It has been a year since I picked up a piece of post-apocalyptic fiction to read. It is not that I dislike the genre, but rather that most of what I was reading from the new crop of titles was a retelling of the same old story. There were stories of collapse and how the lead characters prevailed during times of duress and chaos. There were macho heroes and each book told a compelling story with lessons to be learned and strategies to think about along the way.
Still, in spite of all of that, I stopped reading because the lessons were old and added nothing new to my knowledge base. I was bored.
About a month ago I learned of a new title that was set to be released on Patriots Day in the United States. Upon reading the summary, I decided it was time to get back in the game. I liked the premise: a young, single mom, taking incremental steps to learn to defend herself and to prepare for life in a society full of entitlements and governments bought and sold by controlling politicians with corporations in their back pockets.
With that introduction, I would like to introduce you to The Divide from a new author, Shelby Gallagher.