Stephen's dad is badly injured and Stephen must, for the first time, decide who he can trust himself; he has no one else to rely on. He needs help badly, his father will die without it, but he also doesn't want to be taken by the Slavers.
Stephen and his father end up in Settler's Landing, where Stephen finds, for the first time he can remember, a world full of families, barbeques, school, and baseball games. But can he trust the people here? Can he trust Jenny, a girl he meets in Settler's Landing?
This is a great story because the plot revolves around Stephen and the people he meets instead of gory fights and battles (although there is some violence and disturbing images.)
I think middle schoolers who liked Hunger Games will love this book. It's a faster read that has adventure, plot twists-and-turns, and even some romance.