Gideon is the nation's hero. He is receiving one of the highest awards anyone can possibly be given. The only problem is, he doesn't want it. He is ashamed of what he has done to deserve this. Gideon is a hero of war. He has earned the award because of his success as a soldier. But he now realizes that what he's done is not honorable, or heroic, even if he was doing it for his country.
Tessa is a confused, poor girl. She lives next to Gideon, and has her whole life. She doesn't understand why he wouldn't want to earn an award. She could never do something so wonderful and hopeful. Tessa goes to school every day, and works after school. She is just a normal fifteen year old girl, looking for some small hope, just like the rest of the country.
Dek is a genius street kid who can fix anything. She lives alone, because her whole family is dead. They were killed because of the war, and she just wants to get away from it.
When Gideon decides to run away to enemy territory, to apologize and let the enemy have revenge on him, Tessa follows him. She must stop him from being killed by the enemy. Gideon doesn't find out she's on the plane with him, however, until it's too late. When he also discovers Dek stowed away, Gideon decides that he must fly them back to safety, before returning to enemy territory. But that's when their plane crashes, right where a huge, enemy city should be. Nothing, nobody is there. Everything any of them knew to be true, isn't.
Gideon, Dek, and Tessa must unravel the enormous lie the government tells everyone. Set in a dystopian world, The Always War, by Margaret Peterson Haddix, is a wonderful adventure that has the reader waiting to see what will happen next. There are new mysteries around every corner. I would recommend this book to anyone ten and up. The story is very good, with great, developed characters. This book gets 5 stars.