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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Split Second Solution is an urban fantasy novel written by Denny Taylor. It was the year 2022, and Word had just thrown herself into the Hudson River to evade the Sick-Reapers. She was resigned to drowning but suddenly found herself on the stone stairs leading to the Old Crone's hut. Death had found her in the split second before Word’s demise and brought her to sanctuary. The Crone was used to seeing into the future and was taken aback by this unforeseen event. Death, the Crone’s only friend, appeared in different guises, sometimes as a cat, at other times a bat or a pop star. The two of them were not of this world, and the momentary presence of a dying girl was confusing and definitely out of the ordinary. Then her boyfriend suddenly appeared at the door as well. But Cat had not managed that feat, and neither she nor the Crone could not fathom how he had arrived there. One thing that was immediately apparent was that his mind had been hacked by the authorities, so Cat crawled into it to break the connection. The boy's name was X-it, and he and the girl had been together for 14 years, ever since he had found her hiding underneath the evacuation bus he was to board. At first, they lived with Grann, an elderly woman who knew exactly what to do to spirit the last living Truth Keeper and her precious package out of Louisiana and into New York.
Denny Taylor's futuristic urban fantasy, Split Second Solution, supposes a very different world albeit less than a decade away, but one that's all too frighteningly plausible considering today's culture. Taylor paints a gloomy picture of a repressive country where books and reading become crimes punishable by death; where knowledge is a crime. Ginger Tom, the political force behind the change, is eerily reminiscent of at least one political figure now in a somewhat shaky ascendance, and his followers seem all too pleased with eschewing knowledge in favor of mindless obedience. I loved following Word and X-it's story as they describe those tense moments getting on the bus while guards are searching for her, and getting to know Grann, the elderly Cajun woman who outwits them all and takes the two children under her wing was marvelous. So much happens as time literally stands still in that split second remaining of Word's life, and the final resolution is anything but certain in this thought-provoking and unique tale. Split Second Solution challenges your imagination and makes you see the world and its potential in an entirely different light. It's most highly recommended.