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Reviews - HOUSE DIVIDED

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"The current political climate and many voices in America have made the setting of House Divided more imaginable. No matter where the reader stands on immigration, Sanchez’s message of “the dangers of extremism – on both sides of this explosive issue” is especially imperative. I look forward to reading the conclusion of this riveting trilogy."
Neworld Review - Michael Carey


"House Divided, sequel to the award-winning America Libre, blends a delightful cast of unlikely heroes, unsavory but complex villains, and tales of familial, ethnic, and national conflicts, all delivered in riveting, bite-sized, suspenseful chapters. Author Raul Ramos y Sanchez combines futuristic visions of a deeply divided nation with provocative critiques of global and national political foibles and problems all too recognizable today. He compels us to care about the novel's characters and to recognize the complexities and difficulties of their all-too-human condition."
Richard W. Slatta, Ph.D.– Professor of History, North Carolina State University


"The kind of novel I enjoy most is based on a good story, well told, with compelling characters. House Divided hits all those marks. It not only held my interest from beginning to end but provoked thought about the state of Anglo-Hispanic relations in this country (or, to use the book's slang, between "Baldies" and "Panchos"). Raul Ramos's gripping novel raises questions about where we're headed on this divide that we ignore at our peril. If you enjoy a good read and want to learn something while reading, House Divided is your book."
Ralph Keyes - best-selling author of Is There Life After High School?


“This book has an inherent momentum and literary integrity that keeps readers turning the page. At times HOUSE DIVIDED reads like a well-paced, multi-layered political novel. At times it reads like a vivisection of race troubles in America. At times it reads like a family saga, at times like a thriller. It is all of those, but most of all it's a page-turner.”
Rebecca Coffey – writer, documentary filmmaker and radio commentator.


"It's a fascinating story about a near-future world in which the United States has turned on itself. Hispanics are no longer citizens and have been placed in quarantine zones. The country is at war with itself and the characters are fighting that war, not just with each other, but in their hearts as well. Raul Ramos y Sanchez has written a tremendous book in House Divided."
David Weedmark - award-winning author and poet


"The struggle to grow up in a harsh, racist, and war-torn world world will be of interest to all YAs, particularly those who have faced similar hardships in their own lives."
Booklist - Julie Hunt


"At turns, exciting, pensive and heartbreaking, House Divided is delivered as a body blow to the American conscience. The novel picks up where the preceding one left off. But this time, the positions are far more polarized, the brutality far more horrific … on both sides. The central character is once again Manolo Suarez, a leader of the resistance, who is forced to fight for the survival of his people and his family. Suarez is a richly compelling character; not a willing warrior, but a tortured, complex man often at war with his own soul. In this book as in the first, there are no easy choices and no simple solutions. Each of the characters face gut-wrenching decisions that determine their own fate, as well as the outcome of the struggle. Inevitably and tragically, they lose a part of themselves in the process. Read the book. Read the headlines. And for God’s sake, think about what kind of country you want to live in."
Dom Cimei - writer and creative director


"Powerful. Realistic. Terrifying. Thrilling. Spellbinding."
Latina Book Club


This is not the type of book I usually read (my attention usually strays at the first sign of military jargon), so I was surprised how quickly I became absorbed into the story; I could not put the book down.
The Feminist Texican


"From a woman's perspective, I especially liked Rosa's relationship with Celia, a local curandera (faith healer); but I don't want to spoil this engaging novel for you by giving away the good parts. Just put this one on your "must read" list."
Rose A. Valenta - author of Sitting on Cold Porcelain


"Rarely have I seen a storyline that is so educational, thought-provoking and yet (dare I say?) fun! Ironic that the author is able to do this with a current topic that is both so timely and also so painful: immigration and the perception of Latinos in the mainstream U.S. lens. And yet he does. Reading this book is like watching an action adventure movie. However, at the same time, it's a drama and you come to care about the characters."
Aurelia E. Flores


"I'm a huge fan of this author (Raul Ramos y Sanchez) and I was thrilled when I heard that his second book, House Divided was out. If you read and liked his first book (America Libre), you'll love House Divided. It's a book that makes you feel like you are right there in the story with the characters (Rosa is my favorite). I usually take a few weeks to read a book, but I read House Divided in a few days because I needed to know what was going to happen next. I can't wait for my friends to finish the book so we can talk about it!"
Diane Dolan


"House Divided is one of those novels that you'll probably read in one or two sittings and find it hard to put down, wishing when you reach "The End" that there was more "
Mark Parker


"The character development in this book was so well done, you could read it and love it even if you hadn't read Raul Ramos y Sanchez's first book, America Libre. The setting and plot were very gripping, and I had a hard time putting the book down, even when it was finished. Already, I can't wait for the next one!."
Donna Haller Pitstick


"It's a great read, entertaining and engaging. But reading it with an awareness of what's happening in our nation right now makes it seem like a history book written in the near future, an amazing concurrence of fiction, the past, and the potential future of the United States of America regarding what may be its most influential current segment. The author's perspective provides such a balanced view that it's difficult at times to know which side to cheer for.  "
Robert P. Englert


"Our people. A phrase full of goodness that, to history's great shame, is used time and time again to manipulate those unwilling to see. Our people: Latinos who kill other Latinos for daring to disagree. Our people: Colleagues who ally under patriotic rhetoric one day only to sabotage each other the next. Our people: Soldiers who bury themselves in hatred to numb the similarities they see between `us' and `them'. In the second book in the America Libre triology, Raul Ramos y Sanchez takes the reader on a somber and dizzying journey through the maze of what it is to be "our people". Raul shows the reader many angry voices in this maze - voices who believe their path to be straight and true, but who find that even with their victories they are dragged into a hopeless tangle of hypocrisy, pain and misery that offers solace to no one. "Our people!" they cry. In this book, bombs are launched, revolutions are staged, and blood is splattered, and when the dust settles the ones left standing cannot define themselves or their cause so easily. And this, and only this, is the beginning of their hope."
Sara Templeton


"Raul Ramos y Sanchez has taken this, his second novel, to new heights. As I read through the pages of House Divided I felt the fluidity of the story as if I had never put down his first novel, America Libre. I absolutely love the way Raul brings a new twist to his tale of an America divided by civil war. This novel, much like his first, is a must read for all."
Efrain Ortiz Jr.


"Exciting. Thought-provoking. House Divided really pulls at this readers heart strings. Book Clubs will find the questions in the Reading Group Guide to be useful for initiating discussions. The highly-anticipated second installment of the America Libre Trilogy, House Divided, will be another successful book for award winning Cuban-American author, Raul Ramos y Sanchez. I can't wait to see what happens in his next book "
Sophin Zoe Pruong McCreery


"I absolutely loved House Divided. I found the book to be action packed and very easy too read, which I read straight through in one day. What I love about the book is that we are seeing a lot of activities on our southern borders, so the book's premise feels believable. I think this series would make a great movie; again I find myself awaiting the final installment."
Allan Coulson




 
 
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