Divided We Fall (Divided We Fall Series #1)

Divided We Fall (Divided We Fall Series #1)

by Trent Reedy
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Divided We Fall (Divided We Fall Series #1) by Trent Reedy

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. The president wants the soldiers arrested. The governor swears to protect them. And as tensions build on both sides, the conflict slowly escalates toward the unthinkable: a second American civil war. With political questions that are popular in American culture yet rare in YA fiction, and a provocative plot that asks what happens when the states are no longer united, Divided We FAll is Trent Reedy's very timely YA debut.

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ISBN-13: 9780545543699
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 01/28/2014
Series: Divided We Fall Series , #1
Sold by: Scholastic, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 121,183
File size: 21 MB
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Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author


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.

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Divided We Fall (Divided We Fall Series #1) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
lstoolfire More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, action from cover to cover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When only 1.99 this book is a great read. The auther brings you into a unsiverse that some believe is fast approaching. But in all seriousness divided we fall is a great book and a page turner for reader that like a alternate history to his owm.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 :)
Anonymous 28 days ago
Divided we Fall by Trent Reedy is a great fiction book for young adult readers. It starts off with a kid name Daniel Wright from Freedom Lake, Idaho. He is a country boy who has many other country friends that are always by his side. Daniel is a seventeen year old boy who attends Freedom Lake High School, and is committed into the National Guard. His girlfriend JoBell is a very rich girl who does not agree with his decision to be in the National Guard. He starts off from being a well known kid for his football skills, to being the most hated in his town and around the country, and everybody had it out for him. It all started when Daniel Wright got called up to his base, when he gets there he finds out that he is going to control the protests that were going on in the city of Boise, Idaho. He accidently fires a shot from his gun because a protestor hit him, which causes everybody in the guard to start shooting at the protestors, thinking that the protestors were shooting back. Killing many and injuring others, the news gets out that the National Guard came in and shot all these innocent protestors. The governor of Idaho tries to protest the guard and everybody's name involved so that there wouldn’t be people trying to kill people like Daniel. But he couldn’t do enough and Daniel’s name was the first to get out. He had news crews following him everywhere, people had it out to get him and he was the most hated person around the country. Daniel and his single mom could not handle all the action, so his mom left for a business trip to Spokane, Washington. But when his mom leaves, the federal government sets up a border patrol around the border of Idaho, only allowing people out but not allowing anybody in no matter what. Daniel’s mom was not able to get back so he drives with all his friends to get his mom. On the way back he ends up going off road, escaping the strict border checkpoints set up by the Feds. But he could not handle all the attention and hate he was getting. Eventually there was a federal agent that followed Daniel around, and when Daniel finds this man, he kill him. The book ended right at that point leaving the reader hanging and wanting to find out more. This book is a thriller and will have you hanging on the edge of your seat the whole time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Has a great story line
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not exactly my type of book but I still enjoyed it overall. The whole concept of the story is pretty relevant, especially today (couldn't pick a better time to read it). I loved the inclusions of the social media comments especially, since it really reflects the media as well as what people say on social media networks.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved theis book and will most defently read the next one too. Nothing to complain.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.