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Split Second

(Split Second #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,103 ratings  ·  139 reviews

What the hell was this? I stared at the numbers, numb with horror. The box was a bomb. And it was going to go off in two minutes.

Charlie's life is torn apart by a terrorist bomb in a London market. Months later she meets Nat, whose family has been left devastated by the same explosion. But as Charlie gets closer to Nat she starts to wonder if he knows
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 12th 2013 by Simon & Schuster Childrens Books
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Oct 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I wasn't as sharp as this when I was younger, and within the actual age category this is aimed at, but at 24 I called the bad guy straight away, long before the reveal. I have proof, because I was reading the first couple of chapters aloud to a friend at the time.

There were a couple of twists I didn't call, and I was quite entertained. I've read Sophie McKenzie before and the blurb was interesting, so my decision and the book title went pretty much hand in hand.

The real downfall of the
Split Second is non-stop action from the very first page. Any book that opens with one of the main characters running through a busy London market trying to stop a terrorist attack is bound to capture my attention and I was immediately hooked into the story. The subsequent bomb blast changes both Nat and Charlie's lives forever and links them together in a desperate need for answers and revenge.

This is a really hard book to review because I want to shout from the rooftops about how amazing it is
Ruaidri Connolly
A good book. Would recommend to anyone who likes action.
Charli - To Another World
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Read this review and many more at To Another World

I buddy read this with Georgia, and there are so many words to describe this book; powerful, heart-breaking, thought-provoking. A beautiful thriller with an added romance. I was hooked from the fast-paced prologue that introduced characters and was full of action.

I loved the characters. Charlie, though she annoyed me to begin with, was misunderstood by her family (and me, for a while!) and as she developed she became a beautiful character I could
Anna (Enchanted by YA)
***I received the eBook free as a review copy from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review***

Sophie McKenzie has an amazing talent for writing action packed YA thrillers that are simply impossible to put down. Split Second was no exception.

There was a high level of dystopian content which was done well, in that you weren’t bogged down with endless details at the very beginning. It was partly due to the fact it closely resembled the world we live in today but where
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though this is not my usual genre (political) it was still on my list of books to read for a while. At first I was skeptical of this book – but I was wrong to be. The action started from the very first page when Nat (one of the main characters) is running through a crowded market trying to locate a bomb due to detonate in 3 minutes.

The book follows two main characters – Charlie and Nat as they meet in unlikely circumstances and begin to work for a secret organisation together. With Government
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
Loved this one! Very tense, addictive thriller.
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. The main reason for this being it successfully formed a sense of suspicion/unsureness of the plot, till it was completely twisted and all the characters I thought could be trusted, proved to be the opposite to how they had been presented. I would definetely recommend this book and other of her series to all who are 10+ and like the genres mystery and action.
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is definitely one of my new favourites by Sophie McKenzie. I loved how it was written from the characters (Nat and Charlie’s) perspectives it really gave you a detailed view on how the characters were feeling and their personal thoughts on the different situations. I found the storyline intriguing and thrilling with action unfolding on every page. There were many twists throughout the novel making you want to read on and an unexpected plot twist right at the end. Overall I would ...more
I like the book but I got bored at the end because I like more of sad and romantic books. It is a series but I didn't really find the first one that interesting so I wouldn't read the rest but if you are more interested in a book that has sad and has tension in it then this is the right thing for you I would recommend it to yr7 boy or girl.
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very intriguing and was a fast paced book with lots of actions and cliffhangers. It was easy to read and kept me reading without knowing what to going to happen next. It left on a cliffhanger which made me intrigued to read the next book.
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favourite books because it is so captivating and exciting. I recommend this book because of the mystery within it.
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting and adventurous story, lots of cliffhangers.
I really enjoyed this book because there was a lot of suspense and it was really interesting. I couldn't put the book down.
JJ 29
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Riley B.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Split Second by Sophie McKenzie was a really good book. At first I didn’t quite follow the story, but after I got to the third chapter, I understood that it was coming from two different points of view from two different people. I thought the book was great. It caught my attention from the beginning and kept my attention throughout the whole book.
The book started in the middle of the action. One of the main characters named Nat found something on his brother’s phone. Being curious, he followed
Dani C
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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This review was originally written for my blog, Pen to Paper.

