Title: The Divide
Author: Jolina Petersheim
My rating 4 out of 5 stars.
The Divide is the sequel to The Alliance written by the same author. The story is unique in posing the question how would different people handle life if the USA was attacked by an EMP. While the Amish and some Mennonite communities are used to living with the essentials and not dependent on anything electronic, other factions of society are very dependent on these convivences.
What happens in the novel shows how it could change or affect people’s beliefs, behaviors and just trying to live each day. The two main characters, Moses and Leora, whom we met in The Alliance, are each trying to do what they can in two different communities. Moses is an interesting character who is drawn to Leora and yet is bound by his choices in the past. Leora has been shouldering the care of her family for years and now it is even harder to provide for them as they seek to find a place to live within the community away from dangerous factions of people who are searching for “workers”.
The story for me was interesting though some parts were a little hard to stomach such as the killing of animals for food even though the author doesn’t overly describe that in too much detail. Leora’s choices really seem to change as she experiences life that is on the brink of starvation. Plus, a mercenary group seems to be looking for the community and she acts contrary to what the community adheres to. The conflict in her heart to protect those she loves and the community lead to actions that I am not sure an Amish woman would do. The blooming romance between her and Moses is another factor in the story. He isn’t Amish, but the relationship develops and deepens. They get to live in the community. Life is no longer what it once was so these choices might be made when one doesn’t know what the next day brings. Through some of it I just wondered if Leora was committed to her Amish beliefs if she would have acted as she did in the tale. Either way I enjoyed the book as well as The Alliance and highly recommend both.
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