Thursday, January 1, 2015

Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy

From the publisher:  Danny Wright never thought he'd be the man to bring down the United States of America. In fact, he enlisted in the Idaho National Guard because he wanted to serve his country the way his father did. When the Guard is called up on the governor's orders to police a protest in Boise, it seems like a routine crowd-control mission ... but then Danny's gun misfires, spooking the other soldiers and the already fractious crowd, and by the time the smoke clears, twelve people are dead.

Well, who knew that my first book of 2015 would be a high school book and the first in a trilogy.  But, alas it is both of these.  That being said, it was an interesting book that really made me think about federalism vs. states rights.  In the USA, we take so much for granted, and this book brings up the point while also putting it in the perspective of a 17 year old kid. Yes, I said kid because that is what Danny is.  As a mother of a 17 year old boy who believes that he is 7 foot tall and bullet proof, I have a unique perspective with this novel.  It hit way too close to home.

I highly recommend this book for an older crowd--14 and up in my humble opinion.  Thanks so much for this book, Mr. Reedy, that made me think and question how I would feel if I was put in a similar situation.  That folks is what I would call a good read.