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"My name is Andrea Christensen. I'm one of the oldest oldest people in the world."

SCHISM is the first book in a new dystopian trilogy that tells a tale of survival, of good versus evil, and of constructing a future with only memories of childhood.

A government-created virus is accidentally released before testing is complete and within weeks it kills six billion people, chi
Paperback, 264 pages
Published March 15th 2016 by Delirious Pixie
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Sherwood Smith
May 06, 2016 added it
Shelves: sf
Copy received courtesy of NetGalley

Young teens Andy, Morgan, and Charlie are on vacation in Bermuda (Andy with her father, recently bereaved after the death of Andy’s mother in a car wreck); Morgan and Charlie from England. When a virus sweeps through the island, killing everyone over puberty age, the kids have to learn to cope. Many die like flies, giving us our dystopian setting. (Which I found way more believable than the amorphous Evil Governments of too many dystopias.)

Charlie, though the y
Jenny Baker
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Britt Holewinski’s Schism is a highly entertaining dystopian novel that reads like a futuristic Lord of the Flies. I’m pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed Schism.

This captivating storytelling grabs the reader from the beginning and doesn’t let go until the very last word. I had tons of fun reading this.

Here’s a basic summary, but I don’t want to give anything away. The government created a virus that is accidentally released before they complete their testing and as a result, billions o
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was ok

Publisher: Delirious pixie

Publishing Date: March 2016

ISBN: 9780988300750

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 1.8/5

Publishers Description: A virus, created by the smartest minds in the United States government, which is meant to target male adults in times of war, is accidentally released before testing is complete. Within weeks six billion people are eliminated from the world. The only survivors are prepubescent children.

Review: The beginning of this novel is “The Andromed
Laura  Hernandez (TheVoluptuousBkDiva/YABkDivas)
This book was such an adrenaline rush that I was left feeling like I wanted or better yet, needed to jump out of my skin. The story line was an intense and thrilling ride from beginning to end and the characters were unique and their individualities shined through. The world building puts you smack dab in the virus riddled world and you quickly find yourself immersed in the thick of things.

My heart felt for what these children and young adults have had to endure and I am anxiously awaiting the r
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
I won an advanced reader's copy of this book as a GoodReads Giveaway Winner. It was a nice surprise that the author signed the book--thank you!

The first few chapters were hard to read. It took some time to develop the world but this was done more factually with little character development or emotion. After the 5 year jump, the writing greatly improved and I quickly became consumed by the plot and characters. Some events don't really feel possible...or maybe just seem unnatural but it's not over
Disclaimer: A free digital copy of this book was received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Anyone that knows me knows that I’m a complete groupie when it comes to utopian/dystopian novels and anything ethically or morally questionable. So when I saw “[kids rule the world because all the adults are dead]” I thought to myself, YESSSS, TINY HUMANS ARE JUST UNTRAINED PEOPLE WITH MINIMAL MORALS. If there are no ad
Jessica Bronder
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Andy recently lost her mother to a car accident so her father decides to spend the summer in Bermuda. While there, Andy makes friends with Morgan and Charlie, two kids from England. But then a virus sweeps the world and anyone older than 13 is killed. They make a living on the island until tragedy strikes and they decided to sail to America. When they get to Washington DC they discovery that anything Andy may remember of America is no longer left.

The friends then meet Ben and Jim and try to find
Mar 09, 2016 rated it liked it
I would give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

When I read the description I was intrigued, but when I read further and saw that it was somewhat inspired by Lord of the Flies, I paused. I did not fully read Lord of the Flies because I did not enjoy it and it was not a book that was assigned to me in school.

This book was different, however.

And the biggest difference to me - and what really drew me into this book - were the relationships. I felt like the relationships that formed between the characters
Mar 05, 2016 rated it liked it
This was my first Goodreads Giveaway win! Let me start by saying I enjoyed the book. It only got three stars from me mostly because I found the book to be very hard to get into. The book starts out feeling like a list of facts. It took about 30 or so pages for it to even begin feeling like it was finally a story. Little things about the book definitely got to me. Things that just didn't make any sense to me. The dynamics of the virus I guess could be plausible, but just seems very unreal and tha ...more
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Gone & general dystopian
Shelves: review-copy
Find my in-depth review on Heir of Glitter.

