Review: Schism


Book Title: Schism
Author: Britt Holewinski
Series: Schism #1
Genres: Sci-Fi, Dystopian, YA, Thriller

Date Read: 08/01/16
Pub Date: 03/15/16


“My name is Andrea Christensen. I’m one of the oldest oldest people in the world.”

SCHISM is the first book in a new dystopian trilogy that tells a tale of survival, of good versus evil, and of constructing a future with only memories of childhood.

A government-created virus is accidentally released before testing is complete and within weeks it kills six billion people, children are the only survivors. Andy Christensen and her two friends travel across the country searching for a safe place to live, but nowhere, it seems, is capable of resurrection.

When I first saw this book listed as a Goodreads Giveaway and described as “a furturistic Lord of the Flies“, I knew I had to get my hands on it. Sadly I did not win the giveaway; however, the author is so incredibly awesome that she mailed me a signed copy anyway and I could not be more thankful to have it sitting on my signed shelf! The YA genre is a toughie; the (typically) adult author has to find a delicate balance of relating to these kids and making the book age appropriate while keeping with the times and slang to make it sound hip and cool (two words that teenagers would cringe at my using). I felt the author did a fine job of keeping this up to date, and even futuristic, without making this overly adult or dumbing it down for the intended target audience.

This is your typical teenage dystopian; if you liked books such as The Hunger Games and Divergent, chances are you’ll like this too. You have your basic catastrophe induced good versus evil, where only kids are left (yikes! could this be the scariest aspect of all?) and some are committed to trying to rebuild and revive the world while others just want to do evil and harm. The pacing is quick and exciting, and the length was fairly short as this is part 1 in an intended trilogy. There were a few aspects that were a bit far-fetched and unbelievable, even for a sci-fi novel, but over all I felt the author did a great job of making this a compelling read. There is quite a bit of violence; it wasn’t off-putting in my experience, but some people might be more sensitive than others and like to know.

This was a fantastic start to the series and I’m so glad they decided on a trilogy; I feel these are the perfect length as you get more in-depth stories while not having a series drag on for too long. If you are a parent looking for something to offer your teen as an alternative to the more adult oriented YA lit that is out there now, this is a great option! It is definitely for the older side of the spectrum, but this was fairly clean while staying exciting and fresh.  I’m really excited to see where the author takes this one and am hoping it brings new content to the dystopian scene for younger readers.

*Many thanks to the author for providing my copy; it was my pleasure to write an honest review.

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