The Always War, written by Margaret Peterson Haddix, is a perfect fit for anyone who loves futuristic, dystopian novels such as The Hunger Games. I've read this author's Shadow Children series and loved it. This book has been in my classroom library for quite a while and I'm glad I had a chance to finally read it.
Tessa has lived her whole life knowing nothing but war. Everyone around her has been beaten down and seems to have given up. But Tessa has some hope. She reads books left to her by her grandparents, fairy tales and folklore such as The Wizard of Oz. She wants to have a better life, but she just doesn't know how. One day, a neighbor, Gideon, returns home from military duty as a hero. There is to be a huge celebration for his accomplishments. This is about as good as it gets for the people of her town. But in the middle of it, Gideon cries out and runs from the stage. She chases after him, and eventually gets to know him a little bit. One night, she sees him sneak out of his house. She notices someone following him and in a panic, she decides to follow.
This fateful decision leads her on a journey into the war zone and "enemy" territory with Gideon and a new companion, Dek. The three teens eventually learn more than anyone ever imagined about the so-called "always war".
Be sure to let me know if you've read this book! And leave a comment about your current summer reading!