Divided We Fall (Divided We Fall Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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Danny Wright never thought he'd be the man to bring down the United States of America. In fact, he enlisted in the Idaho National Guard because he wanted to serve his country the way his father did. When the Guard is called up on the governor's orders to police a protest in Boise, it seems like a routine crowd-control mission ... but then Danny's gun misfires, spooking the other soldiers and the already ...
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Overview

Danny Wright never thought he'd be the man to bring down the United States of America. In fact, he enlisted in the Idaho National Guard because he wanted to serve his country the way his father did. When the Guard is called up on the governor's orders to police a protest in Boise, it seems like a routine crowd-control mission ... but then Danny's gun misfires, spooking the other soldiers and the already fractious crowd, and by the time the smoke clears, twelve people are dead.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
02/01/2014
Gr 8 Up—Popular high school football player Daniel Wright loves his country, so the moment he turns 17, he joins the Idaho division of the Army National Guard. Daniel is looking forward to a bright future in Freedom Lake with his girlfriend JoBell at his side; he hopes to earn enough money from the Guard to help pay for auto tech classes and eventually purchase full ownership in his deceased father's garage. When his company is mobilized and sent to Boise to help maintain the peace between protestors and proponents of the Federal ID Card Act, Daniel never imagines that people would die, that he would be the cause of their deaths, or that his future-and the future of the United States-would forever be altered. Author Reedy's first book in a planned trilogy is an action-packed look at what could happen in an America where state and federal governments are at odds with each other. Set in a not-too-distant future, the book mixes patriotism with incredible realism, creating an all-too-possible pre-dystopia. Using the enactment of a controversial law as the catalyst, Reedy effectively places the audience in Daniel's shoes as he struggles with his feelings and actions in the aftermath of the riot, and it is this first-person perspective that will resonate with readers long after the thrilling final pages. Strong characters, a fast-paced narrative, and complex questions about what it means to be an American make Reedy's speculative novel a must-read.—Audrey Sumser, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Mayfield, OH
Publishers Weekly
★ 11/18/2013
In this stunning trilogy opener, Reedy (Words in the Dust) envisions a near-future America on the verge of disaster, where political discord, economic crisis, and a controversial new law have created tension between state and federal governments. Enter 17-year-old Pfc. Daniel Wright, a football-playing, truck-driving, country music–loving high school senior and member of the Idaho National Guard. When his unit is called to help with a potential riot in Boise, things get out of hand, eventually sparking a full-blown conflict between Idaho and the Feds. Caught between duty to family, loyalty to the military, and his own sense of honor, Daniel becomes a pawn in a much larger game between governor and president. In a story line tied to current affairs, Reedy tackles pressing issues with prescient clarity and delicate sophistication. His setup is terrifying in its plausibility and made all the more so by Daniel’s conflicted everyman nature, with both sides portrayed as sympathetic yet flawed. Though the tech is slightly futuristic, this cautionary tale screams immediacy and urgency, a page-turner that rapidly moves toward a catastrophic cliffhanger. Ages 14–up. Agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. (Feb.)
From the Publisher

Advance Praise for DIVIDED WE FALL:

"Powerful and timely! Trent Reedy's chilling tale hits hard as an ambush. Prepare to lose sleep reading what could be your very near future . . ."
— W.E.B. Griffin & William E. Butterworth IV, New York Times bestselling authors of The Last Witness and Hazardous Duty

"Tense, heart-wrenching, and all too believable–I can't wait to read more!"
– Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author of Battle Magic and Terrier

"DIVIDED WE FALL is a brilliant, thrilling, heartbreaking novel by a writer who absolutely must be read. Trent Reedy balances disturbing subject matter with heartfelt insight, and he does it all with great style. Listen closely, because this is an important new voice in YA fiction."
— Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Extinction Machine, Rot & Ruin, and Fire & Ash

Praise for WORDS IN THE DUST

Winner of the Christopher Medal

"Both heart-wrenching and timely." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS

"A beautifully written novel that introduces young readers to a fascinating culture." -- PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE

Praise for STEALING AIR

"A great choice for any reader, but especially for those who enjoy adventure." -- LIBRARY MEDIA CONNECTION 

Kirkus Reviews
2013-11-13
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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545543699
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2014
  • Series: Divided We Fall Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 172,006
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author


Trent Reedy is the author of WORDS IN THE DUST, winner of the Christopher Medal and an Al Roker's Book Club pick on the Today Show, and STEALING AIR. Trent and his wife live in Spokane, Washington. Please visit his website at www.trentreedy.com.
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  • Posted August 9, 2014

    Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy is a brilliant and also incredibl

    Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy is a brilliant and also incredibly timely pre-dystopian novel. I listened to the audiobook available for free last week through YA Sync.

