The Mona Passage is not a book I would notmally pick out, but I really enjoyed the change in pace from my normal genres. This book has characters that feel so real at times I had to double check that it wasn't a true story. It's not real in the overly gritty way most books are, it was authentic with characters that had full backstories and understandable motivations.
This book also tackles the very timely issue of immigration. Specifically illegal immigration. There are many reasons why someone may want to flee theur place of birth, and this story does a great job exploring some of those reasons. The moral and ethical divide between the duty of the main character and what his heart says to do makes for a very compelling glimpse into issues most people don't consider on a day to day basis.
I think this is a great book if you want some good for thought.