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Mexizona: An American Dream Kindle Edition
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Mexizona is a story of racism and xenophobia set at the Arizona-Mexico border, with a Romeo and Juliet spin. Until chapter 22, I could not identify a hero or heroine for the story. Racism (also greed, ambition, lack of empathy) is the villain, as manifested in the sheriff, among many others. Sheriff Foster isn't really an evil guy; he's doing what he thinks is right. His teenage daughter, Hannah, and Diego, a young illegal immigrant, are the lead characters.
Carson is so successful in his portrayal of the emotional anguish, conflicts and tragedies caused by racism that, for me, the book was heavy and depressing, pertinent though it may be. Hannah and Diego's story is one of love at first sight. They spend only stolen moments together, so their level of commitment appears immature and unrealistic. The ending is abrupt and, although not so tragic as R&J's, I didn't find it uplifting, either. In the book's description, Carson gives reading-level indicators and, because the novel is making a point, it does seem like a good one for a high school assignment. This appears to be a stand-alone novel, but if he'd planned a sequel, I'd pass, because I read for entertainment, and Mexizona is heart-wrenching.
I'd gladly purchase another Carson novel, though, and will be anticipating the second in the Gypsy Curse Trilogy. Keep writing, Mr. Carson!
I read e-books at the gym on the elliptical and a good book makes me forget about exercising. A great book makes me look forward to go to the gym so I can read it. Reading Mexizona, I sailed past my hour finish line so I could read more and the nonstop suspense inspired me to go faster, so I added extra miles to my workout.
My book group loves lively discussions and that's a guarantee after reading this book. I can't wait to share it with them.