I have to admit that I was a little skeptical of Split Second - I believed, even before I started it, that I wouldn't like it. I was simply reading it because it was my YA Book Club's choice for the month (that and I had a free copy for review). This skepticism came from having read one of Sophie's books before. This book was Girl, Missing, and although it was about 3 years ago that I read it, it remains with me, and not for entirely
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recommend this book because it is action packed and describes the characters feelings throughout the book without giving too much away.
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a Split Second is billed as a thriller -- and it is -- if you can suspend some disbelief and just have fun with it. It is also supposed to be a "romantic thriller," and while there is a romance building, it's not a central theme.

Charlie's mother was killed in a terrorist bombing in London. A very poor, future London where the economy has been decimated and the public has lost all trust in the government. Charlie ends up living with her aunt and uncle who are very rich, and much better off
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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School Library Journal (01/01/2015):
Gr 9 Up--Nat and Charlie are present at an outdoor market on the afternoon a bomb goes off. Nat knows the bombing is coming and, after reading an incriminating text, hopes to stop his brother Lucas from involvement; Charlie knows nothing more than annoyance that her mother won't consent to her wish for a tattoo. Both are never the same after that fateful day in this near-future London when a racist, extremist group called the Iron Hand, which blames the bleak
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great book but i think it'd be even better as a movie. i'd love to see this turned into a series on the big screen!
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AMAZING can't wait for the second book!
Joanne Duncalfe
I very, very, very nearly gave this book 4 stars - the ending completely ruined that for me sadly!

One of my students did a presentation on McKenzie’s novel ‘Girl, Missing’ and I remembered loving that book as a teenager, so I thought I’d try out another one of McKenzie’s books, finding this one at the uni library.

It is a very easy read - as excepted in the genre - and I only ever reluctantly put the book down when I was too tired to continue...

There were two main reasons that ruined the book
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
To say I was disapppointed by this book would be an understatement. As a disclosure, I don't actually know what age range this book was aimed at, and at 19 I'm guessing I may be slightly out?
Regardless, I started reading this book and for the first few chapters I was really enjoying it. And then everything with the League of Iron started happening and to be frank, it got very ridiculous and unrealistic, and I almost instantly called the bad guy. Whether I've read too many books with the same
Favour Egbune
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I may be back in the swing of things now, since I read this book in record time.

It wasn't mind blowing, but I had a blast trying to figure out who the real bad guy was, even if it was obvious from the beginning. I don't ship the main couple, especially since Charlie is apparently drop-dead gorgeous. I feel she barely had a personality before joining the organization, so her character was definitely better for it. I did like Nathan more, since he had fear and I could relate to him more. I just
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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When a terrorist bombing occurs in a London market, Charlie’s life is turned upside down. After months of trying to get by, she meets Nat, whose family has been torn apart by the same explosion. However as Charlie becomes closer with Nat, she begins to speculate if he knows more about the event than he’s said.

Okay, anyone who's a sucker for action and having to cancel your plans for the day just to complete a book, this is the one for you. It's a simple read and is easy to follow, which is
Brijith Andrews
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Makes u wonder if in real life things are as bad as in the book. Inspirational and awesome, I loved reading this sooo much! This book explains life as a naive in an overly corrupt world. Even knowing politics, politicians and terrorism doesn’t make u any less naive than a newborn in this book. 100% would recommend, 100% should read and 100% should be made into a movie
Sandra Shannon
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exciting young adult novel. Nat and Charlie find themselves being recruited by an underground group who are determined to get to the bottom of random bombings in and round London. Nat's brother was injured in the latest bombing and Charlie's mother was killed so they both have reasons to find the culprits.
Lydia Hephzibah
DNF at p.275. I just got bored. It's marketed as an action thriller but the 16yo characters seemed more like 12-year-olds, and the writing feels too immature to be marketed above middle grade. Far too much cheesy and awkward romance - while trying to stop a bomb, one of the MCs is gushing over the beauty of a stranger, and it gets more nauseating from there.
Kadi P
That was insanely epic. Whatever criticisms I had have been wiped away but that amazing ending. It was just a thrilling read. The build up to the ending was painfully spectacular and the way the truth unravelled was downright clever. I’m so excited to read the second book and I hope it lives up to my high expectations.
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