Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.
Set in the not-to-distant future, the United States is in trouble financially and searching for a miracle. It ultimately finds this in a drug called XU84, which has been manufactured to limit the possibility of having children to those of lower socioeconomic classes. Anyone who will be receiving government assistance will have to take the shot that inhibits procreation. America becomes embroiled in an ethical war between those who vehemently oppose the use of the drug and those who believe that it's the only way America can become a viable country once again. As both sides increase the use of force to get their messages across, the innocent as well as the guilty find themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place in order to simply survive from one day to the next.
I received this book through a free giveaway from Goodreads.com and was excited to see it on my doorstep. As I read my way through the book, I couldn't help but think that the scenarios being presented by the author could very well happen in our future if we don't take the steps to fix the country's problems now. I was drawn in by the cast of characters. The author presented nearly each economic and social class within the book. He was also able to present the problems and solutions each faced with convincing detail. I thought the action was well thought out and the flow of the story was well enough to keep me turning the pages long into the night. Overall, I truly thought it to be a great read that needed just a few touch-ups in order to become a spectacular book.
Unfortunately, I did come across a few things that could be corrected and make the book a much stronger, better read. There were two instances where I felt the story confused me. One, when the company and the government are holding a joint press conference to discuss the upcoming release of the drug, one of the officials tells the CEO that they aren't going to let the public know the exact plans to roll out the doses in order to limit mass panic. A few paragraphs later, one of the speakers tells the press exactly what they weren't going to release. Shortly before that, one of the FBI agents had been stopped outside of the hotel where the press conference was to take place and had to show his credentials to the police officers including the Captain. Once the mayhem inside the hotel began, the FBI agent was involved in a scuffle and the officers weren't sure who he was. There was a bit of confusion caused by the agent being questioned over his credentials a second time by presumably the same Captain that he had spoken to previously. Other than those, the only issue I could find with the book where several instances of needed commas. If you are looking for a good medical thriller, this is one you should definitely check out!
Divided Nation by Robert Moore is currently available in Kindle form. It can be purchased from Amazon.com at the link below.
Divided Nation by Robert Moore