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Empire of the Saviours (Chronicles of a Cosmic Warlord, eUs will probably be annoyed at the way certain characters are presented or portrayed That said they are not farnough off for me to call the writer on it He has in most cases simply amplified what s thereThe vents in this book could happen Not only could they happen it s not that unlikely The vents here are not far fetched at allOf course the novel also Good Thinking ends in a way and in a place that will make you want to give the writer a piece of your mind about the inhumanity of cliffhangersI hate cliffhangersThe next book is slated to be out next yearI m waitingI like this one I recommend this one WOW Since I can t give the review that this book deserves right now on cell I would just like to say AMAZINGKUDOS to the makers of this audiobook I have to say this is the single most awesome audiobook that I have listened to and I have listened to at least 300 of them I was sontertained by the reading of this novel that I believe if the story was atrocious I would have Death in Mumbai enjoyed it anyway For those of you who love audios this one is a mustOK so on to the story Danny is a 17 year old boy thatnlisted in the National Guard to honor his father and country At the time Danny didn t realize that this decision would lead to other decisions and his Baccarat : La lgende du cristal entire life would change Danny lost his father to the cause and his mother didn t do well with the loss Danny was left to pick up the pieces and help his mother over the tough spots He just didn t know how bumpy that road was going to getOne weekend Danny and other guard members were called out to try to stifle a protest It was a simple routine job so it didn t seem out of hand to send the young guards to handle the task Only it wasn t a simple job and when the bullets when flying and the smoke cleared people were dead and the solders of the guard were to blame How did this happen One day Danny was in high school and the next he was in the line of fire Funny how life can change with a blink of theyeThere were moments in this book that I was angry Angry with the way the public were treating these kids I mean he was 17 and the way the news would just turn O Colégio de Todos os Segredos everything around which they do all the time and how the government mainly the president thought they could hold a group of kids with only weekend training responsible for any of this There were times that I was overwhelmed Overwhelmed with the way Danny cared for his mother She was not at all stable and he always keep her in the forefront of his plans thoughts and actions There were times when I was heart broken Heart broken because of the decision that Danny has to make and the aftermath of that decisionTrent did a fabulous job with this book and I could go on and on about how fascinating and awesome action packed and thought provoking this story is but I will let you read it yourself I would recommend this to anyone be it someone looking for YA action dystopian whatver it may be you are looking for this is an all around terrific read Wright the protagonist of this action packed speculative novel is a decent guy trying to fulfill his duty as a National Guardsman when his gun goes off accidentally into a crowd of protesters The governor of Idaho is already at odds with the President of the US over a national ID card and this incident is the spark that accelerates the civil war Rarely does YA fiction tackle real political uestions such as states rights versus federal laws Trent does an amazing job of presenting both sides of the arguments in a way that is thoughtful and totally ngaging and one that allows lots of opportunity for debate Although there is lots of military action and detail to lure in reluctant readers Trent doesn t glorify war His protagonist struggles with the motional impact of shooting a fellow citizen Perfect for reluctant readers fathers and sons US government classes Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy is a brilliant and also incredibly Timely Pre Dystopian Novel pre dystopian novel listened to the audiobook available for free last week through YA SyncIn the not too distant future Danny Wright joins the National Guard to serve his country in the way his father did Then the Idaho governor sends the Guard to a seemingly routine crowd control mission at a protest in Boise However Danny s gun misfires spooking the highly divided crowd and soldiers and by the time the smoke clears twelve people are dead The President wants the soldiers to face justice for the Battle of Boise while the governor of Idaho swears to protect Danny and the rest of the Guard As tensions build on both sides of the political divide conflict begins to Zoete tranen escalate potentially leading to another civil warThe political uestions and themesxplored in Divided We Fall such as states rights vs federal rights are popular in contemporary American culture I mean just turn on the news Glenn Beck which I try not to or any political commentator sensational journalist for that matter That being said you don t see a whole lot of it in YA fiction or not uite like this I would call this sort of a pre dystopia although this is set a few years in the future it feels frighteningly plausible in a right around the corner way Trent Reedy does an xcellent JOB OF PRESENTING BOTH SIDES OF of presenting both sides of arguments states rights vs federal rights and conservative America vs liberal America among others in captivating and ngaging ways Primarily this is done through the fantastic cast of characters but Danny does the most heavy lifting when he s placed right smack dab in the middle of Revived everything Divided We Fall is anxciting action packed thrill ride that also packs a pretty heavy motional punch War is not glorified as
