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#1 in The Divide
Category: Dystopian Fiction
Average Rating: 2.0
The world is not the same place it once was. America, once united, now known as The Divide is a savage land where the vicious and remorseless survive. Follow the story of Stuart and Malcolm, two survivors of the wars that broke the country and sent life back several centuries.
Stuart has a past he would rather forget. He was placed in a position of leading a small group of survivors. Now, he struggles to keep the group together and safe, as well as work toward a future where they can live in harmony...well, sort of.
Malcolm is a young man who managed to hide out in a small community for as long as he could. Now, he ventures out in The Divide to find a safe haven. When he bumps into Stuart and his group, he finds a reason to stay.
Can they find a way to survive? With volatile groups, a faction with a score to settle, and wild beasts, will the group find a way to a safe place? Can they ever stop moving? How will the group handle being pushed to its limits? What will the group do to survive in The Divide?
This is not very realistic dystopian fiction. It's likely to appeal more to fans of the Hunger Games. There's lots of violent action, a touch of romance, but little real story.
The characters are well drawn, but Joshua Saxon's performance of these characters could have been better. His character voices are not distinctive enough and it's often very difficult to tell who is speaking during dialog. Otherwise, his narration is good.
Although the story is set up for future books in the series, it does not end in a cliffhanger. I commend the author for that.
Note: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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