The Always War
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2011. 197 pp. Juvenile chapter book.
Tessa lives in a future United States, torn by war. When her childhood friend, Gideon, has what appears to be a nervous breakdown because of his involvement in the war effort, Tessa feels she must help, somehow. Together with Gideon and an unexpected third addition, Tessa uncovers strange, hard truths about the world they live in and begins to question everything she ever knew.
This book is a great option for kids wanting to read dystopian literature. Although there is action and adventure in this book, it's kept to a level that is approachable and comfortable for kids. I thought the story and characters had some interest, but this wasn't one of my favorite Haddix books. Still, it's entertaining enough to read once and kids who like futuristic adventure stories will enjoy it. Parents, be forewarned there is one objectionable word used sparingly at the end.