This Splintered Silence by Kayla OlsonThis Splintered Silence by Kayla Olson

This Splintered Silence

byKayla Olson

Hardcover | November 13, 2018

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From the author of The Sandcastle Empire comes a sci-fi thriller that’s equal parts Illuminae and One of Us Is Lying.

Lindley Hamilton has been the leader of the space station Lusca since every first generation crew member on board, including her mother, the commander, was killed by a deadly virus.

Lindley always assumed she’d captain the Lusca one day, but she never thought that day would come so soon. And she never thought it would be like this—struggling to survive every day, learning how to keep the Lusca running, figuring out how to communicate with Earth, making sure they don’t run out of food.

When a member of the surviving second generation dies from symptoms that look just like the deadly virus, though, Lindley feels her world shrinking even smaller. And as more people die, Lindley must face the terrifying reality—that either the virus has mutated, or one of their own is a killer.

Title:This Splintered SilenceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.17 inPublished:November 13, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062484907

ISBN - 13:9780062484901


Rated 4 out of 5 by from YA with high stakes, set in space! I've been looking forward to THIS SPLINTERED SILENCE since I first heard of it. As a fan Kayla Olson's debut, I was extra psyched because books set in space have a special place in my heart. The YA market has blended quite a bit into the adult market, and I'm happy report that THIS SPLINTERED SILENCE was, most definitely, a book written for teens. Lindley's decision making process reminded me a lot of my younger years, where immediacy trumped all. By that, I mean that every problem felt like an emergency, and when problems were *actually* an emergency, the tension felt like it could break me in half. Using the space setting also added to the urgency, as there was a thin line between life and death to begin with, so when things started to go wrong with the space station itself, Lindley used every bit of strength in her reserve to keep it together. Non spoiler alert: it only sort of worked. Combining grief and a lack of sleep, some decisions were doomed for failure, but Lindley and her crew never gave up. There were a few areas that I wished were stronger, storylines that could have been more fleshed out, but because Lindley's internal journey took centre stage (in first person POV) there wasn't much room for others. That said, I'm not sure the story would have worked in third person. Overall, I didn't connect as strongly to THIS SPLINTERED SILENCE as I did to Olson's debut, THE SANDCASTLE EMPIRE, but for actual young adult readers, I think it's a solid choice.
Date published: 2018-11-23

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