"Danny physically and motionally struggles through the decisions he will inevitably be forced to makeI "physically and motionally struggles through the decisions he will inevitably be forced to makeI really njoyed the production of the audiobook Primarily we have Andrew Eiden narrating but we also have an Love for Imperfect Things ensemble of voice actors providing the media presence in the story It s a refreshing audio production which makes the most of its format Finally I highly highly highly recommend this fantastic novel by Trent Reedy and I can t wait for book two Burning Nation This ordinarily wouldn t have been a title that interested mexcept for the fact that its plot hits a little too close to what I imagine the US is going to turn into if we continue regressing in this abhorrent political climate Because of this I am A Heart of Stone excited now to recommend this book to teens as a daunting what if scenario I liked itnough to consider listening to the seuel and third books which is saying a lot these days though I probably won t jump into them right away The audio version is fantastic because all of the newsNPR interludes sound like actual broadcasts with a variety of narrator. Governor swears to protect them And as tensions build on both sides the conflict slowly scalates toward the unthinkable a second American civil warWith political uestions that are popular in American culture yet rare in YA fiction and a provocative plot that could far too asily become real DIVIDED WE FALL is Trent Reedy's very timely YA debut. 25 STARSI am Private First Class Daniel Christopher WrightI am seventeen years oldAnd I fired the shot that Language and Linguistics ended the United States of America Who can say no to that come hither tagline Who can say no to that tagline AND that kickass cover Plus reading and reviewing books in denial pretending to be somethinglse other than stylized bodice rippers have started to become tedious and repetitive that I have started to actively look for offbeat optionsAtleast I get to complain about something newHonestly I m still conflicted on how I should rate this I was really intrigued by the premise and I found Trent Reedy s interpretation of how Civil War can come to America chillingly plausible and timely At times it was like imagining what the news will be like five six months from now For me it also managed to skirt around the trap of pushing biased personal politics This was told Divertimento entirely from the POV of PFC Wright and while that couldasily spell romanticizing stereotypical Republican sentiments laced with gun porn and Murica it doesn t take that Love Is a Fairy Tale easy road if you carenough to look closer And my conflict of rating this stems from my strong disconnect from of Dany and his Scooby Gang Which I appreciated because on the one hand it avoided outright Democrat bashing but on the other hand I was really alienated from Danny as the main protagonistAnd I m not sure if that was intentional I GOT SOUL BUT I M NOT A SOLDIER In the Promise at Dawn eerily familiar future Congress has passed The Federal Identification Card Act which replaces Social Security cards in order to streamline and simplify access to federal services and provideasy proof of legal ligibility for mployment The State of Idaho however protests the constitutionality of such card as it also contains apart from personal information a chip that allows for the tracking of the card s bearerI find this backdrop uite interesting but I m going to leave the poking of the politics to the brave and focus on the story insteadPFC Danny Wright a high school senior trainee for the National Guard receives a phone call one night activating him for duty to help with crowd control in a violent protest rally in Boise Most of the Idaho Army National Guard has been deployed to fight the war in Iran forcing the state government to tap their younger Bangkok Wakes to Rain enlistees It was supposed to be a simplenough mission that led to a night of violence leaving twelve people dead and nine injured from gunshots set off by Danny accidentally discharging his weapon on the protestersThe POTUS demands for the names and punishment of those involved but the Governor insists that they were just doing their job and opts to protect the identities of his soldiers The rest of the country offered opinions both and against ither parties but Danny is hell bent on keeping his secrets and his senior life normal he s caring for his mentally unstable mother he means to propose to his high school sweetheart JoBell his time is occupied with football and the rodeo As the tension between the State and Federal government reaches fever pitch with Idaho barricading itself from its neighboring states Danny s forced to make choices as a conseuence of other men s own choices Men with higher power brandishing higher calibers of weapon from his standard issue M4 Men with the power and mandate to tear his country apart Once blood is spilled we re stuck in the fight for the long haul If we work out a compromise then what was the point of all those casualties WINS I find the book uite polished The cover is gorgeous and intriguing and while some of the supposed photos in my ARC just nded up as gray boxes in my Darkmere ereader I find the incorporation of comments and uploaded pictures in public forums by random citizens and news reports refreshing It reflected the growing tension and how mob justice in social media and reality become parasites that feed intoach other s frenzy uite cleverly The pre dystopian America Reedy created was simultaneously xciting and horrifying The prospect of having Benedict Cumberbatch or Tina Fey as my personal digi assistant reading my mail Yes please The idea Of Every News Agency Having Devolved As Fox News Clones every news agency having devolved
