Dani wants to leave her past mistakes behind, but it seems impossible after another arrest. As 100 Chicago fugitives compete for immunity on an online game show, Dani must evade trigger-happy cops and merciless saboteurs for five days. Making it to the final ten means winning a clean slate. If she fails, Dani will lose not only her freedom but her parents’ too.
THE HATE U GIVE meets BLACK MIRROR.
My best friend Alex doesn’t notice the camera at the end of the block. He steps off the curb, planning on jaywalking to avoid the long light.
I grab his arm. “Blue light.”
“Those cameras are useless.” Alex shoves past the people walking in the opposite direction. “My uncle got robbed over here the other day.”
“It’s robbin’ season. People gotta eat.” I bump into an older woman but don’t say sorry because people from Chicago don’t do two things—apologize or put ketchup on our hot dogs.
“Excuse you.” The lady acts like she’s better than me because she’s wearing Balenciaga shoes. Her stank face disappears when she gets a good look at me—a teenage girl in need of a shower and a hot meal. “Oh, my God. Harry, look at these kids.”
Harry keeps taking pictures of the graffiti-covered buildings and Christmas lights wrapped around the light poles with his fancy camera. “Are they on The Lawless?”
“Do we look like we’re on The Lawless?” Alex asks.
Harry finally faces us and checks out Alex through his camera lens. Dark brown skin like mine. Backward snapback with his freshest Jordan’s. Baggy sweatpants. Matching hoodie. “Um, yes?”
Alex rolls his eyes. “I ain’t no criminal.”
“Are you sure?” Harry asks.
Alex lunges forward, but I yank him back before he gives Harry a well-deserved beatdown. “Remember the camera.”