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The Divided Nation (The Infidel Books, #1)

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The United States has fallen. Three years after the 2024 presidential election and the declaration of martial law, the nation is at war against itself. Gangs battle, civilians struggle for survival, and officials of the United Nations thrive. West Johnston, heir to the most powerful ganglord in the country, refuses to
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Angela R. Watts
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R.F. Gammon
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you know me, you know an important truth about me: I am extremely stingy with my 5-star review.

So that should say something about this book in and of itself.

The characters are the first point I'd like to mention. West, Alex, Gideon, Jack, Simon, Nate, Ed, Ty, Rene', many broken boys (and our one broken girl) and their lives are so compelling and so heartbreaking and so REAL. I know I'm forgetting some and there are a TON of bois in this story so I won't try to mention every last
Merie Shen
I'm not sure I'm ready for this review, but I might as well do my best.

This book is by no means a "delightful" read. Rather, it's real and raw and heavy and gritty and takes a definite plunge into darkness. But out of the darkness there comes light. That is how I would define this book-- because Angela Watts did an amazing job showing that even under the ugliest, dirtiest layers of rock and grime and dust, you can still find a gemstone that, when polished and cut and brought into light, can
S.G. Willoughby
Wow. Im still trying to absorb all that.

I stick with my first observation. This book is horrifying. The thing is, it tackles some very real issues that cant be brushed aside. Its horrifying in a way that was so realistic is made me squirm. Which means it's pretty impressive writing!

Im going to be honest. While Angela is an amazing person and author, this book wouldnt have been my usual cup of tea. I dont recommend it to the sensitive or young reader. Its SO intense, and it addresses some dark
Loretta Marchize
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Five stars
AHHHH!! This was such a good book I cant even begin to tell you all of the amazing things! It is defiantly NOT for the faint of heart though. Its dystopian, slightly different from my usual historical fiction although I do visit it once in a while. Ill dive farther into the book itself in my review but I cannot express how much I loved this!
*this review is also posted HERE
Prose: 5/5
Romance: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Plot: 5/5

REALLY good. Comparable to some of the best authors Ive read,
Addy S.
Heartbreaking at times yet heart-healing at others. Review to come in the near future!
Stjepan Cobets
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
My rating 3.9

The book "The Divided Nation (The Infidel Books, # 1)" by Angela R. Watts is solidly written but in my opinion, is a bit slow. The writing style is great, the characters in the book are solid, but they need to be elaborated a bit more because they lack their past, which could explain their actions. The action should be expanded because we have several factions about which we know very little and do not know what their goals are. The most attention in the book is devoted to the mafia
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
I will not be able to continue this book. That is only because of a comment made by George Johnston. Now in the 'Author's Note' i was informed that this book doesn't target a Christian audience. I understand that Mr. Johnston is a fictional character, but I simply can't move past his comment. With all due respect to Angela R. Watts, I will not be reading the other books in this series. But i will be reading her Whispers of Heaven series. So with great sorrow and disappointment I have marked this ...more
Nicole Dust
4 stars.

WOW my nerves are fried. If this book could be described in one word, it would be "intense."

L I K E S :

The characters. They truly were the heart of the book, and my own heart broke several times while reading their stories. West, Simon, Rene', Gideon, Alex . . . basically all of the characters were absolute WRECKS and I so hope they survive.

The intensity. I honestly can say that I have never read a book so intense before. I probably shouldnt have been so surprised, given that its set
Kellyn Roth
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-to-come
HAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!! I prepared myself so well that I wasn't even shocked. I need a medal! And perhaps some tums. BUT NOTHING ELSE.


Okay, really, though, real review to come later on.


- This book is not for the faint of heart. Lots of torture. No, I mean ... like literally. There is literal torture.
- So. Many. Characters. How does anyone keep track of them all? (Basically, 'cause this is not my genre, I was confused. But I am always confused ... so that's no surprise?)
- I totally
Kaitlyn S.
Um . . . Wow! That was amazing.
FYI: I need the second book. Like, yesterday =) I'm sure, Angela, that you can just drop everything and work on the second book, right?
Just know I have first dibs on a copy of the second one. And the third, m'kay? And any others that happen to be written.

In all seriousness, I was honoured to be able to read this and canNOT wait to read a finalized copy. Angela, please don't ever stop writing, girl. The world would lose a wonderful author.

A real
Abigail Harris
There are no words.
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
Review coming on my blog, but it is a PG13 book.
Laura A. Grace
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow! What an action-filled, intense read!

This has probably been one of the most intense books I've read in a long time, but was very good. I have a fond spot for a mainly all male cast with lots of action. This one definitely delivered in those areas, especially with it being in a dystopian setting (one of my favorite genres).

