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The Divided Nation

(The Infidel Books #1)

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WHEN THE NATION DIVIDES, THE INFIDELS MUST RISE.

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 contin
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Kindle Edition, 441 pages
Published August 11th 2019
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Angela 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', Spencer...so 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
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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 refl
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S.G. Willoughby
Wow. I’m 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 can’t be brushed aside. It’s horrifying in a way that was so realistic is made me squirm. Which means it's pretty impressive writing!

I’m going to be honest. While Angela is an amazing person and author, this book wouldn’t have been my usual cup of tea. I don’t recommend it to the sensitive or young reader. It’s SO intense, and it addresses some
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Loretta Marchize
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Five stars
AHHHH!! This was such a good book I can’t even begin to tell you all of the amazing things! It is defiantly NOT for the faint of heart though. It’s dystopian, slightly different from my usual historical fiction although I do visit it once in a while. I’ll 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
Prose:

REALLY good. Comparable to some of the best authors I’ve rea
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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
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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.

#soproud

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

BIG POINTS:

- 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 l
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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 shouldn’t have been so surprised, given that it’s set
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Abigail
K I have feelingsss

Somehow I never wrote up my review of this? Abby of the past?? I have questions??

I'm here now though so let's goooo.

I can't think of the last time a book has made me so STRESSED but in the best way. I'm always a fan of found-families/"your family sucks so i'm your brother now" tropes, and this is stuffed full of those relationships. (also while there isn't a ton of romance, it's so sooooft) The boys (the sweet, sweet boys) deserve the entire world and I love them.

There's no
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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?
Right.
Sure.
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 re
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Abigail Harris
There are no words.
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 better—her 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 confusin
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Ejayen
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, dystopian
Review coming on my blog, but it is a PG13 book.
Narnian
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I gotta say, I enjoyed it. I think I 10/10 like books with mostly boys. They're crazy! :D

I probably should dock the stars to 4.5 because there is a bit of cussing. I think like 7 times. Picture war movies where the guys talk like that, but spaced out throughout the book if that makes it better (so it isn't very often).
I wish the formatting for the ebook was better. At some points, I wasn't sure who was saying what, but I like the book so much I don't care.

Good stuff:
The characters! At first,
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Laura A. Grace
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
VIDEO REVIEW HERE: https://youtu.be/PJJK-uUf7EE

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
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Joshua Reid
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 grea
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Emily Miller
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The general premise made perfect sense with the way American society is degenerating in today’s 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.
Tory
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing, from start to finish! It sucks you in and keeps you wanting more.

Gideon stole my heart from the beginning. I felt like I knew every character in debth, amazing writing!

The focus was on many issues that can easily be a reality in today's world. It made you think. Lots of things in this book are based of realities and then shows you a big picture of what life could be like.

It also allows you to see how people can heal from the worse of the worst in life situations.

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.

*cough*

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 they'r
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Tessa
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 mo
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Abigail
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
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Sarah
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I never wrote my review for my first read through!!! That's okay, because I pretty well remember my thoughts and they've only intensified.

Dystopian is not really my genre but this sounded super real. Reading it last year, I was a little wigged out because it was the most realistic possibility that I'd ever read. I could see our country going that way. I never dreamed it might be this close.

I re-read it this year to get ready for book two. Angela has this being a few years after a 2024 election.
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Oceane McAllister
3.5/5 stars

The Divided Nation is an engaging read set in post-apocalyptic American in the year 2027. Overall, an enjoyable read. The characters were fresh and fun, the plot exciting, and the writing fast-paced. My favorite overall would probably be Gideon or maybe West, as their personalities shone through best to me.

There are a few reasons this book was three stars instead of four or five for me. First being that there are way too many POVs. Until about halfway I wasn't even able to remember mo
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Claire Banschbach
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian, dystopian
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 t
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A.L. Buehrer
If you haven’t noticed, I tend to hand out 3-star reviews generously when it comes to fiction. I don’t really know why this is. For me, 3 stars is still pretty positive. It generally means the book was good, but it didn’t 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 I’ve encountered here on Goodreads. Here’s what you need to know about this book: first off, despite what you might have heard, it is bla
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Jane
Mar 31, 2020 added it
Feel free to message me directly if you want to know my thoughts on this book.
Lauren D. Fulter
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Angela: *writes book about hardships of war, tough topics, murder of innocence, and tons of gruesome things*
Me: aaawww look at all these little baby bois

Ummm so I just finished this book about three minutes ago and my mind is like pretty much all over the place. I prepared myself since so many reviews talked about how rough and gruesome this book was, which I agree with, but I think Angels did it in a way that didn't make me personally feel uncomfortable (i mean, there were parts MEANT to feel u
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Allison
/ 3.5 stars

ok this book was great. the best part - the FRIENDSHIPS. i loved how close the guys were. also i love the Christian themes.

- i started it yesterday, and i couldn't put it down. very excited to start the sequel tonight!!

d i s l i k e s

something that made me really uncomfortable was the whole Confederate / Union thing. it was strange bc the Confederates were the 'good guys' in the book, as several times they're described as fighting for their freedom + individual rights. the Union is p
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Kailey
Aug 05, 2020 rated it liked it
I'll begin by saying I'm terrible at writing reviews. Insert cringe face.

I really like this book. I like it so much that I regularly brutalize it with my sarcastic wit. I abuse the things I love, what can I say? This is why I can never have a family of my own. (I'm joking.) I like this book and I would recommend it to certain people, but not everyone. If colorful, light, and fluffy is your preferred cup of tea, I would not ask you to chug this cup of coffee. Personally, I don't find it to be too
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Angela R. Watts is a bestselling author who writes bold fiction that glorifies Christ. She lives at Step By Step Sanctuary, Tennessee, though with Gypsy and Norwegian in her blood, she loves traveling. She’s been writing stories since she was little, but when she's not writing, she's probably raising animals, painting, or watching sunsets.

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