A Crack in the Line (Withern Rise #1)
You are sixteen. You live with your father in a big Victorian house on the outskirts of London. Your mother is dead, killed in a train crash two years ago. It is snowing. The snow is falling on the house and the wide yard and the gnarled old tree that everyone calls the Family Tree. It makes you restless. You reach out your hands t...more
Alaric Underwood and Naia Underwood live in the same house in parallel universes - they are in fact, counterparts of each o...more
Alaric's mother, Alex Underwood, was involved in a terrible train crash when he was fourteen. She had a fifty-fifty chance of dying. She died. N...more
This is the type of book that I can reread thousands of times and still never tire of. As soon as I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. The beginning was slightly confusing because the author shifts between the two major characters and their respective realities. However, my initial confusion soon turned into a deeper interest in the story and my discovery of its true originality. At the end of the...more
This is one of those strange books that makes you look around, wondering if you might punch a hole in the space-time continuum at any given moment. It's like the movie Inception if it was put into a blender with about four different Twilight Zone Episodes and doctored to be about teenagers.
Even though this story was gripping, I can't say with certainty that I enjoyed reading it, or that I understood a blessed thing about it (I'm telling you, it's the book version of Inception: It w...more
I enjoyed this. The writing is light for a book dealing with such heavy emotional issues but it still conveyed Alaric’s feelings. It could have done more to explore the differences between boys and girls but I suppose t...more
-The premise is kind of terrifying as well. How weird would it be to step into an almost identical universe and see how things could have been?
-The story keeps you reading because everyone has wondered what it would be like if things were a little different.
-I really like the book. I don’t want to go into too many details but it’s definitely worth a read.
-Apparently this is part of a series? Are the other books any good?
-The ending? SOOO good. I thought the bo...more
However, it was indeed a very thought provoking novel. Once I got to a certain point, I was really pulled into the concept.
Naia and Alaric live the same lives in alternate universes. Well, not exactly the same..
Whenever there was a 50-50 chance of something happening in their lives, their universes split, causing two separate worlds to branch off.
The 50-50 of Liney being born or aborted
One world in whi...more
So far the book is...more
The story is essentially about one person really. Or rather what one person had the potential of becoming. Alaric a 16 yr old boy and Naia a 16 yr old girl. They have the same parents, same house, same room, done most of the same things at the exact same time and have never m...more