AS FOX NEWS CLONES IT DOESFox News clones it does on how sensational journalism operates How it stokes popular sentiments and motions to its whim As the story progressed it became less about the shooting and gradually became about the NRA sticker in Danny s co worker s desk or the safety violations in the place he works in and so onI also njoyed the genuine portrayal of democracy in a believable crisis presented here It was fascinating to see how the Bigger Picture Of The ID picture of the ID argument between the State and Federal government bleeds and trickles down into the most rudimentary units of society It stretches a lot of rules in logic but made the story somewhat ntertaining FAILS I had real big issues with Danny He started off okay for someone who calls his truck Beast He was someone with patriotic ideals with small town values shoved in a situation that became bigger than his good intentions He just wants to serve his country while playing football and fooling around with his liberal girlfriend JoBell There was a vulnerability in him highlighted by his moral conflicts that unfortunately started to fade in the background as the story progressedHe starts to Scraps Of The Untainted Sky evolve into a Gary Stu character where thentire State of Idaho seems to be revolving around his whims and his needs He has the governor on speed dial he has the sheriff at his beck and call to do his bidding he and his friends try to The Eric Carle Gift Set escape the federal authorities in a car chase that leaves someone dead he gets a pat on the back He s bulletproof from the ConstitutionDanny struggles to maintain his normal routine throughout the conflict so while the President and the governor of Idaho are butting headshe s partying playing football target shooting at his girlfriend s backyard while the world watches on He wails about the media twisting his story but he isn txactly playing his cards smart He swings from being self deprecating to calling his principal an asshole Because of his poor fashion choices He starts to distance himself from his increasingly rash behavior and its repercussions Suddenly its EVERYONE s fault Huguenot Prophecy and Clandestine Worship in the Eighteenth Century except his Does this somehow relate to the breakdown of his values and character because of the mounting pressure from outside It didn t really seem so sadly Instead all I see is a boy with patriotic fantasies slowly unravelling as who he really is a douchewad with phenomenal bouts of idiocyI liked that this had two parallel stories going on the political conflict and the locals struggles unfortunately Danny s function to bridge both sides as a soldier an. From the author of the acclaimed WORDS IN THE DUST an action packed YA novel set in a frighteningly plausible near future about what happens when the States are no longer UnitedDanny Wright never thought he'd be the man to bring down the United States of America In fact henlisted in the National Guard because he wanted to serve his country th. D a high school senior wasn t seamless and Fashion Design Course ended this side of bizarre Idaho secedes from the US government and Danny has to choose which master to serve so he calls his Scooby Gang to throw a partyHe somehow manages to get himself to these action movie situations ie Car chases open fire combattc that gives him the opportunity to bust out these ultra cheesy lines that just gives me goosebumps And hives In ONE car chase seuence he dished out the following sound bites Everybody hold on This is going to get roughOh you did not just scratch up my truckYou want war We will give you war Michael Bay would be so proudThe POTUS and the governor s Aeralis (The Frost Chronicles, exchange of posturing dialogue didn t fare any better and just made them come across caricaturishI did like most of Danny s posse though I am not a big fan of them getting wedged in on the action for no reason other than comic relief and the threat of a love triangle in the next book PLEASE DON T GO THERE If there s anything going for this book it s the intriguing premise No need to incorporate THAT trope to make it worseThisnded on a cliffhanger keeping in the tradition of cheesetastic one liners I want to be hopeful for this series To be fair the first half was pretty gripping and had good intentions in what it was presenting However it was the assholization of Danny in the second half that did this in It may have made the book successful in keeping itself from being partisan to a particular political sentiment but it spelled much piss offerizationism on my part as a reader ARC provided by Arthur A Levine Books thru NetGalley in Alternatives Chapter 2 (The Chronos Files; The Shattered Saga exchange for an unbiased and honest review uotes may