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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
Andy (short for Andrea) is the main character in Schism by Britt Holewinski, and has to deal with the fact that a virus has wiped out the complete adult population. She, just a teenager, is now one of the oldest people on the planet. For a few years, she lived on Bermunada with Morgan and her brother, but after a vicious attack on Morgan, they decide that it is time to leave. On their way, they come across Ben and his friend, Jim - they turn into a tight team in the development of the story, and there is always a hint that there might be a bit more between Andy and Ben. The group meets plenty of other characters, ends up in different places, ends up fleeing from places, and then there is the question of whether they should take destroying the remains of the deadly virus into their own hands.
Schism by Britt Holewinski was too short. Yes, there will be another book in the series, but I personally prefer long books as I often just can't keep up with all the series and all their cliffhangers. On my Kindle, I have a folder with the names of series I WANT to continue reading when the next one comes out, and I do not add to it often, but Schism made it onto that list. I NEED to know what happens next, and that alone shows that the book has drawn me in and convinced me with its fascinating and multi-faceted characters.
While the author admits that the book is inspired by Lord of the Flies, it fortunately is a much better read in my eyes. The first few chapters were honestly not quite my thing. Everything seemed to move too fast. Fortunately, the pace slowed down a little soon, allowed more time to get to know the characters, and you should definitely stick with the book - it is worth it. Some characters could have been developed a bit more, but I guess as long as the main characters are convincing, not every minor character needs to be great. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Schism once I got into it, and then it was hard to stop!