The Last Full Measure (Divided We Fall, Book 3)

Series: Divided We Fall

by Trent Reedy

Arthur A. Levine Books
May 2016

Ages 14 – 18 . Grades 9 – 12

Lexile measure: 830L

In a YA trilogy like no other, Trent Reedy has raised the most primal questions of our national existence: Do we owe our greatest loyalty to our friends? Our state? Our country? Our party? How do we reconcile our individual rights and common needs? What keeps us all united -- and what happens if we fall apart?

Now, in this third book, the Second Civil War has come to an end in Idaho. The Feds have taken the fight to other fronts, and Danny and his friends are free of US dominance. But that freedom comes with considerable costs, from Danny's disturbing flashbacks to the war, to the Brotherhood of the White Eagle, whose "security" for Freedom Lake looks more like outright thuggery. After Danny makes a shocking discovery about the Brotherhood's final aims, he and his friends lead a group of townspeople on a dangerous journey across a ravaged Idaho, hoping to build a better society of their own, and fulfill the dreams they had in what once was the United States.
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

    Praise for Burning Nation

    * "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." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

    "An action-packed thriller that may well lead readers to further explore the complicated constitutional and political issues it raises." -- Kirkus Reviews


--- - The image cut to static and then to a blue screen. A second later, a dozen or so other feeds on the wall screen did the same. "Paul, what's going on?" Buzz said to his producer. "I thought Montaine's people said they had this fixed."

"I don't get it." Paul checked some readouts on a different screen. "We should be up. This is showing all our equipment is...."

At nearly the same time, all the blue screens switched to black with the words EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM in bold white letters near the top. Three short screeches sounded, followed by a long, high-pitched tone. Seconds later our comms began to buzz the same way.

"No," JoBell whispered. "What now?"

"This is an automated emergency recording from the United States federal government." The male voice from the screen sounded completely fake, like it was coming from an antique computer. "A debilitating thermonuclear detonation has been detected in Washington D.C. If you are receiving this message, take shelter immediately and conserve all food, fuel, and water. Repeating. This is an automated emergency recording from the United States federal government..."

Thermonuclear detonation. The missing warheads. President Griffith had been trying to find them, but it was too late.

This couldn't be happening.