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The Divided Nation (The Infidel Books #1)

By: Angela R. Watts

Publisher: Individual Published

Release Date: August 13th, 2019

Genres: Christian Fiction, Dystopian

Pages: 392 pages

Where You Can Buy It: Amazon

Add On: Goodreads

Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)



The United States has fallen. Three years after the 2024 presidential election and the declaration of martial law, the nation is at war against itself. Gangs battle, civilians struggle for survival, and officials of the United Nations thrive. West Johnston, heir to the most powerful ganglord in the country, refuses to continue the family legacy. But, in order to defeat his father, he must become him: bloodthirsty and willing to do whatever it takes for control.

West gains control by helping fellow gangsters, Nate and Simon, when they form an alliance with one of the last remaining townships in America. After years of surviving and winter fast approaching, Springtown is in desperate need of supplies from the two teenagers. When the town leader’s daughter, Rene’, is kidnapped by an unknown rival, Nate and Simon risk their reputations to save her and the town they now love. But without help from West, their rescue mission will fail.

Told in multiple bold, abrasive narratives, THE DIVIDED NATION steps into a future where brotherhood bonds must be stronger than iron to survive a broken world, and faith without courage is dust in the wind. 

My Review

I honestly have very mixed feelings about this book. I loved it but I also disliked for how real it was. It hurt me honestly. I cried, I cheered, and I cried some more. It’s scary to see how far our country really could go. This could happen people, not saying that it will, but it could. That is a really scary thing. 

My heart broke for every single character in this book, well not for George. George is a scumbag that I do not like at all. He can go away for all I care. All the boys, there are so many I won’t list them all, are so broken and I wanted to take away their pain. I cried for them. Their pain and what they were going through was so real. It hurt y’all, it hurt to watch teen boys go through hell like these boys did. 

Rene’ was such a sweet, loving, but also broken character that I love dearly. Her and Simon’s relationship made me smile. I am glad that Angela included their relationship because it felt real but it also was a small light in the midst of darkness. It made the book at times not as heavy of a read. 

The faith content y’all was amazing. I cannot tell you how much I appreciated all the faith content. It wasn’t too preachy, it wasn’t watered down either. It was gospel driven and straight from scripture. Ugh, my heart leap with happiness every time the guys or one of the Fishers’ mentioned anything about God. It was heartwarming to see the transformation of some of the characters throughout this novel. 

Overall, I adored this book so much. Sure it was a very heavy read but it was so worth the tears and misery that I as a reader went through. I am anxiously awaiting a sequel! 

The content was definitely more on the heavy side so if you are not good with lots of gore and just heavy war and gang violence then I would not recommend this book to you. This book as good as it is, is definitely PG-13 maybe even leaning more on the R scale a bit. 
However, if you are like me and can handle it I HIGHLY recommend reading. This is a book that I am praying will make it big! 

*FTC: I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.*

About the Author

Angela R. Watts is a Christian fiction author who strives to glorify the Lord in all she does. She’s a homeschooled highschooler living at Step By Step Sanctuary, Tennessee, though with Gypsy and Norwegian in her blood, she tends to travel. She’s been writing stories since she was little, but also enjoys chores, painting, and watching sunsets.

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US shipping only. If an international winner is drawn, they will receive an ebook only.

1st place: hardback copy of The Divided Nation. A custom mug with a quote from the book, bookmark, and an exclusive snippet from The Infidel Books.

2nd place: paperback copy of The Divided Nation, bookmark.

3rd place: ebook copy of The Divided Nation.

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