King of the Class takes Israel’s deep internal religious and political divisions to their logical dystopian conclusion. The novel is satirically set in the near future in a post-civil war Israel divided into two states: the religious fundamentalist state of Shalem and the militant secular state of Israel. As writer Michael Chabon asks the question, what if the Jewish people made a state in Alaska? King of the Class asks: what if the real enemy of the Jews is not without, but within? What if the population of Israel wakes up one day to find itself separated into two groups, living across hostile borders? Against this backdrop is a love story between Canadian Eve Vee and South African Manny Meretzky. Their relationship slowly becomes a microcosm for the religious divide around them. Ultimately, Eve and Manny must unite if they want to prevent a tragedy, but can they put aside what divides them when harmony seems to be a thing of the past?