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The Broken Land by Kathleen O'Neal Gear
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Jul 09, 2012

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It's tough to try to be the person who challenges those who are fighting each other into worrying about a larger cause. In this case, the world as the characters know it will change. We have this same problem in the United States. We're off busy fighting wars and worrying about how to beef up the economy, while warming of the world presents bigger dangers. In the novel, it is the Iroquois nation infighting with its various villages. Their habit is to take and adopt the best specimens from the losers to replace those who died in battle. This often gives the young adoptees a new and loving family but does not erase the specter of watching their own parents killed and village burn ed. The hero, Sky Messenger, talks others who were adopted while children into banding together to end such fighting and embark on being examples of living in peace and with nature so that his vision of a great darkness will not overtake the earth.

People and villages tend to be confusing so sometimes it is difficult to tell who is from where fighting for what.

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