Burning Nation

Burning Nation

Book - 2015
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Idaho is a war zone under Federal occupation, and Danny Wright and his friends in the Idaho Militia are determined to fight back, running guerrilla missions against the army--but what at first seemed like a straightforward battle against governmental repression quickly grows murky, and Danny finds that even winning the war does not mean an end to tyranny.
Publisher: New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780545548731
054554873X
Branch Call Number: REE Y
Characteristics: 417 pages ; 22 cm

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JCLChrisK Aug 22, 2016

Don't be fooled by the opening battle scene and continuous conflict that drives the story into thinking this is a simple action book. It's tense and fast-paced, yes, but it is also full of moral, psychological, interpersonal, and political conflict. It is a book whose external action deeply considers complicated internal issues.

In my review of the first book in the series, I wrote: "This is a gripping, thoughtful, powerful story, one deserving of many thoughtful readers interested in considering how a nation might very easily come apart as seen through the eyes of a young man during his descent from respectable patriot to accidental terrorist--or rise to hero, depending on which side of the state line one stands." That is equally true for this book.

While the first book captured the initial conflict and escalation, this depicts the actual war. That opening battle scene is the federal invasion of Idaho, and the protagonists spend the rest of story as occupied insurgents. In quiet moments they ask themselves (and each other) if they are rebel heroes and true patriots or illegal terrorists killing innocent soldiers, and if and how their tactics matter in that equation. When the action gets hot and heavy, though, all that matters is their love and loyalties to those they know best.

Amidst all the action is a discerning deliberation of the many complex factors involved in armed conflict that wonderfully balances the personal and philosophical. Equally entertaining and sobering.

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aliciamarie
May 25, 2015

I was honored to be able to read both books in this series as ARCs. I recently re-read this book, the second in the series and was once again blown away! This book is filled with compelling issues of violence, politics, justice and morality from the point of view of a 17 year old. This book faces the questions that have most likely been on everyone's mind- does one's loyalty fall with their state, or their country? Highly recommend this book and Divided We Fall (first in this series).

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