In 2194, Zimbabwe’s Chief of Security keeps his country safe from gangs. But when his three children escape their hypersecure compound seeking adventure, they are quickly kidnapped and sold to work in a plastics mine. Three mutant detectives with psychic abilities search for the children, whose own attempts at saving themselves only get them deeper into trouble. When the children fall into the hands of Zimbabwe’s only remaining gang, the deadly Masks, it’s a race against time to save them.
I can’t say enough good things about Nancy Farmer. I’ve read three of her books and they all feature the most unusual settings, like futuristic Central America (House of the Scorpion), and complicated characters, such as the brutal but principled Viking leader in Sea of Trolls. All three are a little dark, but not without hope!