Sunday, November 29, 2015

Divided We Fall / Trent Reedy / 374 pages / Scary November Challenge

"These are sad day for America.  First, terrible unemployment at 18%, federal debt off the charts, a federal government shut down over budget disagreements."  Congress has passed the Federal Identification Card Act sparking protests - some of them violent - nationwide.  Seventeen year old Daniel Christopher Wright signed up for the army national guard to support his country,  (His dad died defending it.) and to earn much needed money to pay for mechanics courses and to save enough to buy out his dad's partner in the auto repair business when he is ready to retire.  He spent the summer at basic training at Fort Leonard Wood (MO) and is ready to embark on his senior year playing football, bull riding, spending time with his friends and girl, JoBell, and calming his nervous mother.  When protesters gather in Boise to protest the new Spy Card legislation, Idaho governor Montaine calls out the national guard to support police.  Danny is called to duty and accidentally fires the first shot in a rapidly escalating battle over states' rights, federal supremacy, and scary overreaching government.  This is a tense, fast-paced narrative of apocalyptic proportions.  Although it would make an excellent movie, the print version allows one the halt the action, to assimilate, to ponder, and to reconcile.

"It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself."
"Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art."
"Anger is one letter short of danger."
"Government big enough to give you everything is also powerful enough to take it all away."

Gateway Award Preliminary Nominee 2016-17

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