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Divided We Fall

(Divided We Fall Trilogy #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,977 ratings  ·  464 reviews
Divided We Fall is a YA novel set in a frighteningly plausible near future, about what happens when the States are no longer United.

Danny Wright never thought he'd be the man to bring down the United States of America. In fact, he enlisted in the National Guard because he wanted to serve his country the way his father did. When the Guard is called up on the Idaho governor'
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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Trent Reedy This is a very good question, and it was an important consideration even as I proposed this trilogy to my publisher. I most certainly did not want to …moreThis is a very good question, and it was an important consideration even as I proposed this trilogy to my publisher. I most certainly did not want to write right-wing propaganda. Nor did I want to write a left-wing condemnation of the right. I have tried my best to write a series that explores how it is not the Left or the Right that is America's biggest problem, but it is instead the harsh, uncompromising divide that is hurting the country. So DIVIDED WE FALL features a lot of people with different socio-political ideologies, good people, who get locked into a dispute from which they cannot seem to find a way escape peacefully. Thanks for your question.(less)
Zane Peterson Yes. There are dirty jokes and cursing, and death. But, it is still appropriate.
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Ash Wednesday
Dec 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Dystopian and Speculative Fiction Fans
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.

Who can say no to that come hither tagline?! Who can say no to that tagline AND that kickass cover?! Plus reading and reviewing books in denial, pretending to be something else other than stylized bodice rippers have started to become tedious and repetitive that I have started to actively look for offbeat options.

Atleast I get to complain about som
Mike (the Paladin)
This is in many ways an excellent book...though I suppose the 5 star rating may have given you an idea I might think something like that.

This book is very character driven while also having an intense, fast moving yet very plausible plot. Now I know there are going to be people who want to go on about how the book's style is wanting and I'll admit this isn't a work that shoots for "literary depth" at least in some ways. It's also guilty of using some minor stereotyping. It's pictures of some of
Cheryl Klein
Hoo boy. Editorial bias alert, but I think this could kick up quite a splash in the YA world next spring for its awesome cover, its enormously timely themes about the breakdown in political communication and conflict between state and federal governments (and in particular its approach to the latter), its portrait of our all-encompassing media and digital worlds . . . and with all that, its really great characters and action, as Danny Wright first instigates a rebellion he never intended, and th ...more
WOW!!! Since I can't give the review that this book deserves right now (on cell) I would just like to say AMAZING!

KUDOS to the makers of this audiobook. I have to say this is the single most awesome audiobook that I have listened to and I have listened to at least 300 of them! I was so entertained by the reading of this novel that I believe if the story was atrocious I would have enjoyed it anyway. For those of you who love audios this one is a must!

OK so on to the story. Danny is a 17 year old
Action packed
Catherine Linka
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wright, the protagonist of this action-packed speculative novel, is a decent guy trying to fulfill his duty as a National Guardsman when his gun goes off accidentally into a crowd of protesters. The governor of Idaho is already at odds with the President of the US over a national ID card, and this incident is the spark that accelerates the civil war.

Rarely does YA fiction tackle real political questions such as states rights versus federal laws. Trent does an amazing job of presenting both side
Look at that cover! I look at the cover and I see war and destruction in a modern setting. Yay, these are things I like! Unfortunately, nothing even remotely like what you see on the cover happens in the book. I thought that this was a sort of pre-dystopian, you know, watch the empire as it crumbles. I thought it'd be full of action, destruction, moral quandaries, heartbreak, trauma, etc...all the things you want from a good war story. No, that is not this book.

You know those SAT prep novels tha
Lauren Stoolfire
Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy is a brilliant and also incredibly timely pre-dystopian novel. I listened to the audiobook available for free last week through YA Sync.

In the not too distant future, Danny Wright joins the National Guard to serve his country in the way his father did. Then, the Idaho governor sends the Guard to a seemingly routine crowd control mission at a protest in Boise. However, Danny's gun misfires, spooking the highly divided crowd and soldiers, and by the time the smoke cl
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
"If they're [America] so committed to peace , but have failed so miserably the last 50 years, the last century, what makes you think they're going to figure a way out of this mess without fighting?"

