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Where the Rock Splits the Sky

3.12  ·  Rating details ·  150 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Where Megan lives it's forever dusk: an endless indigo sky above a wounded land that's slowly dying. Ever since the 'visitors' came, the world has stopped turning. No one sleeps, everyone's afraid. But Megan wants to know what's coming. She'll stop at nothing to save those she loves. She'll ride across a forsaken wilderness to where the rock splits the sky to set the world ...more
Paperback, 266 pages
Published March 6th 2014 by Chicken House (first published January 1st 2014)
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jv poore
Mr. Webb’s Where the Rock Splits the Sky is a stellar sci-fi, dystopian story beyond my wildest imagination. Perhaps because I could not fathom a unique paranormal situation which essentially creates chasms, both metaphorical and literal, all over the continental United States. Rather than banding together, people pretend to be in some sort of survival mode. In reality, society splintered and regressed to the ways of the “wild, wild west.”

Everyone can see that an invasion is underway, but only
Heidi The Reader
Where the Rock Splits the Sky is the story of Megan, a girl who has lost both her father and mother and who lives on the edge of a strange, haunted area called "The Zone." In this part of the world, people are driven mad by unknown forces and the world doesn't follow the normal rules of physics.

The Earth itself has stopped spinning because it was invaded by an alien species that the surviving humans call "Visitors." One day, Megan is told that her father is still alive and that he is in the
Patrick Hayes
I think the setting came before the characters or the plot for this novel. It's got some terrific locales and some great psychological thrills, but the main character was one-note and a supporting character much more enjoyable. The ending was too cliche, and I think the book would have been just as good with the "revelation" thrown in. It starts well and then at the half way point gets uninteresting. I think if the book had been longer, and with a different ending, it would have been more ...more
Curiouser and curiouser…
The peculiar situations that are constantly unfolding in Where the Rock Splits the Sky are completely engrossing. The planet has stopped turning and in the area of Texas where Megan has grown up, they are locked in a forever sunset. What would it be like for it always be that time of day!? – and to have no moon because it crumbled apart 20 years ago? While the earth doesn’t rotate anymore it does continue on its orbit around the sun. Billions of people are dead and
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Skimmed the last 80 pages. Meh.
E. Anderson
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Space Western? Sort of. The latest from Philip Webb, WHERE THE ROCK SPLITS THE SKY, takes place in a very foreign post-apocalyptic world here on Earth. In fact, the story starts in the beloved art community of Marfa, Texas. But it's not the Marfa we're famliar with. It looks a lot more like the old West. Technology doesn't work. And Megan has never known the world her father grew up with. What she knows is closer to Little House on the Prairie. Then again, she hasn't seen her father in quite a ...more
Good things first. This book has a very intriguing premise, an interesting and well-thought out world for it to exist in, and uses its excuse to be a sci-fi western a la Firefly brilliantly. Unfortunately, it's dragged down by a few things that make it just an enjoyable if somewhat unsatisfying read.

The thing that this story lacks is a certain depth. I felt like we were so often told the way the characters felt, and pulled so quickly along the never-stop plot that we never get to really connect
Apr 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Review by Sashya - Year 8

I could tell, immediately, what this book was going to be about. It is an action based story that brings three friends together to face the unpredictable zone.

The first few pages are quite hard to understand because it is sort of set in the middle of nowhere. However, as you read deeper into the story, it all comes together. Basically, this girl called Megan Bridgwater has lost both her mother and her father. She has never met her mother and therefore has no clue about
What the...what the hell even was that?? What an...interesting book. Post apocalyptic, western, horror, sci-fi, I think? Huh.

Don't get me wrong. This isn't a bad read. It was certainly bizarre and imaginative. I think people who enjoy a good amount of wtfery will enjoy this book. I thought this was going to be a typical post-apocalyptic adventure story. You should know this is not that. The "Zone" is a supernatural area where all sorts of truly bizarre events can and will occur. Think whole
Lee Edward
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: truly-terrible
What a waste of my money and time. This book was billed as a 'western meets dystopian' epic, on which it failed to deliver.

The mix of western and dystopian just didn't work for me, I really couldn't understand what was going on for the majority of this book.

