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The Always War

by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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The Always War puts to mind of an image of a boy pretending to be his father by wearing his clothes and shoes. Similarly, this book passes off as a novel, but by all measure it feels like an over padded novella. In both cases, the differences ended up highlighting the lack (of height/story) even more. ( )
  timothyl33 | Jan 20, 2013 |
Seemed like a mix of Ender's Game and Hal the computer from 2001: A Space Odyssey but it was an interesting, compelling read. ( )
  bookwoman137 | Jul 2, 2012 |
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When 15-year-old Tessa attends a ceremony to honor her neighbor Gideon, a hero in a 70-year war that has worn down the society she lives in, she has no idea where his refusal of the award will lead them. Hope is a rare commodity in this future America, but Tessa finds just enough of it to follow Gideon onto a warplane he purchases on the black market. Along with another stowaway, they land in enemy territory, where Gideon hopes to make reparations for the lives he’s taken; they discover, however, that everything they know about the war is an illusion. It’s a smart premise, considering that the book’s U.S. audience has basically grown up in a nation at war, yet Haddix’s (Claim to Fame) story is more about uncovering the unreality of war than its truths. The novel has more than a few hints of The Wizard of Oz (one can almost feel the book switch from b&w to Technicolor), but its final revelations and the idea of this trio as its society’s salvation don’t feel believable, drawing focus away from the author’s message. Ages 12–up. ( )
  EBurggraf | May 12, 2012 |
In a war-torn future United States, fifteen-year-old Tessa, her childhood friend Gideon, now a traumatized military hero, and Dek, a streetwise orphan, enter enemy territory and discover the shocking truth about a war that began more than seventy-five years earlier. ( )
  ShellyPYA | Apr 26, 2012 |
I received this book from Simon & Schuster's Galley Grab. I love reading the books that Margaret Peterson Haddix writes. I know I can count on her to tell a great story that my kids will enjoy.

This book takes place in the future. For as long as everyone can remember they have been at war. The war has lasted over 75 years. Society is basically surviving without hope.

Tess is a teen who is going to a ceremony to see one of her old neighbors be awarded as a hero. The problem is that he doesn't see himself as a hero. He knows that he killed many people to get the award and runs out of his award ceremony.

Tess is stunned. She finds a way to see him and sees a young man who is going through post traumatic stress syndrome. He does some pretty risky acts to try to make things right.

This leads to an adventure into enemy territory. Tess follows Gideon as he buys a black market plane. Truth's that are shocking are revealed.

I was surprised by the twist at the end. It is a great story, quick to read and I think that kids will enjoy it. ( )
  Bookworm_Lisa | Nov 7, 2011 |
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In a war-torn future United States, fifteen-year-old Tessa, her childhood friend Gideon, now a traumatized military hero, and Dek, a streetwise orphan, enter enemy territory and discover the shocking truth about a war that began more than seventy-five years earlier.… (more)

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