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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 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.
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.
Praise for the Divided We Fall Trilogy:
"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, New York Times bestselling 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
"Tense, heart-wrenching, and all too believable -- I can't wait to read more!" -- Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author of Battle Magic
"[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
* "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... This cautionary tale screams immediacy and urgency, a page-turner that rapidly moves toward a catastrophic cliffhanger." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
"An all-too-possible pre-dystopia... 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." -- School Library Journal
"An action-packed thriller that may well lead readers to further explore the complicated constitutional and political issues it raises." -- Kirkus Reviews