* I was sent a copy to review by the author. This does not affect my opinion in any way. *

* This book does involve a rape. It's not detailed and only includes the aftermath of one, but it may be a trigger. Just to warn everyone. *

This was a great book. It seemed slow at first, but looking back after about 80 pages, I realized a lot had happened; it was more subtle than I'm used to in a dystopian world. The plot seemed slightly similar to that of Gone, b
Recipe Fairy
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This is the best book I've read this year so far! I was completely captivated from beginning to end and found it so hard to put down. The writing is excellent, the plots are well thought out and the characters are absolutely believable. The complexities of the characters and society are so realistic, it felt like I was reading a true story memoir. With plenty of action, a hint of romance and well versed dialogue, I didn't experience a single dull moment in Schism!While it does have vague re ...more
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When Andy's mother died in a car accident, her father quits his jobs and takes Andy to live on Bermuda, there Andy makes 2 friends.
Not knowing that the government released a nasty virus that would kill all adults, and kids fight to survive. Andy, Morgan and Charlie fight to survive, they fish and try to grow food. Then Morgan is attacked and the trio decides to get off Bermuda to America, a dangerous trip, but they make it and meet Ben and his cousin Jim and the five decide to go and look for a
May 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: rar
The first 25% read more like an outline than a free flowing story. After that, it just felt an in depth outline to a possibly interesting story. It was not very good. I feel bad for saying that but it's true. Hard to read. Hard to like. Annoyingly shallow plot. Moved on from one scene to another - only catching glimpses here and there of an alternate plot that could have been and maybe should have been explored. A chapter or two in Bermuda. One or two in Colorado. One in California. Then back to ...more
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Schism is a very interesting story about what it could be like if a virus killed everyone, except children. How can children survive on their own, without grown-ups? What would they do, and would there be order and government? I received this book from the author a long time ago, when it was a different title, and I just loved it. I read it cover to cover in less than a week and could not stop thinking about it.

It's better than Hunger Games and Divergent put together because the plot is just so
Tracy V.
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I just finished the ARC copy of "Schism." It was an excellent read. Very gripping and interesting dystopian story about what could happen if a virus wiped out the entire world population of people over the age of 13-14. It will be interesting to see how the story continues and what new characters could possibly be introduced.

I would definitely recommend this for older YA readers - high school & up. As a middle school teacher, due to the nature of some of the content, I would not recommended
Katrina Jensen
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book for any who enjoys a good fiction with twists and suspense. The author draws the reader in very early and keeps you wanting more throughout the whole story. This book had everything you would want: action, suspense, emotion, romance. The author creates a very plausible story that will keep readers thinking about possibilities days after finishing the book. This is definitely a must one of the first to discover!!!
Danielle Deforest
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Schism is a book for young and old adults alike. Its a thrilling read and I couldn't put it down once I started. The characters are well written and you find yourself rooting for them to the end. I can't wait to find out what happens in book 2!!
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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This book came into my possession thanks to a Goodreads giveaway.

Author Britt Holewinski states that Schism was largely inspired by Lord of the Flies and boy does it show. Think Lord of the Flies mixed with Stephen King’s The Stand (minus the supernatural elements) and you can start to get a clearer picture of Schism. The premise is fairly straightforward; a super-virus kills everything who is 14~ and older. Our story begi
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
You can also see my review on my blog, Maybe Books Will Be Our Always! ;D

The moment I opened this book and started reading, I was hooked. The entire story is so thrilling and compelling to the point that I never honestly wanted to put it down. The point of view in this book is third person which I am not very used to. I feel like it is very rare in Young Adult books, or it's just the ones I am reading. At first I wasn't so sure about it, but I ended getting used to it and didn't mind. One thin
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to the author for the book given in exchange for a fair review.

Andrea Christensen, known throughout the book as Andy is the main character in Schism. Even the book cover suggests a heavy topic to write about: death of childhood, and violence. The story has a scene before Andy becomes the main focus, a hint of what is to come. Fast forward a few months after the virus was unleashed, Andy's father, together with the other adults in the world, died due to the virus.

