Published: January 27, 2015
In this wrenching sequel to DIVIDED WE FALL, Danny and friends fight to defend Idaho 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.
Private Danny Wright, the accidental figurehead of the Idaho rebellion, becomes an insurgent in his hometown, fighting the Feds alongside his closest friends, including Becca and JoBelle.
While Danny’s moral conflict is easier now that he’s committed to the fight, the increasingly personal stakes keep him from growing complacent. While he’s glad to have his friends fighting by his side he’s worried that he could be the cause of their deaths.
Things go from bad to worse because open revolution has led to the beginning of a new American Civil War. Danny is captured and tortured by the Feds for two weeks along with Sparrow but are rescued by his friends and the Brotherhood.
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.
As with Divided We Fall, I had the audio version and the narration was beyond fantastic.
If you haven’t read anything by this author, be sure to add him to your “authors to try” list.