Synopses & Reviews
For as long as Tessa can remember, her country has been at war. When local golden boy Gideon Thrall is awarded a medal for courage, itand#8217;s a rare bright spot for everyone in Tessaand#8217;s townand#8212;until Gideon refuses the award, claims he was a coward, and runs away. Tessa is bewildered, and canand#8217;t help but follow Gideon to find out the truth. But Tessa is in for more than she bargained for. Before she knows it, she has stowed away on a rogue airplane and is headed for enemy territory. But all that pales when she discovers a shocking truth that rocks the foundation of everything sheand#8217;s ever believedand#8212;a truth that will change the world. But is Tessa strong enough to bring it into the light?
"When 15-year-old Tessa attends a ceremony to honor her neighbor Gideon, a hero in a 70-year war that has worn down the society she lives in, she has no idea where his refusal of the award will lead them. Hope is a rare commodity in this future America, but Tessa finds just enough of it to follow Gideon onto a warplane he purchases on the black market. Along with another stowaway, they land in enemy territory, where Gideon hopes to make reparations for the lives he's taken; they discover, however, that everything they know about the war is an illusion. It's a smart premise, considering that the book's U.S. audience has basically grown up in a nation at war, yet Haddix's (Claim to Fame) story is more about uncovering the unreality of war than its truths. The novel has more than a few hints of The Wizard of Oz (one can almost feel the book switch from b&w to Technicolor), but its final revelations and the idea of this trio as its society's salvation don't feel believable, drawing focus away from the author's message. Ages 12 up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Margaret Peterson Haddix is the author of many critically and popularly acclaimed YA and middle grade novels, including The Missing series and the Shadow Children series. A graduate of Miami University (of Ohio), she worked for several years as a reporter for andlt;iandgt;The Indianapolis Newsandlt;/iandgt;. She also taught at the Danville (Illinois) Area Community College. She lives with her family in Columbus, Ohio. Visit her at HaddixBooks.com.