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The Sundered by Ruthanne Reid
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May 16, 12

Read in May, 2012

"The Sundered" is a unique, ambitious, thoughtful science fiction that sets up Reid as one of the most unrelenting new writers this year. Reid is a deft hand at dealing with uncomfortable dialogues of survival-versus-morality, and the ethics of owning people.

“The Sundered” is a bold, and courageous first novel – Reid doesn’t back down when the characters get uncomfortable, offering her readers an honest, twisted, and heart-breaking account of the young boy who must decide whether the continued existence of the human race is worth enslaving an entire species, or if, like his ancestors, he is willing to save his own people by turning a blind eye on the misery of another.

Reid’s genre-twisting is par excellence and her characters are wracked with the most delicious moral trials. My heart skips, soars, wrings, laughs, weeps, and breaks for characters on both sides of this conflict, and that is the mark of some superb storytelling.
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