McKenzie, Sophie. In a Split Second. Simon & Schuster, 2013. $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4814-2714-2. 359 pages. Grades 7-12. P8Q7
The subject of terrorism is appealing to the general population, due to its relevance in today’s war-torn world, making this book one of high interest. Set in a politically torn London, England, during a recession, two high school teens that have never met go searching for revenge over the death and injury of their family members from a bomb. The two are easily tricked into the hands of the terrorists themselves. Charlie and Nat’s perspectives switch every chapter, giving depth and variety to the male and female characters. Acceptance into an elite secret army seemed too easy and unbelievable in the first half of the book, but during the last quarter, deception seeped in and quickened the pace and intensity of this thrilling novel. Any middle and high school students will enjoy this action/adventure story.
December 2015 review by Andrea Kopshever.