For five years, Andy, Char
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
[I received a copy of this book from]

I have to say at first glance I was a bit skeptical about this book simply because I have seen the whole “child run civilization” thing done, and when it’s done most of the time the civilizations are depicted as savage and barbaric.

Let me clarify, in Lord of the Flies when the boys plane crashes on the deserted island and they’re forced to figure out a way to survive amongst themselves they turn away from civility and become more akin to feral,
Dec 04, 2016 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Let me start by being completely honest and saying that I went into this book with a very negative outlook. Early on in the story there was a quote that stated, "and I could care less if...." Being that the misuse of the phrase, which is supposed to be "couldn't care less" is one of my biggest pet peeves, I was already ready to give up on the book. If there is ever an updated copy, please correct this phrase. For those of you w
Ashley Boman
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Schism will definitely take you for a wild ride. Once you start this book you will not be able to put it down! This book is a fast paced story of what a post Apocalyptic world would be like if everyone over the age of 13 were suddenly gone. It had me completely enthralled from the first chapter. Just when you think you have it all figured out, there's another curve ball waiting just around the next page. The story is told from Andy's perspective. She is a 13 year old girl at the time of the outb ...more
Sep 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: discarded-shelf
The premise of the book was pretty good: a human created virus gets released accidentally and ends up killing all poblation over 14. So, only kids are left as they are inmune. They grow up and manage to survive. The story follows three survivors who left Bermudas (where they were when the virus striked) due to something nasty going down and manage to travel through America without getting killed or having trouble for trusting everyone they find. I have to clarify that I just couldn't follow them ...more
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 15-50 year olds
I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for the sequel. The characters, although much younger than I, had to make very adult moral decisions based on the values they learned as children. Genuinely a fight for good versus evil. I particularly like the movement of the main characters in and out of city and towns I am familiar with. I can image the paths they took. You also get a clear sense of the loneliness of their surroundings, the isolation they must feel. With no real authority to guide the ...more
Wendie Barney boucher
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a great first novel from Britt Holewinski, and I look forward to reading the next novel in this trilogy. The characters were well developed and the storyline well done. Schism is a dystopian novel about survival, but so much more. A virus was released that killed everyone over a certain age, and now those left must figure out how to survive. Holewinski shows the reader the human condition and how we can not escape who we are and the type of person we will become. I highly recommend givi ...more
Diana Thomsen
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways, ya
This was a really good book! I enjoyed the premise and the actual plot, found the characters engaging, and was frustrated when the book ended in a nice little cliffhanger. The writing was a tad weak, but not enough to notice, and I'm actively looking forward to the next book in the series. This one was good enough, in fact, that when I accidentally left my copy at home, I bought the ebook so I wouldn't have to wait to finish it!

I won an ARC of this book through a Goodreads giveaway, but all thou
David Verbsky
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC for free as part of a Goodreads Giveaway.

This book starts off a bit slow but after the first quarter I was hooked, almost to the point I could not point it down. The world Britt created has echoes of The Stand combined with Lord of the Flies but in a very modern, accessible style. Fans of contemporary young adult fiction like the Hunger Games or the Legend series should find a great deal to enjoy here as well. My only regret in receiving an ARC is that it means I still have to
Paula Hinson
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was an excellent read! I love reading the dystopian genre and this book did not disappoint. I was hooked to the story from the very beginning and did not want to put it down. I will definitely be reading the next book in the series.
Jun 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
This isn't a book. This is just words on paper. It is completely one dimensional and lacking in absolutely anything that could be considered redeeming. I couldn't buy into or manage to care about anything or anyone in it. There's such better writing out there, especially in this genre. Skip this one and spare yourself.
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Born in Boston, Britt Holewinski lived in six different houses across the United States during her childhood, sparking her interest to write about characters who must continually adapt to new situations and locations.

In her spare time, Britt loves to go hiking anywhere with a view, learn French, and visit historical Revolutionary and Civil War sites along the East Coast.

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