Trent Reedy ó 4 DownloadThis ordinarily wouldn t have been a title that interested me except for
The Fact That Itsfact that its hits a little too close to what I imagine the US is going to turn into if we continue egressing in this abhorrent political climate Because of this I am excited now to ecommend this book to teens as a daunting what if scenario I liked it enough to consider listening to the seuel and third books which is saying a lot these days though I probably won t jump into them ight away The audio version is fantastic because all of the newsNPR interludes sound like actual broadcasts with a variety of narrators 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 SyncIn 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 outine crowd control mission at a protest in Boise However Danny s gun misfires spooking the highly divided crowd and soldiers and by the time a protest in Boise However Danny s gun misfires spooking the highly divided crowd and soldiers and by the time 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 est of the Guard As tensions build on both sides of the political divide conflict begins to escalate potentially leading to another civil warThe political uestions and themes explored in Divided We Fall such as states ights vs federal ights 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 uite 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 ight around the corner way Trent Reedy does an excellent job of presenting both sides of the arguments states ights vs federal ights 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 ight smack dab in the middle of everything Divided We Fall is an exciting action packed thrill ide that also packs a pretty heavy emotional punch War is not glorified as Danny physically and emotionally From the author of the acclaimed WORDS IN THE DUST an action packed YA novel set in a frighteningly plausible near future about what happens when the States are no longer UnitedDanny Wright never thought he'd be the man to bring down the United States of America In fact he enlisted in the National Guard because he wanted to serve his country th. Truggles through the decisions he will inevitably be forced to makeI also eally 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 efreshing audio production which
makes the of its format finally ithe most its format Finally I highly highly ecommend this fantastic novel by Trent Reedy and I
CAN T WAIT FOR BOOK TWOt wait for book two Nation Wright the protagonist of this action packed speculative novel is a decent guy trying to fulfill his duty as a National Guardsman when his gun goes off accidentally into a crowd of protesters The governor of Idaho is already at odds with the President of the US over a national ID card and this incident is the spark that accelerates the civil war Rarely does YA fiction tackle eal political uestions such as states ights versus federal laws Trent does an amazing job of presenting both sides of the arguments in a way that is thoughtful and totally engaging and one that allows lots of opportunity for debate Although there is lots of military action and detail to lure in eluctant eaders Trent doesn t glorify war His protagonist struggles with the emotional impact of shooting a fellow citizen Perfect for eluctant eaders fathers and sons US government classes WOW Since I can t give the eview that this book deserves ight now on cell I would just like to say AMAZINGKUDOS to the makers of this audiobook I have to say this is the single most awesome audiobook that I have listened to and I have listened to at least 300 of them I was so entertained by the eading of this novel that I believe if the story was atrocious I would have enjoyed it anyway For those of you who love audios this one is a mustOK so on to the story Danny is a 17 year old boy that enlisted in the National Guard to honor his father and country At the time Danny didn t ealize that this decision would lead to other decisions and his entire life would change Danny lost his father to the cause and his mother didn t do well with the loss Danny was left to pick up the pieces and help his mother over the tough spots He just didn t know how bumpy that oad was going to getOne weekend Danny and other guard members were called out to try to stifle a protest It was a simple outine job so it didn t seem out of hand to send the young guards to handle the task Only it wasn t a simple job and when the bull. E way his father did When the Guard is called up on the Idaho governor's orders to police a protest in Boise it seems like a outine 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 deadThe president wants the soldiers arrested The.
Ets when flying and the smoke cleared people were dead and the solders of the guard were to blame How did this happen One day Danny was high school
and the next he was in the line of fire Funny how life change withthe next he was in the line of fire Funny how life can change with blink of the eyeThere were moments in this book that I was angry Angry with the way the public were treating these kids I mean he was 17 and the way the news would just turn everything around which they do all the time and how the government mainly the president thought they could hold a group of kids with only weekend training esponsible for any of this There were times that I was overwhelmed Overwhelmed with the way Danny cared for his mother She was not at all stable and he always keep her in the forefront of his plans thoughts and actions There were times when I was heart broken Heart broken because of the decision that Danny has to make and the aftermath of that decisionTrent did a fabulous job with this book and I could go on and on about how fascinating and awesome action packed and thought provoking this story is but I will let you ead it yourself I would ecommend
this to anyone be it someone looking for YA action dystopian what ever it may beto anyone be it someone looking for YA action dystopian what ever it may be are looking for this is an all around terrific ead This is in many ways an excellent bookthough I suppose the 5 star ating may have given you an idea I might think something like thatThis book is very character driven while also having an intense fast moving yet very plausible plot Now I know there are going to be people who want to go on about how the book s style is wanting and I ll admit this isn t a work that shoots for literary depth at least in some ways It s also guilty of using some minor stereotyping It s pictures of some of the players aren t eally spot onBut they are close enough for the story to be believable Some of us will probably be annoyed at the way certain characters are presented or portrayed That said they are not far enough off for me to call the writer on it He has in most cases simply amplified what s thereThe events in this book could happen Not only could they happen it s not that unlikely The events here are not far fetched at allOf course the novel also ends in a way and in a place that will make you want to give the writer a piece of your mind about the inhumanity of cliffhangersI hate cliffhangersThe next book is slated to be out next yearI m waitingI like this one I ecommend this on. Governor swears to protect them And as tensions build on both sides the conflict slowly escalates toward the unthinkable a second American civil warWith political uestions that are popular in American culture yet are in YA fiction and a provocative plot that could far too easily become eal DIVIDED WE FALL is Trent Reedy's very timely YA debut.