Oh absolutely, I couldn't "put it down." My daughter and I were like WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!
I'm going to read the rest of the series, this is well written and performed what a fabulous story.
- Lee Ryder
Determined youth escape
Can't do this without spoilers, but here goes. There are some deaths and the grieving scenes wrenched my heart.
When they made it to the other side.
What would you sacrifice for freedom?
This is a story about survival and perseverance. This group of kids has unbelievable determination, and even when they’re kicked in the teeth, they don’t give up. The author has done a wonderful job at bringing the reader into the story. At times I felt excitement and found myself cheering them on. At times of loss, I wanted to cry with the group. It’s a well-written story that flows well with strong characters. The narration is fantastic with sound effects that bring the story to life. The author intended the book for young adults, but it certainly knows no age limits for likeability. I highly recommend this read.
- Victoria Schwimley