Divided We Fall Trilogy: Book 1: Divided We Fall by Trent ReedyDivided We Fall Trilogy: Book 1: Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy

Divided We Fall Trilogy: Book 1: Divided We Fall

byTrent Reedy

Paperback | December 30, 2014

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The provocative, incendiary military thriller is now in paperback!

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.

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.
Title:Divided We Fall Trilogy: Book 1: Divided We FallFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.02 × 5.24 × 0.8 inPublished:December 30, 2014Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545543681

ISBN - 13:9780545543682


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exciting and Mesmerizing Pre-Apocalyptic Novel "Divided We Fall" combines suspense and intrigue in a fast-paced riveting novel that begins in Freedom Lake Idaho. The story introduces the reader to seventeen year old Private First Class Daniel Christopher Wright who joins the Idaho National Guard never expecting to face action until after he's finished high school. Called to Boise with his unit to help suppress a riot, he fires an accidental shot that not only has bullets flying and blood being spilt, but unleashes events that ignites the tension between State and Federal governments and has the country plunging towards civil war. Trent Reedy sets the stage for this exciting story in an atmosphere where jobs are scarce, unemployment and gas prices are high, and the Federal government is imposing a new ID card to replace social insurance cards. Upset about this incursion on their rights the Idaho government has nullified the implementation of the cards. When a riot breaks out at the Capitol building and Daniel's unit is called up the teen never expects to start a chain reaction that will have dead and wounded littering the streets. The plot quickly heats up as events unfold that have the President threatening an already volatile political climate and promising the indictment of the soldiers involved in the shootings without knowing the facts. Although the main theme deals with the repercussions of a political power struggle and its impact on the country, it touches on deeper issues like Constitutional rights and freedoms, the abuse of media networks, journalistic sensationalism, judgement without facts and misuse of power. Heightening the realism of this innovative story the author weaves in news flashes, social media exchanges and radical posters. As Daniel and his friends discover that the normalcy of their world has disappeared, the action accelerates and the plot thickens as it heads to an explosive and surprising cliff-hanger that begs for a sequel. The characters are as complex as they are unforgettable. Daniel Wright is a responsible and loving son who aspires to be a mechanic, buy a business and look after his mother who suffers attacks of anxiety. He is patriotic, honourable and truthful; a normal teen who loves to play high school football. Haunted by demons of fear and insecurity with every death, Daniel turns to his friends for support and help. His love life revolves around Jobell Linder, the daughter of a lawyer who has high expectations for her future, and is very opinionated. She can be judgemental, persistent and insensitive, but her spirited nature is tempered by her love for Daniel. In contrast her best friend Becca Wells is kind, shrewd and understanding; masking her love for Daniel behind friendship. In the inner circle of friends at Freedom Lake High School, Cal Riccon is big, tough and sometimes hot-headed and Eric Sweeny humorous,oversexed and loyal. All the characters add drama, passion and high-energy to this entertaining and intoxicating pre-apocalyptic tale including James Montaine the straight-forward, protective and well-intentioned Governor who struggles to find a fair and equitable compromise with President Rodriguez. I thoroughly enjoyed "Divided We Fall" and recommend this page-turner to older teens and adults because of the violence and underage drinking in the story's content.
Date published: 2015-04-24

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Divided We Fall:* "[A] stunning trilogy opener . . . This cautionary tale screams immediacy and urgency, a page-turner that rapidly moves toward a catastrophic cliffhanger." -Publishers Weekly, starred review"Set in a not-too-distant future, the book mixes patriotism with incredible realism, creating an all-toopossible pre-dystopia. . . . a must-read." -School Library Journal"Divided We Fall delivers cover-to-cover action, intrigue and suspense, all with a gut-punch of an ending that'll leave you begging for the next installment." -Brad Thor, author of The Last Patriot"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