Hello everyone! Today I will be reviewing Kayla Olson's newest book, This Splintered Silence! I have been so excited for this book to come out and I am so happy that it is finally out in the world for everyone to read and enjoy. I hope you enjoy my review!
Release date: November 13, 2018
Hardcover Page Count: 368
My rating: 4/5 stars
Lindley Hamilton is the captain of the space station Lusca, a job she’s always wanted but never knew she would get so soon. Now, because of the deadly virus that killed all of the station’s adults including her mother, Lindley must run the ship as their struggle to survive intensifies. Still, Lindley believes that the worst has past, and while they still must figure out a way to not run out of food and communicate with Earth, morale remains high. That is until a member of the surviving second generation dies from what looks like the same virus, the very virus the second generation thought they were immune from. Struggling to survive, Lindley must find a way to save the station before it’s too late, especially when clues point to one of their own being the killer.
Spooky, suspenseful, and powered by an amazing female main character, This Splintered Silence is not a book to miss. From page one I was sucked into Lindley’s story. The author blends past and present beautifully together, making everything seem like it was happening in real time. I loved how she continued this throughout the book, mentioning past memories of Lindley’s mother, a character we never meet but feels just as well constructed as any other character. This masterful storytelling is also present through the setting of the book, the space station Lusca, and the struggles it faces. Olson builds a well-thought out world around this little station, and makes sure that there are no gaps for plot holes. Everything that she mentions is carefully described and accurate to what people in that position might be dealing with. Often when books are set in space like this one, everything seems beautiful and technologically perfect. But for Lindley and her crew that is not the case, and I feel like this little dash of realism in this sci-fi novel makes it so readers can relate and immerse themselves in the story much better then they might have otherwise.
Throughout the whole book the characters struggle with real problems to deal with this realistic space-station. Working through these problems are Olson’s cast of characters, each more realistic then the last. At the top of the list is Olson’s main character, Lindley Hamilton. It was hard not to love Lindley from the start. A scientist in her own right, Lindley is the recently-promoted captain of their station, the role her mother used to occupy until a few weeks ago. This is a fact that Lindley doesn’t let readers forget as the story progresses. She does this through subtle things, mentioning her mother’s secret stash of chocolate, to stories about the sky she used to tell Lindley. I love how she didn’t do this in a way that was annoying or repetitive. Instead, she does it in a way full of grace and sadness, in a way that make’s Lindley’s grief feel real. Often when books deal with grief, they do it in a way that forces the idea of it down the reader’s throat, but in This Splintered Silence that is not the case.
The only reason why I only gave this book four stars is because the ending was not quite what I thought it would be, but this book was still an excellent read, and it's the journey that counts right?
If you love realistic-seeming sci-fi where disease and deadly secrets lurk behind every corner, you will not be let down with This Splintered Silence. This sci-fi thriller is perfect for people looking for a good spooky read. Ages 13+
I hope that you enjoyed this review! I loved this book so much and was absolutely obsessed with the idea of it as soon as I first read its synopsis. I hope you consider checking this book out!
Until next time,
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