Burning Nation

In this wrenching sequel to Divided We Fall, Danny and friends fight to defend Idaho against a Federal takeover and the ravages of a Burning Nation.

At the end of Divided We Fall, Danny Wright’s beloved Idaho had been invaded by the federal government, their electricity shut off, their rights suspended. Danny goes into hiding with his friends in order to remain free. But after the state declares itself a Republic, Idaho rises to fight in a second American Civil War, and Danny is right in the center of the action, running guerrilla missions with his fellow soldiers to break the Federal occupation. Yet what at first seems like a straightforward battle against governmental repression quickly grows more complicated, as more states secede, more people die, and Danny discovers the true nature of some of his new allies.

Chilling, powerful, and all too plausible, Burning Nation confirms Trent Reedy’s place as a provocative new voice in YA fiction.


  • Junior Library Guild Selection, 2015


“As in Divided We Fall, Reedy spins an action-packed cautionary tale, allowing both state and federal viewpoints their strengths and weaknesses, stopping just short of condemning both sides while acknowledging the validity of their arguments. It’s a complex story rooted in current events, all the more worrisome for its plausibility.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“An action-packed thriller that may well lead readers to further explore the complicated constitutional and political issues it raises.” Kirkus Reviews

“Guerilla skirmishes and chases and escapes make up the core of the action, and readers with a fondness for weaponry and war games will find much to enjoy here… Fans will queue up for the next book.” Voice of Youth Advocates