The plot follows Megan, who's father has gone missing. An alien race has split the moon in half and stopped earth turning on it's axis. To find her father and unravel the mystery of the everlasting sunset, Megan must cross 'The Zone', a vast
Oct 22, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so blah, I forced myself to read up to 92% on my kindle, then gave up. Don't even care how it ends.
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this for review from Chicken House a couple of months ago during my blogging break and although I wasn't reading books at the time (shocking, I know), the minimalistic cover and shiny orange metallic writing caught my attention, as did the description. I do have Philip Webb's other book, 6 Days but it's been sitting on my shelf for over a year now collecting dust. After reading this fast paced, gripping adventure, I'll be sure to pick it up.

Four things to note about Where The Rock
5 stars for the premise of this book and all the crazy, weird "wtf moments" that kept me reading to the end, but I didn't like the characters or the dialogue. The main character from whose viewpoint the book was told (in first person) had an odd way of speaking (she almost never used contractions), and it just didn't feel right for this book. Another character spoke with a Texan accent (yes, it was written that way), and the third was Mexican and only spoke broken English or Spanish, which was ...more
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I finally got around to reading this novel (it's been 5 years since I bought it) and I wasn't disappointed. It has a nice wild west feel to it with a dash of aliens and fantasy. At heart though, it's an adventure novel. Megan is trying to find her dad who's been missing for two years and he went missing in the mysterious Zone, an area that seems to have a mind of its own. The story is well paced and very suspenseful. When Megan isn't trying to get out of a hairy situation she has to guard ...more
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Quick & Dirty: A fascinating setting literally throws the characters every which way on their journey to get answers to what’s happened to the world and possibly how to save it. A refreshing read exploding with creativity and adventure.

Opening Sentence: Leaning against the doorpost of the smithy, I pretend it is a normal day.

The Review:

Anything can happen, and does, in Philip Webb’s Where the Rock Splits the Sky. We start with a typical old western town,
A pretty good premise, but for some reason it just didn’t click with me. The story of a girl searching for her father in a world changed by the alien “Visitors,” where the moon has been split and the sun stopped in the sky. The inhabitants of the west have reverted back to the old West, using horses for transportation, etc. I liked Megan Bridgwater and her friend Luis. The girl they pick up along the way in their journey, Kelly, was pretty annoying though, and some of the things she does just ...more
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where the Rock Splits the Sky by Philip Webb is one of the most unique and fun books I’ve read in 2014 (which is saying a lot given the other books reviewed here so far this year!). It combines a spooky alien apocalypse premise with the thrills and dangers of the Wild West and I just could not get enough. I can easily see Where the Rock Splits the Sky being turned into a movie given the amazing places the characters explore and I really just can’t recommend it enough to sci-fi fans who are ...more
Nov 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review posted at Amaterasu Reads

The Earth is in perpetual sunset. It has also stopped spinning. The Moon has been split in half. Only thirteen states remain. All of these happened during the Visitation, and Visitors have come to the planet masquerading as humans. Megan was born in this kind of world, with a dead mother and a father (who might be Earth's hope for salvation) presumed dead, she lives in a place near the Zone, a place where time and space is distorted. But Megan believes her father
This is a case of a book that doesn't know exactly what it wants to be. It's not quite science fiction, but not exactly fantasy either. It's old west, but not really. The audience seems to be Young Adult, but the book is better suited for middle grade. Basically an OK book with a bunch of flaws.

The first and major issue I had with this story was the fact that the earth stopped rotating. Not a gradual over several decades kind of stop, but a sudden and abrupt end to the planet's momentum. Anyone
Liz Kaufman
May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this as a free copy through Goodreads First Reads. :)

If I could give this 3.5 stars I would, but as I can't, I'm rounding it up to 4 because the description is fantastic (and also because of Nugget--loved that bit! :) ). The Zone absolutely sucked me in. It was enchanting, in a scary, deadly sort of way. And I loved the almost stream-of-consciousness bits, such as when Megan is confused and disoriented and the narration slips into a believable confusion as well. Not to mention the
Apr 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My copy was provided by Netgalley.