All of the characters go through some brutal hardships that made me cringe in what they go through or have to go through. No one is left unscathed, whether that's
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full review to come when I actually have a few minutes to do so.
This was really good, dealing with the age old questions of "If God is so loving/good/merciful, why does bad stuff happen to the world/His people/good people. It was brutal and honest and there were some seriously messed up people in this, but people nonetheless. My only beef was the inclusion of cursing, which I understand that those using such language were unsaved, but I prefer not to have the curses written out.🤷
I'll go into
Emily Miller
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The general premise made perfect sense with the way American society is degenerating in todays world. It did get a a bit confusing as to who really was in control and who was on what side. Overall such a good book! Rich characters that really tug at your soul as they struggle to have hope in a hopeless, broken America. ...more
H. S. Kylian (Hannah Killian)
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
So I can't say anything right now, but come August 13 (or maybe after) (probably after) I will spill all.

**UPDATE** 8/13/2019

Time for the review! And I won't exactly be spilling all, because SPOILERS.


This book sucked-no, DRAGGED me in and had me slack-jawed and wide-eyed by page 34. It dragged me in so much, I lost sleep because of it. (Not recommended if you have a job you need to wake up early for)

I'll admit the cursing threw me off a bit (There's only 4-5 if you're wondering and
Kaitlyn Krispense
Wow. Wow, y'all. Now, that was a ride. Honestly, my first impression is that it's a replay of Angela's book Seek, but better. Is this a good thing? Yes and no. I didn't care for the fact that it seemed like she took Seek and just ballooned it up into something bigger. But the good thing was that it was betterher writing has definitely improved! (Not that Seek wasn't fabulous, but every author improves with each new book.)

The one other thing I didn't like was that it was so confoundedly
I honestly have very mixed feelings about this book. I loved it but I also disliked for how real it was. It hurt me honestly. I cried, I cheered, and I cried some more. It's scary to see how far our country really could go. This could happen people, not saying that it will, but it could. That is a really scary thing.

My heart broke for every single character in this book, well not for George. George is a scumbag that I do not like at all. He can go away for all I care. All the boys, there are so
Joshua Reid
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Divided Nation by Angela Watts is such a creative and bold story. Angela has such a way of creating a world where the U.S. is in another Civil War and tying in different people, perspectives and ideologies that it is something to behold.

One of the aspects of The Divided Nation are the characters, especially Gideon and his role in the story. The fact that he is willing, time and time again to risk his life for this small town situated between warring gangs shows something that is truly a
Apr 26, 2019 added it
Claire Banschbach
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopian, christian
Soo...I have some thoughts.

To start off, this was a really cool concept, and I did like the characters! it's the kind of story that I like - brotherhood, action, trying to do the right thing despite consequences. It reminded me a little bit of the show Jericho (with the Springtown storyline) and a bit of Sons of Anarachy (granted I've only seen a few episodes, but..) which is a cool mix!!

But...I was confused a lot of the time. Lots of characters to keep track of (yes, there is a cast list at
Mar 31, 2020 added it
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A.L. Buehrer
If you havent noticed, I tend to hand out 3-star reviews generously when it comes to fiction. I dont really know why this is. For me, 3 stars is still pretty positive. It generally means the book was good, but it didnt really hit the sweet spot for me, quite.

That said, I believe Divided Nation definitely would hit the sweet spot dead-on for a ton of readers Ive encountered here on Goodreads. Heres what you need to know about this book: first off, despite what you might have heard, it is
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019-books
Guys, I tried.

I tried to love this book the way everybody else seems to. Then I tried to at least like it, maybe post a three star review. But...I can't. I'm really, really disappointed in this book and PLEASE believe that I tried not to be. I stan faith-based dystopian books (hey, I'm writing one!) but I couldn't get behind The Divided Nation. I just couldn't.


-Some of the writing was pretty good.
-It IS a faith-based dystopian, so that's good. We need more of them, people.
braine nuggets
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Samantha Crago
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This novel holds your attention until the last word. Kept me on the edge of my seat. Very suspenseful.

This book is a beautiful example of why faith is so important during trouble.
An absolutely beautiful story about finding faith within a broken world. Needed in the world we live in every day. Every character is so real and relatable. Over all, this is a great book.

A highly recommended book from me.
Angelina Adriana
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Angela R. Watts is a Christian fiction author who strives to glorify the Lord in all she does. Shes a homeschooled highschooler living at Step By Step Sanctuary, Tennessee, though with Gypsy and Norwegian in her blood, she tends to travel. Shes been writing stories since she was little, but also enjoys chores, painting, and watching sunsets.


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