Divided We Fall
by Reedy, Trent

Fulfilling a dream of serving his country by enrolling in the National Guard, Danny Wright misfires during a crowd-control mission in Boise, triggering a maelstrom that slowly escalates toward a second American civil war.

Trent Reedy is the author of Divided We Fall, Burning Nation, and The Last Full Measure, a trilogy about the second American Civil War; If You're Reading This; Stealing Air; and Words in the Dust, which was the winner of the Christopher Medal and an Al Roker's Book Club pick on the Today Show. Trent and his family live near Spokane, Washington. Please visit his website at www.trentreedy.com

Here's a unique premise that could become disturbing real. Danny Wright, 17, signed up for the Idaho National Guard, in part because his father died in the war. He has completed summer training, and until he graduates, his commitment will be minimal. Then the governor of Idaho gets into a squabble about sovereign rights with the president. Danny's unit is called up to quell a riot in Boise; when a rock hits him, he accidentally shoots a protester. Now, all hell breaks loose. As each side's position hardens, Danny is caught in the middle, wanted by the feds, and protected by the state. As the situation spirals out of control, Danny's choices become narrow and inevitable. Novelist Reedy adds length, if not always substance, as Danny tries to keep life normal with football, rodeo, and his devoted girlfriend. But Reedy does a very good job of presenting all sides' opinions, especially through the tweets and news reports that end chapters. This has the dual advantage of giving readers an action-filled story that will also make them think. The dramatic ending promises more. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

In the first installment of a trilogy set in the near future, 17-year-old Pfc. Daniel Christopher Wright fires the shot that may spell the end of the United States. When Danny's Idaho National Guard unit is called to police a protest in Boise, Danny is hit by a rock and accidentally discharges his weapon, causing other Guardsmen to open fire, killing several protestors. When President Rodriguez demands that Gov. Montaine turn over the names of the soldiers involved and begin enforcing the new federal ID-card law, a standoff ensues. The conservative governor vows to resist a federal government grown too big and will nullify the new law. Since nullification means insurrection according to Article VI, Clause 2 of the Constitution, federal troops are called in, and the crisis escalates. Danny's story is threaded between frequent and lengthy italicized news reports that keep readers abreast of the political situation. Given the dramatic battle scene depicted on the cover, readers may be disappointed to find that the action in Volume 1 is intermittent, as the political and military pieces are set in place for the sure-to-be-dramatic concluding volumes. Projecting 19th-century nullification crises into a not-so-distant future, Reedy creates a credible military thriller. (Thriller. 14 & up) Copyright Kirkus 2013 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.


Lieutenant McFee ordered our squad ahead with a hand motion. Sergeant Meyers on point held his rifle up above his head with both hands. I walked after them on the far left. Inside my gas mask, I could hear my every breath heavy and loud. I kept my thumb on the safety switch of my gun and my finger right next to the trigger.
"Oh God," I prayed. "Please help me get out of this one. This stuff isn't cool anymore. I just want to -"
Something smacked into my mask and my weapon went off. Through the cracked plastic of the eyepieces, I saw the flash out of the end of my barrel.
"Hold your fire!" someone shouted.
How had that happened? Someone threw a rock and hit me and I was surprised. Must have accidentally -
Another gunshot went off. Wasn't me. A third shot.

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