Book: Split Second
Author: Sophie McKenzie
This may be one of the best books I’ve read in the last year or so. It’s a fast paced, incredibly exciting book with a great storyline. I’ll give you a short synopsis of the book first:
Bound together by the devastating consequences of a terrorist attack on a London market, teenagers Charlotte (Charlie) and Nat appear at first to have much in common. But, as Charlie gets closer to Nat and his family, she begins to wonder if perhaps he knows more about the attack than he has let on. Split Second is an action-packed thriller that shifts between the perspectives of its two main characters as their courage and their loyalties are tested to the limit.
The beginning of the book is incredibly fast paced, Sophie McKenzie throws you straight into the action, as the main male character Nat is chasing through a market trying to find a bomb and the pace doesn’t really let up for most of the book. The relationship between Nat and Charlie is really well developed through the book and you really root for both of them through the book. I liked that Charlie was the stronger character out of the two of them, it’s really great to see a strong female character and a male character who is the more doubtful. The plot through the book is incredible and you honestly never really know what’s going to happen next-there are so many twists but it’s so good! The chapters can be quite short but it’s actually better that way because it keeps your attention and you find yourself desperate to know what happens next. It’s a very realistic portrayal of what could happen to our country and makes you slightly worried that we might end up living the same way they do in the book. Roman Riley, the politician is very well written (you feel the same way Charlie and Nat feel about him throughout) and there are parallels between our political system and the corrupt political system shown on the books. The League of Iron terrorist group reminds you a little of the Nazis in their rascist attitudes and the EFA (English Freedom Army) reminds me of the Liberation Militia in Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses series. Overall this book is a fantastic read, with a plot that will keep you enthralled from beginning to end, really well developed characters that you really root for and a huge twist at the end that makes you extremely impatient for the sequel. I can’t wait to read Every Second Counts when it comes out later this year and if it’s half as good as Split second was then it will be a fantastic read.
My rating: 5/5
The next book I am reviewing will be The Maze Runner by James Dashner.
Book: Split Second