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4.38  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  22 reviews
New technology, new choices . . . but who gets to choose?

Conjoined twins Gordon and Johnny have never let their condition keep them from living full and fulfilling lives. Gordon looks forward to many years of closeness and cooperation. Johnny, however, faces their future with increasing restlessness, even dread.

When the boys are in their teens, the new technologies of acce
ebook, 276 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Smashwords
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Twins share many things, but Karen Wyle’s novel, Division, explores what happens when twins grow up sharing even more than most, including the same body. Gordon and Johnny are so close they cannot move apart, but so different that a lifetime of compromise can't keep them together. With different interests and different attitudes to life, they’ve lived as closely joined as two people can be and have learned to dream and cope. Meanwhile the girl next door has become their closest ally and friend. ...more
Danielle Evans
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the fourth book I have read that was written by Karen A. Wyle, and it certainly did not disappoint. She has proven once again to be an exceptional writer. In Division, we enter the world of Gordon and Johnny, and we get a glimpse of what it would be like to live as conjoined twins. I kept trying to imagine how that would feel, and it seemed like an overwhelmingly difficult way to live. To never, ever be alone; that is too hard for most of us to fathom. Every movement you make and every d ...more
I don't really know what to say about Division. It left me intrigued, muddling through my own thoughts and a little excited for the possibilities the future holds for us.

It's complex, emotional, confronting and thought-provoking. It covers the journey of Johnny and Gordon, conjoined twins that share most of a body, each controlling one half. The story takes us through some of their early years and some of their teenaged years, but the bulk of the story revolves around them blooming into adulthoo
Charlie Kravetz
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: adults and young adults
This review is for the Kindle edition ebook.

Disclosure: I was given my copy of this book by the author as a review copy.

Can two individuals, joined together before birth, be two separate individuals?

Conjoined twins, raised as individuals, yet never being apart. Johnny would like to live a separate life now that it is possible. Gordon, on the other hand, believes him and Johnny can and will live together forever.

The author took the time to weave a delicate and sensitive story into a great novel.
Leslie Barrett Garel
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Karen has a knack for taking a look at a moral situation, and trying to figure out the many different ways it can go. I know I kept trying to guess which way the story was going to go, just to have her take me on another turn. I look forward to reading more of Karen's books!
Kathy Cunningham
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Karen A. Wyle’s DIVISION is the poignant coming-of-age story of conjoined twins, Gordon and Johnny Blake, who always expected to live their entire lives together. When a controversial medical procedure offers the chance for the two boys to live separate lives, Johnny is instantly intrigued. But Gordon resists, insisting that the life they were born with is the life they are meant to live. What happens to two conjoined twins when one of them wants an independent life of his own? DIVISION tells th ...more
Eva Kosinski
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
We all know someone who has identical twins, or we've gone to school with twins, or we've seen them in movies and commercials. Those of us lucky enough to actually know twins are well aware that having the same genetic code doesn't automatically mean they think the same way at all. As we go through life, different stimulus can strike us in different ways. Two people (even twins) who see a car accident don't always see what happened the same way. One could have been distracted by a bird flying b ...more
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
As part of a conjoined twin set, Johnny hasn't given much thought to what life would be like without his beloved brother by his side. Their mother has taught them to value what they have from an early age, a lesson they've learned to keep as time goes by. He knows that people think their existence goes against God's teachings. In their eyes, they're an abomination that shouldn't exist. Yet he refuses to allow the way people see him and his brother to dictate the way he lives his life.

As time goe
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Gordon and Johnny are conjoined twins. They have only one body: Gordon controls his head, left hand and left arm, and Johnny controls his head and the right side. Of course, they have had to learn to live together and never expected things to be otherwise. Fortunately, they have a loving and supporting family. Their mother Ellen and their stepfather Frank have done everything they can for the boys. They’ve even shielded the boys from curious people, mostly tourists. The local people are used to ...more
S.L. Saboviec
Note: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Division is one of the best books I read in 2013, a year in which I read Parasite and We Need to Talk About Kevin. (And the Divergent trilogy, but I didn’t actually like those books, so no competition there.) I liked it so much that I asked author Karen A. Wyle to write a guest post for the blog, which she did last Friday.

