Friday, May 25, 2012
"A house divided against itself cannot stand." Abraham Lincolin
"The Divide" tells the story of Abbie Cooper as an innocent teenager who was about to finish her high school days and who had close family ties. She loved her family and the life they had together.
Her family life seemed idyllic as she and her family went on their annual vacation to a dude ranch in Montana.
At the dude ranch, Abbie met and became romantically involved with a ranch hand, Ty Hawkins. One day, Ty brought Abbie to his parents ranch, a wondrous place where his father raised horses. She learns that companies are drilling for gas in the area and he's been notified that they will be drilling on his ranch. When his family and others in the area bought the land, the government only sold them the surface rights. The government kept the mineral rights and has been leasing the land to private companies.
Abbie and her family went on with their vacation and their lives seemed normal until her father, Ben, decided to leave the family for another woman.
This had a simmering adverse effect on Abbie. She picked a college in the west where she became involved in various protest movements. This progressed into more radical movements and hardened Abbie toward corporations who she felt were harming the ecology.
In this story, the author provides the reader with a well described story showing how divorce can destroy a family and that it is often the children who suffer the most. There was good pacing in the novel and Abbie was a well described character who the reader comes to feel sympathy for.
A quick and entertaining read.