July 2012 Indie Next List
“This book is not typical dystopian fare. The future is now. Radley, a volunteer at a Haitian orphanage, has rushed home to Vermont after hearing of political turmoil in the U.S. She is shocked by what greets her: restrictions, regulations, curfews, and crowds of armed soldiers patrolling the streets. Readers feel Radley's growing terror at a homeland that is nearly unrecognizable. The grimness of Radley's circumstance is countered by depictions of New England's stunning landscape with 50 photographs by Hesse illustrating the book. Safekeeping tackles timely issues that reflect the divisiveness in American politics. Not to be missed!”
— Christopher Rose, Andover Bookstore, Andover, MA
Radley’s parents had warned her that all hell would break loose if the American People's Party took power. And now, with the president assassinated and the government cracking down on citizens, the news is filled with images of vigilante groups, frenzied looting, and police raids. It seems as if all hell has broken loose.
Coming back from volunteering abroad, Radley just wants to get home to Vermont, and the comfort and safety of her parents. Travel restrictions and delays are worse than ever, and by the time Radley’s plane lands in New Hampshire, she’s been traveling for over twenty-four hours. Exhausted, she heads outside to find her parents—who always come, day or night, no matter when or where she lands—aren’t there.
Her cell phone is dead, her credit cards are worthless, and she doesn’t have the proper travel papers to cross state lines. Out of money and options, Radley starts walking. . . .
This is a vision of a future America that only Karen Hesse could write: real, gripping, and deeply personal.
About the Author
Newbery winner Karen Hesse re-creates Cook's momentous voyage through the eyes of this remarkable boy, creating a fictional journal filled with fierce hurricanes, warring natives, and disease, as Nick discovers new lands, incredible creatures, and lifelong friends.
“By turns tender and terrified, Jenna Lamia’s voice brings tight focus to this first-person account of 17-year-old Radley’s efforts to find her way home after political upheaval rocks the U.S…Lamia holds on to listeners’ sympathy for the dumpster diving heroin, who is so fearful that she never musters the courage to ask what’s going on as she focuses on day-to-day survival.” – AudioFile Magazine, winner of AudioFile Earphones Award
“Narrator Jenna Lamia delivers an entertaining, top-notch performance; her reading of this first person tale is crisp and well paced, and she proves completely convincing playing a maturing teenage girl, lending Radley a youthful voice that is soothing and earnest. Because of her quality narration, the audiobook is compelling throughout.” – Publishers Weekly
“Jenna Lamia provides expert narration.” – School Library Journal
“The focus of the story, set in the near future, is primarily on Radley’s emotions and fears, and Lamia’s reading pace and varied pitch highlight the teenager’s uneasiness.” – Booklist