Reviews for Divided We Fall (Release date: 01/28/2014)

  • Publishers Weekly
  • Kirkus Reviews
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Publishers Weekly

In this stunning trilogy opener, Reedy (Words in the Dust) envisions a near-future America on the verge of disaster, where political discord, economic crisis, and a controversial new law have created tension between state and federal governments. Enter 17-year-old Pfc. Daniel Wright, a football-playing, truck-driving, country music–loving high school senior and member of the Idaho National Guard. When his unit is called to help with a potential riot in Boise, things get out of hand, eventually sparking a full-blown conflict between Idaho and the Feds. Caught between duty to family, loyalty to the military, and his own sense of honor, Daniel becomes a pawn in a much larger game between governor and president. In a story line tied to current affairs, 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. Though the tech is slightly futuristic, this cautionary tale screams immediacy and urgency, a page-turner that rapidly moves toward a catastrophic cliffhanger. Ages 14–up. Agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. (Feb.)

Reviewed on: 11/18/2013

Kirkus Reviews

In the first installment of a trilogy set in the near future, 17-year-old Pfc. Daniel Christopher Wright fires the shot that may spell the end of the United States. When Danny’s Idaho National Guard unit is called to police a protest in Boise, Danny is hit by a rock and accidentally discharges his weapon, causing other Guardsmen to open fire, killing several protestors. When President Rodriguez demands that Gov. Montaine turn over the names of the soldiers involved and begin enforcing the new federal ID-card law, a standoff ensues. The conservative governor vows to resist a federal government grown too big and will nullify the new law. Since nullification means insurrection according to Article VI, Clause 2 of the Constitution, federal troops are called in, and the crisis escalates. Danny’s story is threaded between frequent and lengthy italicized news reports that keep readers abreast of the political situation. Given the dramatic battle scene depicted on the cover, readers may be disappointed to find that the action in Volume 1 is intermittent, as the political and military pieces are set in place for the sure-to-be-dramatic concluding volumes.
Projecting 19th-century nullification crises into a not-so-distant future, Reedy creates a credible military thriller. (Thriller. 14 & up)