The Split Synopsis: You have a disease in your head. There is a cure . . . but it equals the truth. What if the truth is worse than the disease? What if the truth might save you . . . and everyone else?
Aurik has been changed. An out-of-control experiment between countries altered the planet’s petroleum and altered kids. They search for a cure the only place they can; the island.
Run by the government, the island is supposed to cure you. Aurik knows better. His brother went a few years ago and was sent back home in a box. A lead box with a window.
Aurik finds other kids with the change and together they make the difficult trip to the the island. But the island is hiding a secret; they are waiting for him because they already know Aurik.
He’s never been there . . . – Goodreads
The Split Review
The Split is an interesting look at the world after scientists do something incredibly stupid. Not quite post-apocalyptic, but definitely set after the world as we’re used to it has ground to a hot, it centers around a young man who has already been through incredible sorrow, and now his body is changing because of the whole scientists being stupid thing.
The writing, while definitely needing the rough edges sanded off, is fairly solid and the story was interesting enough that once I started reading, I didn’t want to stop. The secondary characters could stand to be a little more developed, but they aren’t exactly cardboard cutouts, so it works. The main problem, though, is that even when the writing isn’t intended to be choppy sounding (there are some parts where you can tell its meant to sound a certain way) it still is. Like a sentence was missing here or there.
“His religion was science, and science relied on facts. Facts, not rumors, were where he found his faith” – Noel Thomas Fiems
“He wondered if the body was like a shirt you could change from time to time. Just a set of clothes. If you’re lucky, you get to dress nice.” – Noel Thomas Fiems
“I apologize for the incompetence, sir. This is our first attempt at sabotage.” – Noel Thomas Fiems
Overall, the plot was interesting (change one small thing, change the world) and the writing (if not super strong) was engaging. There was a twist I really didn’t expect, even though looking back I should have known something was up. It was a pleasant way to spend a few hours.