not appear on the finalditionAlso on BookLikes Hoo boy Editorial bias alert but I think this could kick up uite a splash in the YA world next spring for its awesome cover its Cincinnati and Other Plays enormously timely themes about the breakdown in political communication and conflict between state and federal governments and in particular its approach to the latter its portrait of our allncompassing media and digital worlds and with all that its really great characters and action as Danny Wright first instigates a rebellion he never intended and then must choose his side and his friends It s a PRE dystopia novel about an Speak Out! entirely plausible America and very thought provoking as such as well as a great read ARCs should be available later this month Action packed Look at that cover I look at the cover and I see war and destruction in a modern setting Yay these are things I like Unfortunately nothingven remotely like what you see on the cover happens in the book I thought that this was a sort of pre dystopian you know watch the I Like You the Best empire as it crumbles I thought it d be full of action destruction moral uandaries heartbreak traumatcall the things you want from a good war story No that is not this bookYou know those SAT prep novels that are supposed to be an The collectors encyclopedia of antique marbles entertaining way to learn SAT vocab words This reads like that if they had a Civics version The beginning is strong I actually connected to Danny at firstven though we couldn t be different He s very much a Red State teenage boy into football rodeo his gun his truck his girl and the National Guard He has genuine and affecting relationships with his mom and his girlfriend He seems like a pretty good kid all in allThe chaos The Philosophy of Giambattista Vico ensuing the misfires and Danny smotional reaction to the unnecessary deaths did ndear him to me Unfortunately that didn t last long The book immediately gets bogged down into a whole lot of nothingness as I will detail There s
AN ACTION SCENE IN THE BEGINNINGaction scene in the beginning action scene at the nd and a whole lot of tedious unraveling of civics end and a whole lot of tedious unraveling of civics and info dumping in the middle Really it s super tedious and uninteresting If Civics didn t xcite you in high school than this is not the book for you The final action scene is just bizarre and full of cheesy cliches Danny goes on a dangerous mission across the nemy line All of his friends come with him He doesn t need them and it s very dangerous They just come anyway to provide drama and some comedy but comeeeee onnnnnn And guess what Super surprisingly things go very very wrong The best friend character is a male chauvinist whose humor is intended for comedic More Punishment For His Cheating Wife effect No The girls don t take any of his shit which is nice But still you re very obviously supposed to look on him as like Oh that lovable rascal No He s just disgusting and gross and it s not funny At times the girlfriend really seems like a caricature She is representing the liberal POV for the story but I did tend to think that it was just a bit over the top She was super zealous in her anti war anti soldier stance in a way that just reminded me of the way FOX News represents liberals There is no Second Civil War as we see from the blurb Thisntire book is just one long set up for it I guess the actual war part will be Book 2 But I wanted war dammitI imagine this is a book for people who really like the political nitty gritty and would love to take a step by step look at Decision exactly how and why the US could fall into a second civil war That person is not me thoughAt least this book made me very curious about Idaho and I would now like to go there someday Thanks book An advance copy was provided by the publisher inxchange for this review If they re America so committed to peace but have failed so miserably the last 50 years the last century what makes you think they re going to figure a way out of this mess without fightingWOW This one is a complete surprise This is NOT my typical genre nor something I would typically like So imagine my surprise when I found myself hitting play again and again to the audio book finding reasons to listen to it This is a reality completely unimaginable to me A president pushing these identification cards on us And one state One state of Idaho going against it strongly The View from Alameda Island enough to fight One lone bullet one misfiring gun and it s all out war What a horrific reality The audio book was great adding commercials and songs and a complete atmosphere to the story I will definitely read book 2 I have to know how thisnds This is in many ways an When Fox Is a Thousand excellent bookthough I suppose the 5 star rating may have given you an idea I might think something like thatThis book is very character driven while also having an intense fast moving yet very plausible plot Now I know there are going to be people who want to go on about how the book s style is wanting and I ll admit this isn t a work that shoots for literary depth at least in some ways It s also guilty of using some minor stereotyping It s pictures of some of the players aren t really spot onBut they are closenough for the story to be believable Some of. E way his father did When the Guard is called up on the Idaho 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 deadThe president wants the soldiers arrested The.