Review: Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy

Divided We Fall coverDanny Wright joined the Idaho National Guard to follow in his late father’s footsteps by serving his country, and to get access to the training and education he would need to keep his father’s auto repair shop running. Balancing Guard training and finishing high school is tricky, but he’s finished with his training for the summer and ready for a senior year full of football, friends, and time with his girlfriend, JoBell.

But everything changes the night Danny’s unit is called up to help suppress riots in Boise. When a rock thrown by a rioter causes his gun to misfire, chaos ensues. Twelve are dead when the dust clears, and Danny is living in a nightmare he can’t wake up from.

The Boise shootings rapidly become the center of a national controversy. When both the governor and the President are giving Danny conflicting orders, what will he choose?

Trent Reedy takes what could easily have been a book full of cliches and makes it into a gripping page-turner. The characters are realistic, not one-dimensional representations of liberals or conservatives. Anyone who has noticed the political situation in the past few years will readily recognize that the premise of this book is a definite possibility. Divided We Fall is not a far-future dystopian story; it is a chilling look at a near future we could be facing if our political system continues in its current direction.

This book will appeal to fans of stories about the military, as well as fans of dystopian literature.

Highly recommended for grades 9 and up–swearing, underage drinking, violence, and off-camera sex.

FTC Required Disclaimer: I received the digital ARC of this book from the publisher. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review.

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