Arthur A. Levine Books, 1/2014
RECOMMENDED BY SUSAN
Superb! I loved this tense, exciting, well-written story of Danny who is 17 years old, his father died in the military, his mother has debilitating panic attacks, and he is a senior in high school, playing football, driving his cool car named The Beast, and spending time with a few special friends and girlfriend, JoBell, in Idaho. Just before the start of school year, Danny joined the Idaho Nat’l Guard. Now Idaho is objecting to a presidential idea of identification cards embedded with GPS. That means any citizen could be tracked anywhere in the world. Danny is torn. He has sworn allegiance to the state of Idaho but also to the USA. As the conflict escalates, Danny chooses the Idaho Guard. When Idaho builds up their borders and moves soldiers in, so does the USA bringing soldiers, weapons and vehicles and putting an embargo on the state of Idaho. The burden on the shoulders of this 17 year old is huge – not only taking care of his mother but trying to do what he is supposed to for the Guard. With his friends by his side, Danny grows up fast as he has to shoot US soldiers and rescue his mother. This is an excellent read for both sexes, and especially for boys as this covers so many of the emotions and issues of a teen growing up. This could easily be a real story in today’s world of government interference with states and as a fiction story, it is riveting. I will be first in line to read the sequel and I can’t wait.