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The Always War

The Always War
By Margaret Peterson Haddix
Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2011
Audience: Everyone

From Goodreads:
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.

Running Out of Time is one of my all-time favorite books. I've recommended it at work regularly. You can't go wrong with it. It's such an exciting story. This book captured a bit of that. There was definitely a surprise! I really liked it. It was a refreshing dystopian book. So many from that genre seem so alike now and this one had a new take on everything. Nothing could ever beat Running Out of Time, but this came pretty close!

This was in the Teen section at my library. I think it's more of a children's read, however. It was very short and romance didn't have a huge role. Older children transitioning to teen books would like it. Also, if someone is too young to read The Hunger Games, this is a good alternative.