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  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: 4th Floor Publication (June 22 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985260009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985260002
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 549 g

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About the Author

Ruthanne has lived on both US coasts, owns dust-covered degrees in music and religion, and has a serious thing for popcorn. Her first stories were all about characters from her favorite books, which was a pretty good way to fuel her love of writing. Then came years of pursuing a "responsible" career, which led to little writing, much madness, and a determination never to do that again. Ruthanne's love of Middle Earth, vampires, and deep space birthed a strange world populated by both elves and aliens, and she only hopes her universe is as interesting to you as it is to her. Ruthanne lives in Seattle, shares writing space with a husband, housemate, and two cats, and can often be found at church (yes, for real) or Grumpy D's coffeehouse. Twitter: || Facebook: || Tumblr: || Official Site:

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating world, challenging look at humanity July 5 2012
By David J. Robison - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
After reading the first chapter of the Sundered I was hooked by the fascinating world created by the author. I proceeded to tear through the book over the course of the weekend, constantly driven by a desire to learn what had led to such a terrible state of events in this broken world. I couldn't put it down until the chilling, yet satisfying conclusion.

The book encourages a lot of philosophical introspection. In almost every sci-fi I've read it's assumed that there is always some goodness in humanity; maybe evil humans are in control, but there's a plucky band of good guys out there that redeem the human race. But in the Sundered, things aren't so cut and dry, thus making the premise of the book all that much more interesting. The book is written from the perspective of it's protagonist, and throughout I found myself wondering who I would trust or how I would act in a given situation.

The only thing that didn't quite work for me was being in the mind of a 19 year old boy, Harry, and having him serve as my narrator for the duration. Harry, like most 19 year olds, is not all that eloquent and I found his view of the world and his thoughts often a bit childish. ("Yeah, he's a douche." etc.) It was like I was in the head of a 19 year old kid, which was the point, but I did find it mildly grating after awhile.

However that minor distraction didn't take away from the well constructed world, and the satisfying way in which the story unfolded and led us deeper and deeper into said world. At the Kindle price, it's a steal.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Loved it! Nov. 19 2012
By CastleLyons - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I loved this story right from the start! Not very many novels grab me like this one did, nor keep me intrigued throughout, always wanting to pick it up again and find out what's going to happen next.

Despite what a few other reviewers have said, I LOVED the main character's internal dialog, every bit of it! I didn't find it too childish at all. I mean, have you talked to a 19-year-old lately? The author did a great job of showing both his maturity at trying to be a leader and his insecurity at being so young--a well rounded character! Thank you, RuthAnne, for providing me with some real enjoyment. Oh, and I loved the ending.

The only thing I would have changed is removing all the "adult" material. I would have loved sharing this story with my pre-teens, but because of that, I can't. Everything else about it would have made it a great read for them, and I know they would have loved it.

P.S. I'm a professional editor by trade, and I've done a lot of book reviews and previews. Yes, this book had quite a few typos, especially near the end, but the overall story more than made up for that. RuthAnne, don't let anyone belittle you for self-publishing. I'm glad you did.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Finally! Something Altogether Different! June 29 2012
By BG in NH - Published on
Format: Paperback
In a world muddied by sameness, this one stands in stark contrast. Captivating, thought-provoking, breathlessly sweeping you along. Ruthanne Reid is most certainly onto something here!
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Couldn't put it down July 3 2012
By Darren - Published on
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Admittedly, I came to know the author this year. And I bought the book out of support like any friend would do, prepared to pass on the obligatory congratulations. What I didn't expect was that I wouldn't be able to put it down. That I would become so immersed in the story, that I would forget I knew the author, forget that there even was an author. So I read it in one sitting! And now I'm writing a review to tell you it's a worthwhile science fiction read. 300+ pages of suspense and thought-provoking, unpredictable intrigue, and my mind is still spinning about the implications of what I read. My unbiased opinion is that this is a great story, deftly written, flowing naturally and drawing you into the precarious world of Harry and the Sundered. I may even read it again. My only question - how long do I have to wait for the next Ruthanne Reid book? That one I will most surely not be buying only out of courtesy.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
refreshingly different Sept. 6 2012
By Tahlia Newland - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I won this book in a give away and when the author contacted me asking for my address, I said that since the postage to Australia would be quite a lot of money, I'd be fine with an ebook version, but she said she wanted to send me a paperback. A week or so later, it arrived. I read the blurb, then put the book down, thinking it sounded interesting. I didn't think I'd get around to reading it for ages, but being a paperback, it sat on the coffee table shouting, read me, read me, so after dinner I picked it up to have a quick perusal of the first few pages and I and didn't put it down again until I absolutely had to go to bed. You guessed it--I loved it. It grabbed me from page one and held me until the wonderful end.

The Sundered is fabulously different to anything else I've ever read--the mark of a strong new voice--and a totally unique story that had me completely enthralled.

The story takes place on a world flooded with black water that is deadly to humans. People share this world with the Sundered, magical creatures humans have enslaved. The Sundered are dying out, but since there is no arable land and they are the only ones who can go into the water, they are the ones that produce food. Once the Sundered are all gone, the humans will eventually die out.

Harry Iskinder is a salvager who paddles around in a small skiff looking for the Hope of humanity, a possibly mythical object that he hopes will save humans from extinction. No one knows what exactly it is or what it does, but Harry discovers that finding it will give him a choice; either the Sundered survive and humanity ends, or humanity lives for a while but the Sundered are wiped out.

The story is written in a snappy way that immediately drew this reader in. Harry is trying to live up to his family heritage of the ones who search for the Hope. He's tense and terrified of failing to adequately lead his travellers, the gang that travels with him, and when he manages to claim a first tier Sundered, he is as surprised as anyone. Did the Sundered allow himself to be caught? And if so, why? Or does Harry simply have more power than he thought? Either way, Aakesh, his first tier Sundered is an extraordinary being and the conversations between him and Harry are brilliant.

I loved Gorish, the cute little Sundered. His simple ways were endearing and his love and loyalty for Harry, more than anything else, made me empathise with the Sundered. Aakesh was drawn so well, I could almost feel this incredibly powerful, noble and mysterious character. Other than these two, the only other character we really got to know (or needed to know) was Harry, who quickly became out of his depth. Sometimes I wished he would calm down a bit, and it would have been nice to have seen some kind of maturing in his character over the period of the story, some of Aakesh's calm intelligence could have rubbed off on him. Also, I didn't quite get why Bek was blowing up cities or how his weapon worked, so maybe that could have been clearer.

I really enjoyed the author's descriptions of the perception of the Sundered and the concepts behind it, and the interrelational politics between Harry, his friends, his Sundered and his mentor were very well done. All in all an excellent book that I highly recommend to anyone who likes science fiction or fantasy.

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