Summary from Goodreads:
What if a cure = the truth?
What if the truth was worse than the disease?
You need to be cured . . . veil jumper . . .
You’re sick . . . moonshine monster . . .
You’re not aware . . . verse skipper . . .
GO AWAY, you tell it. It can’t be . . . you have a voice in your head like everyone else. But the voice changes. It’s you, but different . . . from another time? Questions your reality, your friends, and your sanity. He tells you things before they happen. You feel them too. You don’t want him in your head – this is your life, not his. What does he have to hide?
Aurik was caught in the Split line. A joint experiment between countries, the slit experiment, ruins the planet’s petroleum. Changes life and changes kids. Physical and mental disorders plague them and continue to get worse along with confusing extrasensory powers. Compelled to seek help, they go the only place they can; the island.
Aurik is no different, except for the voice in his head. Everybody believes the island can help, but he knows better. His brother went three years before and returned home in a lead box. A lead box with a window.
Aurik’s change starts then he meets other kids with the change. Together they make the long, dangerous trip for help but something isn’t right at the island. They already know Aurik.
He’s never been there.
This book was fantastic. It blew me away. It was one of the most unique dystopian books I’ve read.
The book begins with an amazing setting and tragedy. Right off the bat your emotions are yanked right out. It’s a definite attention getter. I was hooked.
The Split is an interesting concept. The author does a great job of explaining enough of the details that the reader feels confident of the why without it being over technical and confusing.
The tech in this book is pretty cool. But what really got my attention was the different mutations of the kids. What an imagination this author has!
I really enjoyed how Aurik’s group mesh. Their “powers” compliment each other and it was interesting seeing how creative they could be to use them.
All of the characters in this book are extremely well written. Their personalities are vibrant and memorable. I enjoyed the flipping narrative. I like seeing the story from more than one set of eyes. It makes me feel somewhat omnipresent. Which as a reader, we kinda are.
The Doctor is bat shit certifiable crazy. As most people who dehumanize their fellow man are. What makes it worse is that his victims are kids. But, since when has that stopped anyone before?
The premise of this book was original. I’ve read other dystopian novels that have a disease as the main issue but this one was unique in it’s set up of how the disease actually came about. It was very interesting and I am looking forward to learning more about it in the next book.
I feel bad for all those kids though. Both the ones who thought they were cured and the ones who were hoping to be. Deception in that manner cuts to the bone. Our concern for our survival is our vulnerability. If we think our life is on the line we will give up lots of freedom to stay alive. The author did well in manipulating this into his story.
I grant this book the full 5 stars!
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The Technical Data:
Title: The Split Part 1 | Author(s): Noel Thomas Fiems |
Publisher: Self Published / Publication Date: 11-25-2014 |Pages: 288 (Kindle) |ISBN: B00Q6YLEZE | Genre(s): Science Fiction / Fantasy| Language:English |Rating: 5 out of 5 | Date Read: 1-6-2016 |Source: Copy From Author