Sunday, September 21, 2008

White Sands, Red Menace

First of all, if you have not read Ellen Klages The Green Glass Sea, get out there and buy/borrow a copy immediately! It’s the book that precedes White Sands, Red Menace and I would say it’s pretty necessary to read that one first, not to mention it’s an absolutely brilliant book. That being said, if you’re on to book two as I am, Klages latest is just as great as her previous.

It’s 1946 and we pick back up with friends Dewey and Suze who are now living in Alamogordo, New Mexico, after the first Atomic bomb has recently been tested, a bomb that the girl’s parents each had a part in creating. Dewey has been living with Suze and her family since her father died and has become an intricate part of their family. While Suze’s dad works with rocket experiments at the missile range and her mom works on protests, Suze and Dewey work on the separate friendships they are forming in their new neighborhood and how those friendships fit in with their own special bond. Just as the girls are beginning to fit in at their new school and with their new friends, Dewey’s estranged mother shows up, wanting to take Dewey away.

This book is filled with all sorts of amazing relationships and tons of history. I currently live at the Air Force base in Alamogordo, where the novel takes place, making it an even cooler read for me. Klages puts a lot of background about the town into the pages of the story, while flawlessly drawing the reader into the lives of her characters. She writes unlike anyone else I’ve read and these two books she’s created have become some of my absolute favorites. Dewey and Suze feel like real, normal girls, living in a crazy, confusing time. Girls and boys alike can learn a lot from this novel and it and it’s predecessor are high on my list of recommendations.

White Sands, Red Menace will be available in early October.

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