1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $32.20

Buy for $32.20

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

Cofounder of the Women's March makes her YA debut in a near-future dystopian tale where a young girl and her brother must escape a xenophobic government to find sanctuary. 

It's 2032, and in this near-future America, all citizens are chipped and everyone is tracked—from buses to grocery stores. It's almost impossible to survive as an undocumented immigrant, but that's exactly what 16-year-old Vali is doing. 

She and her family have carved out a stable, happy life in small-town Vermont, but when Vali's mother's counterfeit chip starts malfunctioning and the Deportation Forces raid their town, they are forced to flee. Now on the run, Vali and her family are desperately trying to make it to her Tía Luna's in California, a sanctuary state that is currently being walled off from the rest of the country. 

But when Vali's mother is detained before their journey even really begins, Vali must carry on with her younger brother across the country to make it to safety before it's too late. 

Gripping and urgent, coauthors Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher have crafted a narrative that is as haunting as it is hopeful in envisioning a future where everyone can find sanctuary. 

©2020 Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher (P)2020 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

A 2022 Garden State Teen Book Award Nominee (NJ)

A 2021-2022 Green Mountain Book Award Nominee (VT)

A 2021 Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year

A 2021 YALSA Best Fiction Book For Young Adults

A 2020 School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

A 2020 Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year 

A Teen Vogue Book Club Pick 

“In their portrayal of Vali’s family’s quest for safety, the authors beautifully mirror the treacherous, painful, and terrifying treks involving natural and human threats that migrants to the U.S. undertake as they traverse continents and oceans…Wrenching and unmissable.” —Kirkus, starred review

“[This] stunning work of YA dystopian fiction . . . is a triumph in its genre and so politically astute that it sears.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“The all-too-possible future in this suspenseful dystopian novel amplifies the undocumented immigrant experience in the U.S.” —Booklist

What listeners say about Sanctuary

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    59
  • 4 Stars
    10
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    55
  • 4 Stars
    4
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    52
  • 4 Stars
    9
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

must read

This book is a must-read for all generations, nationalities, religions, etc. May this only be a "What if" book and not a reality. May we love each other and our differences and not look to hate those that are different.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

have your tissue close at hand

loved this book! the story is heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. couldn't stop listening.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Wow! This book will make you feel everything!

This book is amazing and just a glimpse of one persons story where there are so many more. This is definitely a book that will make you feel love and hate and realize the future is now. The world continues to push forward even when we are not moving.
Reminds you to be … be a part of something to help make a difference. Don’t just stand by to become numb to pain and suffering. Let that fuel you to do more for those that cannot or do not have the means to do so.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely Beautiful.

I needed this book. I needed the pain of the truth with the hope of the future. It took me on a journey that my heart was desperately craving. I don’t know how to express just how beautiful and moving it was.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A life-changing Novel

This is a book that will open one's eyes to the reality of many immigrants.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

So near the truth, not for the faint of heart.

Struggled with the content; devasting truth that runs through the story. The voices were spot on whiney, frustrating child that breaks one's heart with fear and desperation to quiet and comfort.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

What could’ve been...

If we continued under the same administration.

I enjoyed this book although it was heartbreaking. A lot of families have gone through Vali’s journey, so this book was realistic. It’s a good book to recommend to others and raise awareness.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Hard topic to discuss

This book didn't make sense to me. People come to the U.S. because there is opportunity and safety here, but this book imagined a time where this was not the case for any person here without papers. It imagined not just deporting people, but making them slaves, torturing them, and keeping them in chains. This is evil on the level of genocide. Yes, I think it's possible that this might happen in the future, but why would families still stay here if that was the case? I can't imagine that someone's home country would be worse than what immigrants go through in this book. If I saw the signs of this happening in the country where I live, I would leave, especially if I had children. Why stay somewhere and work your tail off for little pay in a country that doesn't appreciate you and wants to literally hunt you and your loved ones down. It makes no sense.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ma
  • 09-10-20

Powerful, Vulnerable, terrifyingly hopeless and faithfully hopeful.

WOW! Incredible! Absolutely incredible.
I couldn’t stop listening to it. I stayed up late and woke up early to see what happens next. I was hanging on to every word...or, every word was hanging on to me, to my heart, to my soul.
The words were leading me, pulling me, to know more, and at the same time feeling known by this book’s existence.
Feeling seen by its words.
WOW! Yes, I say wow again, because there are no words I can conjure up to accurately share how magnificent this book is, and How much I wish everyone would read it.
I wish it was read in Highschool, in College, by The Oprah Book Club, by Activist Shaun King, so that everyone can read it too.
This book is Powerful, Vulnerable, terrifyingly hopeless and faithfully hopeful, just like I imagine its author to be. Like I am.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A Handmaid’s Tale Like Page Turner - A Must Read

If you are counting the days until the U.S. 2020 elections, if you loved A Handmaid’s Tale tv series or book, if you love the United States but are so sad about what Trump and his gang have done to our country, you must immediately listen to/read Sanctuary. Mendoza and Sher have written a classic that makes you laugh, cry, cheer, fear and hope while inspiring you to do what you can to fight hate, climate change, and dehumanizing immigration policies.

I finished the book in 24 hours - I had trouble “putting the book down” because the authors have created such lovable characters who are so easy to root for. They have also created a world that seems so real if we don’t all vote and do what we can to make positive changes. Living in California right now not able to go outside because the air quality is so bad and ready to evacuate from fires if necessary, the dystopian world they have created doesn’t seem far away at all.

Note about the narration: This is read by one of the authors. It isn’t the high quality recording I’m used to on audible and I would have preferred a more experienced narrator. It distracted from the story at times but not so much that I wouldn’t recommend listening.

I hope this becomes required reading in high schools.