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
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)
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