by Jeff Hirsch
Suggested Ages: 12+
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Description: On one side of the Rift is a technological paradise without famine or want. On the other side is a mystery.
Glenn Morgan has lived next to the Rift her entire life and has no idea
of what might be on the other side of it. Glenn's only friend, Kevin,
insists the fence holds back a world of monsters and witchcraft, but
magic isn't for Glenn. She has enough problems with reality: Glenn's
mother disappeared when she was six, and soon after, she lost her
scientist father to his all-consuming work on the mysterious Project.
Glenn buries herself in her studies and dreams about the day she can
escape. But when her father's work leads to his arrest, he gives Glenn a
simple metal bracelet that will send Glenn and Kevin on the run---with
only one place to go.
Mini Book Review: A truly unique and unusual story that is perfect for the reluctant reader. This was an extremely fast paced story with plenty of twists and turns that I didn't see coming. I won't lie I was a little confused at times about what the heck was going on but than again I was reading it while taking care of the kids while hubby was away - mind wasn't completely there. The cover is fabulous and I had to pick it up after promising no more books while at BEA. Glenn is an intriguing and likeable character and I enjoyed the scenes between her and Kevin. I also really enjoyed the scene with Opal which gave the story a little more heart. I think the story would have been far superior if some of what I read in the scenes with Opal could have been developed further. Hirsch is fabulous at world building and prose but I just found the story lacking in something. It was still a nice escape from reality but not something I truly loved. I know this review is kinda rambling but hey its been a long weekend sorry
I picked up a copy of this at BEA last year and just now finally getting to it
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