WOW! This one is a complete surprise. This is NOT my typical genre nor something I would typically like. So imagine my surprise when I found myself hitting "play" again and again to the audio book, finding reasons to listen to it.

This is a reality completely unimaginable to me. A president pushing th
Alyse Liebovich
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This ordinarily wouldn't have been a title that interested me except for the fact that its plot hits a little too close to what I imagine the U.S. is going to turn into if we continue regressing in this abhorrent political climate. Because of this, I am excited now to recommend this book to teens as a daunting "what if" scenario. I liked it enough to consider listening to the sequel and third books, which is saying a lot these days, though I probably won't jump into them right away. The audio ve ...more
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
As with the other book of Reedy's I recently finished, I enjoyed this more than I expected to. It's a near-future action and adventure about the fall of the USA. It has problems (hence no fifth star) but it is also compelling and suspenseful (hence the four that already are present). I enjoyed the characters, and while the conflict between friends could have been pronounced more, I rarely if ever felt that things were too easy. The plot was superb, and very realistic. With all the forces acting ...more
Oswego Public Library District
In this must-read trilogy opener, seventeen-year-old Danny Wright is a typical all-American high school senior. He plays on his school’s football team, loves his girlfriend JoBell, and parties with his friends. Atypical is his devotion to his anxiety-plagued mother and the Idaho National Guard. When Danny’s unit is called up to quell a riot in downtown Boise over the legality of the mandated Federal ID Card Act, he inadvertently discharges his rifle, sparking a mass shooting. While the Governor ...more
Garrett Pope
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Personal Response: I thought that this book was one of the better books I have read because it was full of action and adventure. There was lots of kissing, but for some odd reason, it made the book a little bit more interesting. A part I liked about the book is that it made me feel like I was in Danny's shoes the whole time.

Plot: Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy is about Daniel Wright, a high schooler and Idaho National Guard member, who fires a shot that changes the United States of America. Li
Kris Dinnison
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Reedy's third novel heads in a completely different direction from his first two. Set in the not too distant future, Divided We Fall plunges us into the middle of a constitutional battle between the U. S. government and the Idaho state legislature. Danny, a high school senior enrolled in the Idaho National Guard, is called up to quell a riot in Boise. When things go wrong and people die, the Idaho governor and the U.S. president go to the brink of war over what should happen to the soldiers invo ...more
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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This book was amazing. I literally could not put it down. It poses so many interesting political and moral questions. I really enjoyed how the author dealt with the different types of conflict that the protagonist experiences. Danny spends just the right amount of time grappling with his circumstances and decisions that must be made. Anything less would have made him seem superficial and any more would have been too much for the reader.
The plot is well developed and has enough resolution to be
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
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This is very probably the boy-est book I've ever read. Listened to. (Thanks SYNC free audio book summer program!)

Football? Check. Military? Check. Guns? Check. Girls? Check. Car chases? Check. Fist-fights? Check. A boy who loves his mother? Check and mate.

That said, The characters were more three-dimensional than they could have been. The setting was realistic, whether the reader imagined it to be an alternate current reality or a near-future possibility. The plot was spritely and timely.

And the
Ms. Yingling
I absolutely adored this author's Words in the Dust and Stealing Air, and they were definitely solidly middle grade. This new title, however, is definitely for high schoolers. The language was coarse but not too bad; what killed this for me was when JoBall texted Danny that she wasn't wearing panties to a party, only her bikini. That's a line crossed right there. However, it's a lot like The Darkest Path, and I know many middle schools will think this would be good. I would read it first to see ...more
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Amazing! And the audio was outstanding. The addition of the news feeds was haunting. Unfortunately, they sounded real and the stances of the various media outlets sounded way too much like actual media today. This makes this fictional story scary to me. The country is divided and the polarization of the media, the influence media has on shaping opinion, is enough to put me on guard and ask, "What if....." ...more
Sep 30, 2014 rated it liked it
As a middle school media specialist, I was really hoping this would be my next "go to" book for boys. Unfortunately, I think the boys in my school may need to get it from the public library or wait until they get to high school. Just too much language, drinking, violence and hanky-panky. Maybe for 8th grade, but I can't risk a 6th grader picking it up. ...more
J.R. Handley
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
First, let me say that none of what I’ll say in this section couldn’t be found on the back copy of the novel. Heck, I cribbed this summary from the back, and then I added my own twist! And not even much of one, since most of the books I read have kick butt descriptions (aka blurbs). If the blurb doesn’t catch my eye, then I tend to skip the book unless a friend recommends it. Generally speaking, my goal is to provide a spoiler-free review, so here goes nothing!

