Divided We Fall

Divided We Fall

Book - 2014
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Danny Wright, seventeen, joined the Idaho Army National Guard to serve the country as his father had, but when the Guard is sent to an anti-government protest in Boise and Danny's gun accidentally fires, he finds himself at the center of a conflict that results in the federal government declaring war on Idaho.
Publisher: New York :, Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780545543675
0545543673
9780545543682
0545543681
Branch Call Number: YAFICTION Reedy
Characteristics: 374 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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aliciamarie
May 26, 2015

I usually go for a more sci-fi, futuristic, dystopian kind of young adult literature. This book, however, blew me away! Set in the not-too-distant future this book is about Danny, a 17 year old high school student who is also a reserve Idaho National Guard. The whole scenario of the books revolves around the U.S. government and the State of Idaho in the middle of a constitutional battle. When the Idaho National Guard is called out to help with protesters and riots, Danny finds himself to be the reason the United States of America is heading towards another civil war.
This book is written in first person from Danny's point of view, but I also loved how the author, Trent Reedy, used futuristic versions of Facebook, Twitter, and news blogs to show how the rest of the country reacts. Even the technology (cell phones, tv, etc.) was futuristic but believable. Danny's character felt true and relatable, even myself- a 33 year old mother- could relate to his feelings of frustration, confusion, love and loyalty.
This book was full of action, politics from both sides of the spectrum, and even involves a love story. Rarely does a young adult fiction book tackle real political questions while effectively showing the reader both sides of the argument. This book goes into what I considered a lot of military detail which surprisingly wasn't off-putting to me, but lured me in even more.

JCLChrisK Jul 17, 2014

"I am Private First Class Daniel Christopher Wright, I am seventeen years old, and I fired the shot that ended the United States of America."

This book has a great cover and an amazing hook. I knew I wanted to read it as soon as I started looking at it as one of our new books. The rest of the hook:

"When I enlisted in the Idaho Army National Guard, I swore to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the state of Idaho against all enemies, foreign and domestic. I swore that I would obey the orders of the president of the United States and the governor of Idaho, as well as the orders from officers appointed over me, according to the law and regulations.

"But what could I do when my president and my governor called each other domestic enemies and both issued me lawful orders to fight against the other? When both claimed to support the Constitution? When the Army was ordered to fight against the Army and no place was safe?

"I swore to obey the orders of my president and of my governor. I swore to defend the Constitution. I swore these things before God.

"May God forgive me. May God in Heaven forgive us all."

Considering the expectations that created, I was impressed by how gradually and believably the situation developed. Almost too believably, really, because what develops seems scarily close to reality and a potential near future for the actual United States.

I should qualify that comment as being about the political situation and overall story arc. Protagonist Danny and those he encounters are basically believable as well--I may not have always like them or their decisions, but I recognized them as real people similar to many I've known. Some of the details and specifics of Danny's story, at times the dialogue and the descriptions, the "action sequences," the roles characters sometimes assume as types when debating with each other to keep a balanced, widely-represented perspective to the proceedings . . . they were sufficient vehicles to allow the story play out, but kept it from being an overall stellar package.

Still, this is a gripping, thoughtful, powerful story, one deserving of many thoughtful readers interested in considering how a nation might very easily come apart as seen through the eyes of a young man during his descent from respectable patriot to accidental terrorist--or rise to hero, depending on which side of the state line one stands.

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PChristopherson
Feb 06, 2014

A great guy book, action-packed, and an engaging plot by a new author.

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Brozor123
Oct 17, 2016

Brozor123 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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PChristopherson
Feb 06, 2014

"Daniel Wright!" ..."We need to talk to you." "Talk to the squealing tires."

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