An edge of your seat story full of action but also full of strength, courage and hope!
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Blue Running by Lori Ann Stephens
Fourteen-year-old Bluebonnet Andrews is on the run across the Republic of Texas. An accident with a gun killed her best friend but everyone in the town of Blessing thinks it was murder. Even her father – the town’s drunken deputy – believes she did it. Now, she has no choice but to run. In Texas, murder is punishable by death.
There’s no one to help her. Her father is incapable and her mother left the state on the last flight to America before the secession. Blue doesn’t know where she is but she’s determined to track her down. First she has to get across the lawless Republic and over the wall that keeps everyone in.
On the road she meets Jet, a pregnant young woman of Latin American heritage. Jet is secretive about her past but she’s just as determined as Blue to get out of Texas before she’s caught and arrested. Together, the two form an unlikely kinship as they make their way past marauding motorcycle gangs, the ever watchful Texas Rangers, and armed strangers intent on abducting them – or worse. When Blue and Jet finally reach the wall, will they be able to cross the border, or will they be shot down in cold blood like the thousands who have gone before them?
Some things are worth dying for.
I really didn’t know what to expect with this story and wasn’t sure how it was going to conclude, but I will say that those final few pages had my heart racing and on the edge of my seat!
It was a little slow paced to begin with as it builds up to Blue running away, but once she meets Jet it picked up pace and really explored the lawless and often brutal new society they lived in.
There are many intense moments that will have you on the edge of your seat from shootouts with gangs, both girls getting separated to the epic final moments which are a real race against time. The author depicted each of these scenarios brilliantly that you couldn’t help but feel like you were also there and felt the pain that both of these young girls were going through in order to survive.
Overall this was a fantastic story which is full of action but also full of strength, hope and courage. Those last few pages were so emotional that they had me holding my breath!