Imagine a world in the not-so-distant future where Hispanic immigrants and American citizens are no longer living in harmony in the United States. In an effort to help control immigration, the U.S. government labels all Hispanics “class H” and forces them to live in dilapidated quarantine zones in Los Angeles. Fed up with their sub-par treatment and second-class citizen classification, underground Hispanic extremist groups are growing in momentum and plotting their revenge. Such is the world that Raul Ramos y Sanchez creates in his second book, House Divided.
Mano Suarez, his wife, Rosa, and their son, Pedro, have all been living in a war-torn zone for as long as they can remember. Influenced by the deaths of his two other children, Mano becomes a prominent leader of a revolutionary movement that’s fighting for the freedom of Hispanic Americans. With little progress being made, tensions mount among rebel members, and a gang breaks off from the group and starts lashing out on innocent non-Hispanic civilians. The young and easily-influenced Pedro is lured into becoming an active member of the terrorist gang, which pulls Mano in multiple directions as he struggles to simultaneously try to bring down the gang and continue his freedom fight without losing his son in the process.
Although the book’s main characters are Mano, Rosa and Pedro, Raul Ramos y Sanchez weaves in viewpoints from other prominent characters as well. Unfortunately, the secondary characters are not as fully-developed as the Suarez’s, which makes it much harder to connect with them on an emotional level and follow the underlining story.
With that said, I enjoyed reading House Divided, as it blurred the lines of right and wrong in a war-torn nation, and it allowed the reader to see a glimpse of what could happen in America, should immigration tensions continue to rise.
Nikki Flores (aka CluelessMe) is an avid writer and reader. She first hit the blogging scene with the Clueless Newlywed Blog, which catalogued the unique adventures surrounding herself and her new husband. No longer a newlywed and expecting her first child, Nikki continues her telling her light-hearted stories at Cluelessme.com.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Grand Central Publishing. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.