Burning Nation by Trent Reedy

Burning NationThis book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

(Description nicked from B&N.com.)

“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.”

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Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy

Divided We Fall(Description nicked from B&N.com.)

“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.”

This is the kind of intelligent young adult novel that I think should be on every reading list imaginable.  Yes, it contains a lot of action, and yes, it contains teen romance and angst, but there’s much more to it than that.  This is a book that is going to make you think, and you’re going to end up pondering issues that you probably haven’t ever thought about before.

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