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The Divide

A Great State, Book 1
Narrated by: Lessa Lamb
Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (196 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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 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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100% plausible

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

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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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So-So story TERRIBLE narration

I've read a worse books than this, in fact this book could be okay I guess, but the narrator is absolutely horrible. She sounds like she's whispering from the back of your throat throughout the entire book. please find a different narrator for the rest of the books in the series.

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Finally a strong woman that isn't a SEAL and ninja

Just an all around good book that is realistic without the main character being the only woman in Delta and the top sniper along with being a ninja. I love the coupon cutting actually, it was a great tip for this non millionaire with 15 years of preps stockpiled.

Very well written and narrated.

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Excellent!

Very good, very relevant. I especially enjoyed the preface by Glen Tate (the only other book in the genre I'd say is comparable). I only hope this series will explode into a 10 book epic like 299 Days.

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A Worthwhile SHTF Adventure

I was pleasantly surprised and entertained by this story. This story is a welcome change of view in this genre. I believe this book will appeal to a wide variety of people, and I hope this book will help motivate the women in my life. I appreciate that this book is clean and not filled with obscene or foul language, so I can recommend this to everyone I know. I can't wait to read the next book!

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fabulous!

This is a delightful, well written novel that addresses real concerns and provides practical solutions to real problems. More like this!!!