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Politics in Books? – Two Roads to Paradise

I recently read Two Roads to Paradise by Gordon Jensen and Cara Highsmith which is the sequel to The Way Out. While this book is very different from the previous book that I read in the series, it is a very interesting read that brought up some questions for me as to how political I like my books.

The synopsis of this book is, “Although the reappearance of the Alpha Centauri I crew was miraculous, it was not the celebratory homecoming they expected. Their return to a world reeling from a pandemic that wiped out more than half the population thrust them right into the center of controversy and conflict. Now, three years later, though the tide has turned and the survival of the human race seems to be secure, the survival of human relations is far less certain. The cure should have been the injection of hope the world needed to restore balance and end the chaos of the last four decades. Instead, the complex implications for personal rights and freedom have fractured the North American territory in such a way that the division may never be repaired. As the crew dispersed to find their place in this new landscape, Hunter Young found himself embedded in the Marshall administration as an agent for the mysterious K Group. What had been a relatively uneventful assignment suddenly becomes a whirlwind of adventure as he is called to a rendezvous that requires a long and circuitous journey.”

This book picks up a couple of years after where the last book ended and so it was nice to see what the characters had all gotten up to since we heard from them last. As the synopsis says, this book covers a journey Hunter, one of the main characters, takes but when I honestly expected there to be more to the book than just that journey. Two Roads to Paradise is slower-paced than the last book which I struggled to adjust to as I was expecting it to have the same pace and intensity as the first book. The perk of the slower pace is that it gave the authors a lot of time to show the reader what the world has turned into as Hunter travels through the country.

As I touched on in my review of The Way Out (read it here) these books seem to cross over a lot of politics into their stories which is something that I don’t always enjoy as I sometimes read to avoid what is going on in the world. Because of the way this book is written with slower pacing, each person that Hunter meets in his travels shows their perspective on how the world is set up and the issues with either side. It is interesting to see how either side of the political spectrum taken to the extreme affects the people who live in each area as that is not something that I always think about. While it was still a little too much politics for me, I still did appreciate the way that it was done and how it was tied into the story.

Overall, this book was an enjoyable sequel and I can’t wait to get my hands on book 3!

Disclaimer

 I received a review copy of this book for free, and I am reviewing this voluntarily.

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