Another novel in the dystopian genre, The Always War by Margaret Haddix is set in a time when no one, not even the oldest person, can remember when their part of the world wasn’t at war. Shown through the eyes of teenage Tessa, the world is a pretty bleak place: little food, broken houses, tattered clothing, and zero hope. When their community finds out that a neighbor is being honored as a military hero, people are excited for the first time in ages, Tessa included. However, the honoree, a childhood friend and neighbor, refuses the award and runs from the stage declaring that he was a coward–an event that sets into motion a plot full of dangerous twists and turns that gets to the heart of the conflict. Tessa, the anti-hero Gideon, and a black marketer named Dek discover what might be the truth that could either save their world. . . or, if they’re wrong, completely destroy it.
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