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4.0 out of 5 stars I cannot wait for the second one!, December 12, 2011
This review is from: Children of Paranoia (Hardcover)
I think every review that I have seen of this book says the following:

ALL WARS HAVE RULES
Rule Number One: No killing innocent bystanders.
Rule Number Two: No killing anyone under the age of eighteen.
BREAK THE RULES, BECOME THE TARGET

But no one really highlights the fact that this is a love story.
I have been struggling to write this review- talking about it to anyone who will listen to me, mulling it over in my mind and trying to find the perfect movie to compare it to. Why a movie? It has this artsy, choreographed feel to it- the book ebbed and flowed fluidly and just begged The Coen Brothers to direct it. This is a good book that could be great. And maybe it was. I am so torn on this. I typically read a book in a day or two at most. This took me about a week. I wanted to know how it ended, but I wasn't dying to know. I enjoyed the main character Joseph, but didn't love him. I appreciated Maria- the woman he falls in love with but wasn't fully engaged.

This book is about a war which 2 dangerous parties are fighting- but no one knows exactly why. And Joseph gets a glimpse of humanity when he meets Maria. They fall in love instantly and she accepts him as the solider he is. And then..... She gets pregnant. Now having a baby with a killer is one thing. But being underage and having a baby with a killer- totally unacceptable. The rules say if you are under 18 and get pregnant, you must give up your child to the other side.
And that is exactly what happens. Until Book 2 hopefully!

This was some great writing- very understated and believable. Trevor Shane is a master with words- the way he described the war made me wonder if it is actually real and going on right now. Which was the scariest part. Overall, great book- especially if you like action and a lot of romance! Without it being girly and mushy. Just the right recipe.
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