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Four Corners, One Square is a work of historical fiction focused on the ‘Fledgling Gods of the Colorado Plateau’, and was penned by author Michael S. Robinson. The subtitle refers to the belief system of the people of the Mormon faith, who believe in their ability to be gods of their own planets after this life. Focused on two divergent groups of Mormons, those who forged West and those who headed back East during the time of Joseph Smith’s incredible pilgrimage, the story tells of the hardships and successes of their ways of living, and their conquest of the plateaus of Colorado in their religious quest.
Author Michael S. Robinson has created a fascinating portrayal of the journey of Mormon people across distance and time during some of the hardest conditions known to modern human history. I found myself rooting for both groups despite their differences, and the development of their faith and deep personal beliefs was very well described. Aside from the highly engaging plot of discovery and survival, there is also an interesting opportunity to learn the idiosyncrasies and particular motivations of people of another faith, which Robinson treats with great compassion and insight. Add to this the incredible physical description of the Colorado mountains, plains and plateaus, and what results hearkens back to tougher times, but with the same relatable themes of human determination and powerful faith that we have today. Overall, Four Corners, One Square delivers an incredible tale that will suit anyone with an interest in Mormon life, lore and everyday living.