Back Cover: By the author of the critically acclaimed Border Trilogy, Blood Meridian is an epic novel of the violence and depravity that attended America's wetward expansion, brillantly subverting the conventions of the Western novel and the mythology of the "Wild West". Based on historical events that took place on the Texas-Mexico border in the 1850s, it traces the fortunes of the Kid, a fourteen-year-old Tennesseean who stumbles into a nightmarish world where Indians are being murdered and the market for their scalps in thriving. I HATED THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AH! Well, for english I had to read it, and I hate it. It's def violent though and random violence. SO yeah, that's all I gotta say I am just happy I finished it! I guess this author is brillant or whatever, but just not for me. sorry.