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The Divide by Nicholas Evans
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May 24, 2012

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Two skiers find Abbie Cooper's body frozen in a mountain creek.

Abbie had been wanted for murder and ecoterrorism but how did she come to be in this isolated place and be shot?

"The Divide" tells the evolving of Abbie Cooper from an innocent teenager with a happy family life to a radical environmentalist.

He family vacationed at a dude ranch and she met a ranch hand, Ty Hawkins, who she becme fond of. Ty took her to his family's ranch where she saw the beauty and joy Ty's father had in his ranch and the horses he raised. However, he said that ranches nearby were being drilled on for gas. When the people bought their property, they were only sold surface rights and the government kept the mineral rights. Now they were leading the land to coprorations.

After a time, when their vacation had ended, Abbie's father informed the family that he wasn't happy and was leaving them. He didn't admit that there was another woman, although it came out, and Abbie told him he was ruining their lives.

Abbie picked a college in the west and became active in various protest movements. This progressed into more radical movements and she became hardened.

The author provides two lessons for his readers. In one, he shows the devistating effect on a person's family after divorce and how it is often the children who suffer most. Another lesson was the uncaring attitude from these corporations who often took family's livlihood away from them.

A quick and entertaining story but not up to the drama of "The Horse Whisperer."

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