    In the not too distant future, Danny Wright joins the National Guard to serve his country in the way his father did. Then, the Idaho governor sends the Guard to a seemingly routine crowd control mission at a protest in Boise. However, Danny's gun misfires, spooking the highly divided crowd and soldiers, and by the time the smoke clears, twelve people are dead. 

    The President wants the soldiers to face justice for the "Battle of Boise," while the governor of Idaho swears to protect Danny and the rest of the Guard. As tensions build on both sides of the political divide, conflict begins to escalate potentially leading to another civil war.

    The political questions and themes explored in Divided We Fall, such as states rights vs. federal rights, are popular in contemporary American culture, I mean, just turn on the news, Glenn Beck (which I try not to), or any political commentator/ sensational journalist for that matter. That being said you don't see a whole lot of it in YA fiction, or not quite like this. I would call this sort of a pre-dystopia; although, this is set a few years in the future, it feels frighteningly plausible in a right around the corner way. 

    Trent Reedy does an excellent job of presenting both sides of the arguments (states rights vs. federal rights and conservative America vs. liberal America, among others) in captivating and engaging ways. Primarily, this is done through the fantastic cast of characters, but Danny does the most heavy lifting when he's placed right smack dab in the middle of everything. 

    Divided We Fall is an exciting, action-packed, thrill ride that also packs a pretty heavy emotional punch. War is not glorified as Danny physically and emotionally struggles through the decisions he will inevitably be forced to make.

    I also really enjoyed the production of the audiobook. Primarily, we have Andrew Eiden narrating, but we also have an ensemble of voice actors providing the media presence in the story. It's a refreshing audio production which makes the most of its format. 

    Finally, I highly, highly, highly recommend this fantastic novel by Trent Reedy and I can't wait for book two, Burning Nation!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Great book, action from cover to cover.

    Great book, action from cover to cover.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2014

    Chilling and intense

    My family has always had lots of knowledge in the Constitution and politics, and this book seemed really interesting. It really opened my eyes on how near the future of this book could be. I love the radio reports and socia media comments in this; it's crazy how people can debate about things they don't have a clue about. Extremely well written and suspenseful, I'd recommend this book to anyone. Well done, Mr. Reedy :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2014

    Best book ever!

    The summary on the book itself was enough for me. He goes through so much to keep everything together, and to keep everything a secret, when in fact, he lost it.
    It kept me reading to the very end; which is also a bad thing! I don't like endings.
    You should definitely read this book! It's worth it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2014

    Divided We Fall has become one of my favorite books.  Trent Reed

    Divided We Fall has become one of my favorite books.  Trent Reedy did a fantastic job of keep the reader entertained and on the edge of their seat.  Once I started reading i couldn't put it down.  I love how he made it seem like Daniel Wright was just like any normal boy in America.  I felt like I could connect with Daniel and all the struggles he had to go through.  I cannot wait for the second book to come out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2014

    Perfect

    I loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    Amazing, exciting, thrilling, could not stop reading

    I loved theis book and will most defently read the next one too. Nothing to complain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    Kinda boring

    I know they say not to judge a book by it's cover... this cover is so cool though! Of course I thought the book would be too. Especially since the concept rocks. Just an average patriotic American soldier being the accidental cause of the fall of our country. Very scary/interesting concept that is plausible. I couldn't relate to any of the characters. At all. I felt like he was not the brightest, yet everything came across that he was perfect. It talks about what an awesome lady his mom is, but why is she awesome? All I saw was incapable and annoying. His girlfriend was supposed to come across as a more liberal viewpoint, but for as smart as she was supposed to be she was really closed minded. Not great character concept, really cliche, without a lot to back their personality traits. The only character I thought was worth reading about was the mechanic but he was completely forgotten about. I struggled to the end of this book hoping it would get better and just ended up relieved when it was done. Disappointing.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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