What a sequel! It is just as intense and good as Beartown. Us Against You picks up after Beartown ends with the summer before the next hockey season. We find out what happens to the characters from Beartown. The rivalry between Beartown and Hed grows as the first game approaches. Leaders emerge while those who want to be leaders don't have the necessary qualities to become leaders. One politician gets very involved in the hockey club and plays everyone against the other. We see others with new eyes and we meet new members of the community.
I loved this series. I would like to see these people in 10 years time and see what happened to them. I know I kept saying not this one or that one when it looked as if something bad was going to happen. Not every life is successful. Some lose what they worked so hard for. Some find acceptance while others find more alienation. There was a lot of truth in this book. Sune was right when he said, "We are the community." Never were truer words spoken. Everything that happens, every word spoken, every thought good or bad is in our communities and it is what we foster in words and action that determine what the community is. Us Against You is a mirror that reflects back what we all are. Excellent!