The Visitors touched down on Earth and the moon is destroyed. The Visitors are able to take a human body as their skin and the Visitors don't want to lose this planet. Some people might want to start a rebellion to get rid of these aliens, but it's hard to fight when your best friend could be an alien.

Megan doesn't care about starting a rebellion. She just wants to find her father who's been missing. He went into the Zone and he hasn't come out. Yet the Zone is
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
An eclectic fusion of genres blended seamlessly together for a truly unique YA novel!

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10/10 OR 5 STARS!!

Set within a disturbingly magnetic, post-apocalyptic world of chilling danger this intriguing book is a welcome edition to the YA/ Children’s bookshelf. Western, Horror, Science fiction and Dystopia merge together in the most remarkable way to form the impressive backbone of this - - well rather extraordinarily outlandish novel! I did not know what I would encounter as I delved into this
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Years have passed since the Moon split, leaving the sun suspended in the sky. Night never comes and those humans left on Earth must struggle to survive. Let's not forget the Visitors--aliens who have come to take over Earth and use human bodies as hosts.

Fifteen year old Megan is determined to travel deep into the deadly and unpredictable 'Zone'--the area at the heart of the strange planetary
Anya (An Awful Lot of Reading)
Megan lives in a future where the world has stopped spinning, twenty years ago when the Visitors arrived. No one really knows much about what has happened but has had to adapt; half the world is in internal ice age and the other is sun-blasted, making only the edges habitable. This is a typical Western road-trip story, where Megan and friend Luis travel across the country to find her father and hopefully answers on the Visitors and what the dangerous Zone is.

Even though the Earth not spinning is
Mar 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014reviews
Where The Rock Splits The Sky definitely has a unique and intriguing premise: there has been alien invasion which destroyed the moon and altered life on earth forever. Some areas are more affected than others. There is "the zone" where anything and everything can happen: no natural rules or laws apply. This "zone" is in the new-old west. Yes, this science fiction has a very western feel to it. Outlaws and sheriffs. Horses and Stagecoaches. Of course, modern technology does not work in the zone. ...more
Jun 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grades 9-12[return][return]Webb’s Where the Rock Splits the Sky tackles themes explored in The Age of Miracles and The War of the Worlds – an alien invasion has destroyed the moon and caused the Earth to stop spinning on its axis. The aliens attempt to inhabit human bodies and infiltrate cities; one particular area, the Zone, seems to be a playground of experiments for the aliens, with cities flying up into the air and rivers of stone and sand. A trio of friends, led by Megan, forage into the ...more
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
I received a copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

Where the Rock Splits the Sky by Phillip Webb is a dystopian YA novel set in the Western United States. The Moon has split in two pieces, Earth is no longer spinning, and Aliens or Visitors have invaded posing as humans. The journey begins with Callie, our main character, who is determined to locate her missing father. With the help of two friends, Luis and Kelly, she must fight the elements in this new world
Jules Goud
A alien book somewhat like Stephanie Meyer's 'The Host' with the end of the world wrapped into it.

I felt like I couldn't really get into the book. It wasn't bad, I just didn't really connect with it. That being said, I still read the entire book so it was pretty good.

I don't know why I couldn't connect with it. I enjoyed the idea of friendship is the best thing in the world. I also liked that the little pieces of romance never really took centre stage. In fact, it was important in only two parts
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Phew... Where to start?
I first saw this book as a giveaway and immediately decided that I wanted to read it. Months later, I spy in my school library and take it to read. Aliens and all things science fiction entice me, but this blend of also western style was great. Sometimes I almost forgot that this book is actually based in modern society, that's how well it is written. The writing was unique and different, which I liked. The characters, especially the main character, were really different
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is another book that looked promising but didn't deliver. Alien Visitors have blown up the moon, stopped the earth from turning on its axis, and are hauling the planet somewhere to be named later. Megan Bridgwater is a spunky heroine with her faithful companion Luis and her new BFF Kelly. The posse of three head out into the Zone to find Megan's missing father, a renowned Tracker. But the Zone has other ideas and the three are subjected to all sorts of trials and tribulations along the way ...more
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