Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Danny Wright wanted to serve his country. He joined the National Guard soon after his seventeenth birthday and has recently returned from basic training. It is the Friday before the start of his senior year and he receives a call from his unit. The Idaho governor has issued orders to assist the police with a protest in Boise. It begins as a routine crowd-control process until Danny accidentally misfires he gun and a fire fight ensues. When everything clears, twelve people are dead. The president wants the soldiers arrested and the governor refuses. As the tension continues to build the unspeakable happens. The second American civil war begins between Idaho and the United States.
Divided We Fall takes political questions that are relevant today and throws them into a story that not only will captivate the young adult reader but be completely plausible too. Reedy creates a main character that the reader will connect with and as he travels through the tough decisions brought before him, the reader will ask themselves how they would have handled that situation. Is seventeen too young to be in combat? Which orders do you follow: the President or the governor? How do you face combat AGAINST fellow Americans? This is the first book in a trilogy and the ending will leave the reader wanting more.