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Title:
Burning nation
Author:
Reedy, Trent, author.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., [2015]
Physical Description:
417 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
Idaho is a war zone under Federal occupation, and Danny Wright and his friends in the Idaho Militia are determined to fight back, running guerrilla missions against the army--but what at first seemed like a straightforward battle against governmental repression quickly grows murky, and Danny finds that even winning the war does not mean an end to tyranny.
General Note:
Sequel to: Divided we fall.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
HL 760 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.0 18.0 171635.

Reading Counts RC High School 5.6 27 Quiz: 65460.
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ISBN:
9780545548731
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Book

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Summary

Summary

In this wrenching sequel to Divided We Fall , Danny and friends fight 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.


Author Notes

TRENT REEDY is the author of Words in the Dust , winner of the Christopher Medal and an Al Roker's Book Club pick on the Today Show , and Stealing Air . Trent and his wife live in Spokane, Washington. Please visit his website at www.trentreedy.com .


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

The second installment of Reedy's Divided We Fall trilogy, about an Idaho National Guardsman caught between loyalties when the state and federal government end up in armed conflict, opens with a bang, as Idaho resists efforts at forceful suppression. Private Danny Wright, the accidental figurehead of the Idaho rebellion, becomes an insurgent in his hometown, fighting the Feds alongside his closest friends. Matters escalate, turning into open revolution and the beginning of a new American Civil War, and leading to a chilling portrayal of a disintegrating nation where neither side is entirely right or wrong. While Danny's moral conflict is easier now that he's committed to the fight, the increasingly personal stakes keep him from growing complacent. 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. Ages 14-up. Agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-In this gritty sequel to Divided We Fall (2014), Private Daniel Wright finds himself at the forefront of Idaho's fight for independence from the United States. Following the state's refusal to enforce the Federal Identification Card Act, military occupation ensues, and Wright and his fellow soldiers, overwhelmed and outnumbered, find themselves on the losing side of America's Second Civil War. Surrounded by death and escalating brutality, Danny, conflicted over his sense of duty and his desire to start a peaceful life with his girlfriend JoBell, watches the Idaho he loves descend into savagery. A symbol for the rebellion and the target of federal forces, Danny struggles to maintain his humanity while his enemies will stop at nothing to destroy him and the rebellion. Adrenaline-fueled and gut-wrenching, Reedy's depiction of an America on the brink of governmental collapse feels all-too-plausible in today's complex political climate. Here, readers are given an intense first-person look at the atrocities of war as seen and experienced by Danny, whose growing inner turmoil is understandable in light of the brutality he faces, and it's this gradual change in character that makes Danny more believable. Further pushing the boundaries of realism is Reedy's use of italicized news reports and social media posts in particular that puts the audience in the middle of the action, much like what can be experienced in online coverage today. Frighteningly authentic, Daniel Wright's plight will have readers clamoring for the final installment in this action-packed and thought-provoking trilogy.-Audrey Sumser, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Mayfield, OH (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

From DIVIDED WE FALL TRILOGY: BOOK #2: BURNING NATION:A new roar tore through the sky above us -- an Apache attack helicopter blasting away. The road in front of us burst with sparks and chunks of pavement. I swerved into the left lane as bits of blacktop peppered the truck."They're trying to make us stop," I said. I put the pedal to the floor. The tunnel was in view. "They're speeding up!" Herbokowitz yelled."Look out!" Kemp shouted.Seconds later, the Apache dropped down out of the sky in front of us, hovering a few feet off the ground."Nice try," I said. The gunship hadn't turned its thirty-millimeter cannon on us yet, so I drove straight for it. My big truck with its reinforced body traveling at eighty miles an hour, up against this stationary helicopter with its thin hull? I'd knock it back to the mountain if I had to. Excerpted from Burning Nation by Trent Reedy All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.