I read books to escape and be entertained, like everyone else. But more, I read books to be challenged
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, fiction, sci-fi
One of the things that I love most about sci-fi is its ability to make you ask what if and its ability to make you think long after you've closed the book. "Division" is very much in that vein. Gordon and Johnny are conjoined teenaged twins. When Johnny decides that they want to use new technology to live a separate life, it is not an easy choice for Gordon. On top of that, there are people in the world that will condemn the twins for their choice. Once one of them makes a choice, nothing will e ...more
Michelle Randall
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers Favorite

Karen Wyle takes on a unique topic in her new book, Division. It is the story of two brothers, Gordon and Johnny, who are twins, but not your normal twins, they are conjoined. The book starts out following their life as they grow from young children to teens and then to adults. It takes place in a future era where doctors have advanced medicine in a number of ways, and cloning is just one of those advances. The idea of a transplant to clone proced
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm doing my undergraduate dissertation on conjoined twins, which was what prompted me to pick up this book in the first place. I was expecting to find a lot of things regarding the ethics of separation surgery which would be useful for my work (and I did, especially the court scenes) but what I found was something so much more. This is a truly touching story, and those who say that the premise of twins conjoined like these two is unrealistic should look up Abby and Brittany Hensel. The main rea ...more
Nadine Feldman
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Like all young brothers, Gordon and Johnny are curious, playful, and full of life. Most of the time they get along well, though they bicker from time to time. After all, they have different personalities: Gordon is reflective and sensitive, while Johnny loves a great adventure. Only one thing sets them apart from other brothers: they are conjoined twins.

The brothers do their best to lead a normal life, and their childhood is a happy one. But when Johnny learns about a cloning procedure that wou
Jill Elizabeth
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it

Another thought-provoking, ethically-challenging and very enjoyable story from a talented author. I met Karen through an invitation to review her first novel (Twin-Bred - a review of which is also available on here, and another book you will want to pick up), which I also thoroughly enjoyed (it's sequel, Reach, is on my to-read list and the only reason I haven't read it yet is that the birth of my daughter interrupted my reading schedule, teehee). She cr
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, new-adult
In the distant future, Johnny and Gordon Blake, conjoined twins, are living a quiet existence with their friends and family. Gordon is perfectly happy with their lives. Johnny is not. When a revolutionary new cloning procedure is invented, allowing persons to safely have their brains transplanted into new bodies, Johnny is eager to get a body of his own so he can live his own independent life. He resorts to legal measures to have himself emancipated from the body he shares with his twin, and thr ...more
Roger Lawrence
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I took a whole day off writing to read this novel; a time I guard jealously. But I’m glad I did. The storyline intrigued me and is one I think we’ll all be hearing more about as the years roll on especially in novel form. Karen has obviously gone to a great deal of time and trouble with this book and it shows. The two main characters, the brothers, are beautifully observed and developed in their differences despite their genetic connection. Their dilemma is one which provoked a lot of thought ra ...more
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
'd class this as a futuristic coming of age book. Conjoined twins are leading what for them is a normal life until one of them makes the decision to become separated using the science of cloning. His brother disagrees and there is then a court battle to decide. The twins have to abide by the courts decision.

Some of the science are over my head, but i was still able to grasp the concept of the book. The twins were easy to love and easy to hate. The wonderful descriptions of their interactions mad
Julie Powell
Dec 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this book for review and found it an interesting and thought provoking read.

It charts the lives of twins, those joined at birth, two with very different personalities - one who wants a chance of separation, one who'd rather not.

This well written story delves into the very real feelings of how each of the twins value their lives, both with differing opinions about their future existence. Both have convincing arguments and we see the difficulties of the decisions made and the
Lizzie Newell
Nov 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Johnny and Gordon are conjoined twins who share a body but each have there own head. Johnny arranges to have a new body grown for him and wants to be separated. Gordon wants to remain joined.
This is well crafted speculation following what the experience would be for each character, but I found the story a bit slow moving at times, maybe a little too predictable or maybe not enough foreshadowing. This is a great book for those who are interested in what such conjoinment and separation would be li
Karen A. Wyle
Oct 16, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
(Not rating, because I wrote it.)
This is one of those times I wish we were able to give half ratings. 3.5

Full review to come later
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Karen A. Wyle is the author of multiple science fiction novels, including The Twin-Bred Series: Books 1-3; near-future novels Division, Playback Effect, and Who: a novel of the near future; and YA near-future novel The Link. Her one novel (so far) outside the SF category is afterlife fantasy/family drama Wander Home. She has also published one nonfiction work, Closest to the Fire: A Writer's Guide ...more
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