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Julie Atwood is struggling with the day-to-day challenges of being a single mom. She works for a non-profit by day and clips coupons by night. The time in between is spent doing homework with her son. She wants a stable and secure life for him, but she needs a new start for herself. That won’t come easy, though. Julie is recently divorced, financially stressed, and still reeling from a violent attack in her past.

She is determined to make it on her own, however. She learns self-defense skills and enrolls in a women’s-only firearms class. That’s where she meets a likeminded woman who helps take her skills to the next level. Julie’s personal evolution continues as she uses her couponing know-how to stockpile essential food and survival supplies. She will become self-reliant - and never be a victim again.

The urgency of her efforts takes on new importance as society begins unraveling around her. America is divided. Conservatives and liberals are at war. Then the newly elected president cuts funding to so-called Sanctuary States, including her home state of Oregon. Julie loses her job. Everyone who lives off the government gets desperate. Riots. Crime. Fire.

Julie needs to flee to the safety of her family cabin in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Can she get there, though? There is an exodus of people, and the conservative states - now called Great States - have established border checkpoints. Refugees are being turned away. Will she be one of them? Will Steve, her ex-husband, let her take their son far away? Will he demand to go with them? There is a wildfire at hand. Civilization is crumbling. And Julie is running out of time.

The Divide is the first book in the A Great State trilogy.

©2018 Peanut Butter & Jelly LLC (P)2018 Peanut Butter & Jelly LLC

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Good book

Was a good book. If you liked 299 days. You will like this one as well. It was nice to see a prepper view point from a women's perspective.

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Great story, narrator missed the mark

Overall it was a great story. Caution: if you’re easily triggered by conservative viewpoints, you should probably skip this book. I listened to this on an eight-hour road trip. I enjoyed the story, although I do think the narration could have been better. The voice/reading was more akin to a romantic novel, rather than a dystopian thriller. Seemingly every paragraph ended in a broken whisper. Such use of language works well at crucial points of a story, but loses its effectiveness when overplayed.

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100% plausible

as a Eugene resident, I see these escalations. Shelby is a sharp Lady! Great read.

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Great outreach to a vulnerable population

We are all vulnerable to the siren call of government as intercessor between man and nature. But single mothers are particularly vulnerable. To them it must seem almost an irresistible temptation to view government as sole provider and protector. Short of that the corporate bureaucracy must seem nearly as tempting. But both of these are false gods. Single mothers with sons in particular must feel the strong pull toward the future environment in which their sons must make their way. This book shows great empathy for their plight. It reaches out for them in a way that no other book has.

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Great book

Very good storyline and a very good narrator. I can’t wait until the next book is released on Audible, that being said, just like the 299 Days series of books, I wish there were a few more chapters per book. She had me hooked, but just a little pricey...

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Great story from a female perspective

That being said it’s a great story regardless of the female perspective but a great entry into a survival mindset. Definitely not your run-of-the-mill apocalyptic survival stories. Very real and continues to put goosebumps on your skin to the end. Great job Shelby! Keep up the great work! I can’t wait for book 2.

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Superb and insightful! LISTEN TO IT!

I’ve been waiting for Shelby’s book for sometime now and she DOES NOT disappoint! Well worth the read for anyone, man or woman.
Men will get a good deal of insight into how a woman might see and react to the decent of Western Civilization here in the US.
Women who’ve perhaps never considered prepping/training will find a particularly excellent role model. I’m sending it to my daughter.

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Love it

Remarkable the insight, couldn’t put it down. I’ve been listening to Shelby on you tube and after 299 days by Glen, I had to hear Shelby’s book as well. Recommend for every prepper.

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A bit different but good.

This is a different twist on a SHTF story. Written From the single mother perspective. It lays out the way the collapse could happen. At the time of the review , these events are literally taking place in this nation. The book is refreshing yet scary because we are seeing that this is almost a playbook of how this will unfold. I also really like performer who did a really good job of nailing context and emotion.

Well done.

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Scarily accurate!

I couldn't tell if I was listening to the current news or something written years ago. Good stuff Shelby! On to book 2!

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