Divided We Fall (Divided We Fall, Book 1)

Series: Divided We Fall

by Trent Reedy

Arthur A. Levine Books
January 2015

Ages 14 – 16 . Grades 9 – 11

Lexile measure: HL760L


Guided Reading: Z+



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.

The president wants the soldiers arrested. The governor swears to protect them. And as tensions build on both sides, the conflict slowly escalates toward the unthinkable: a second American civil war.

With political questions that are popular in American culture yet rare in YA fiction, and a provocative plot that asks what happens when the states are no longer united, Divided We Fall is Trent Reedy's very timely YA debut.
Trent Reedy

Trent Reedy is the author of Divided We Fall, Burning Nation, and The Last Full Measure, a trilogy about the second American Civil War; If You're Reading This; Stealing Air; and Words in the Dust, which was the winner of the Christopher Medal and an Al Roker's Book Club pick on the Today Show. Trent and his family live near Spokane, Washington. Please visit his website at


  • Praise for DIVIDED WE FALL

    *"[A] stunning trilogy opener... This cautionary tale screams immediacy and urgency, a page-turner that rapidly moves toward a catastrophic cliffhanger." – PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review

    "Set in a not-too-distant future, the book mixes patriotism with incredible realism, creating an all-too-possible pre-dystopia. . . . Strong characters, a fast-paced narrative, and complex questions about what it means to be an American make Reedy's speculative novel a must-read." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

    "DIVIDED WE FALL delivers cover-to-cover action, intrigue and suspense, all with a gut-punch of an ending that'll leave you begging for the next installment." -- Brad Thor, author of THE LAST PATRIOT.

    "Tense, heart-wrenching, and all too believable–I can't wait to read more!" – Tamora Pierce, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of BATTLE MAGIC and TERRIER

    "Powerful and timely! Trent Reedy's chilling tale hits hard as an ambush. Prepare to lose sleep reading what could be your very near future..." – W.E.B. Griffin & William E. Butterworth IV, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling authors of THE LAST WITNESS and HAZARDOUS DUTY



Lieutenant McFee ordered our squad ahead with a hand motion. Sergeant Meyers on point held his rifle up above his head with both hands. I walked after them on the far left. Inside my gas mask, I could hear my every breath heavy and loud. I kept my thumb on the safety switch of my gun and my finger right next to the trigger.
"Oh God," I prayed. "Please help me get out of this one. This stuff isn't cool anymore. I just want to –"
Something smacked into my mask and my weapon went off. Through the cracked plastic of the eyepieces, I saw the flash out of the end of my barrel.
“Hold your fire!” someone shouted.
How had that happened? Someone threw a rock and hit me and I was surprised. Must have accidentally –
Another gunshot went off. Wasn't me. A third shot.