Parents' Guide to

The Always War

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Fast-paced dystopian quest for truth.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+


I thinks it a good book because it helps people learn about what happens when people are not in good situations and how other people can help to get out of bad situations.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1):
Kids say (1):

In The Always War, Haddix delivers short, punchy chapters that keep the action moving, which will appeal to some readers. But the headlong pacing and the shouty dialogue undermine any sense of realism that Haddix might be trying for. Long-time science fiction fans may be able to guess the "big reveal" chapters before Tess and Gideon figure it out, but there are sufficient plot twists to satisfy those readers not thoroughly familiar with the strategies of dystopian fiction.

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