Danny Wright never thought
Rob Baker
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Divided We Fall" tells the very engaging and tense story of when the state of Idaho rebels against a national i.d. law, calling it unconstitutional, and of the potential new civil war that gradually develops as a result.

We see the story through the eyes of 17-year-old Danny, who joins the National Guard out of patriotism (his father died fighting overseas) and also to get some money to help him develop the family business. Danny accidentally becomes a major figurehead in the growing conflict a
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had no idea what this book was about, saw it on my library's site and I could get the whole trilogy right away in audio, so I grabbed them. The covers looked interesting, so why not. I sort of thought they might end up in my dnf pile. Instead I found myself reading a book that while written 4-5 years ago is relevant today. With the politics and the gun issues, so much seemed like it was written with this political and current event situation in mind and I could totally see something like this ...more
Conner C
Now a days I don't even like many of the books I read. This book had my curiosity and right know it has my attention. I may not be done with the book but I am going to read it all the way to the last page. Usually I get a little confused on what is happening in books but somehow I was able to tell everything that was happening, even in the boring parts. The #1 thing I liked about this book is that it has a mix between action and well a few other genres I don't feel like mentioning. The #2 thing ...more
Christopher Xia
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
17 year old Daniel Wright serves the Idaho National Guard. His life becomes completely messed up after firing a bullet that put the United States of America at war with itself. He once swore an oath to obey all orders coming from the president and the governor. But what is he suppose to do when they both order him the fight each other? Divided We Fall has showed me how brutal an experience in an army can be and has successfully convinced me to never join the army. Even though the timeline of the ...more
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Goodreads book review: Divided we Fall
By: Christian Farricker

I read the book “Divided we Fall” by Trent Reedy. Divided we Fall is about a private first class Danny Wright is the Idaho national guard. This book circles around how Danny Wright destroyed the United States. Danny enlisted in the National Guard the day he turned seventeen so he could serve his state and his country like his father had. When the Governor of Idaho called up the Guard to go to Boise, it seemed like a simple crowd contr
Finn Lindsey
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Politics seem to often rule the news these days. Sometimes it's just silly things like an irrelevant law about I.D. cards. That's why I love this book. It feels as though this truely could happen any day now, and over something like several deaths during a protest. Not to make innocent deaths sound inferior or anything, but they just lead to more death in this case, when they really didn't have to.
In the book, the president demands the identity of the soldiers that fired shots during the riots.
Gavin Griffiths
The main characters name is Daniel. Daniel was play football with his friends. Daniels mom gets panic attacks when her schedule is interrupted. Daniel has a cherry-red 1991 Chevy Blazer that he calls The Beast. One of Daniel's friends is adopted from Korea. Daniel dropped off his girlfriend at her house. Daniel works at Schmidt & Wright Auto. The radio was talking about the government and some surveillance cards. Daniel is with the National Guard. Daniel joined the National Guard at seventeen. ...more
Roman Bilanicz
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book! I’m not really in to war books but I loved this one. Contains a great mix of love, family, high school life, sports, and war. I highly recommend this book, it is my new favorite of all time.
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I pledge alegience
To the Flag
Of the United States of America
And to the Republic
For which it stands
One nation, under God
With liberty and justice for all.
These words mean something to me. Something very important, because they say in no uncertain terms that The United States of America will never falter, never fail, and this book is awesome, and those ID cards (per mentioned in the book) are a true invasion of privacy. God bless America.
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