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This Splintered Silence

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  67 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
Lindley Hamilton has been the leader of the space station Lusca since every first-generation crew member on board, including her mother, the commander, were killed by a deadly virus.

Lindley always assumed she’d captain the Lusca one day, but she never thought that day would come so soon. And she never thought it would be like this—struggling to survive every day, learning
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published November 13th 2018 by HarperTeen
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Kayla Thanks so much, Belle! This one is an unrelated standalone with no connection to The Sandcastle Empire—can't wait to share more details soon! <3

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"I think most things begin to fracture without anyone realizing it’s even happening, a sort of splintered silence that gives way all at once under too much weight, and without warning."

Themes: survival, friendships, relationships, growing up together, evolving bonds, science, technology, space station, leadership, stepping up, grief, trust, asking for help, virus, mutation, murder, contagion, space, stress, pressure

Nothing quite like what I expected, This Splintered Silence is a surprising mix o
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight


This was quite a fun book! While not perfect, I found it to be quite enjoyable and I was certainly invested in the mystery aspect of the story. Let's break it down into likes/dislikes, because I cannot really talk about the plot too much for fear of spoiling!

The Stuff I Liked:

•It was incredibly entertaining. Despite any other flaws, I just plain really liked the story. Is it murd
Vicky Who Reads
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drcs, arcs, wishlist
4 stars

The Sandcastle Empire was one of my favorite reads from last year--an action-packed read full of deadly situations in a unique setting.

And This Splintered Silence did not disappoint, with its cast of characters who you doubt every step of the way and a main character struggling to maintain captainship of the spaceship, you're definitely invested in what's going on with these teens in space.

I mean, they're going through a whole lot with all of their parents dying and having to control 80 t
Amber (Books of Amber)
I didn't finish this book because I didn't like the writing style. Every sentence was so horribly dramatic. You know that character in Inside Out who says "I would die for Riley" in THAT voice? It was like that. Every. Single. Sentence.
Emily Murphy
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A gorgeously written, tautly plotted thriller. I inhaled this book and relished the twists and turns it took. I love the way This Splintered Silence weaves science, technology, grief, panic, and the nuance of human relationship into a tightly woven web--and an ending I never saw coming.
♠ Tabi ♠
Aug 29, 2018 marked it as to-read
Another book about a young girl trapped in a sudden position of loneliness and leadership on a ship hurtling through the dark vacuum of space???

Carlie Sorosiak
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ooooooooh my goodness, y'all. Please prepare yourselves for this book, because it's going to absolutely blow your mind.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, 2018-reads, sci-fi
* 3.5 stars *

A book I wanted to love ended up being a murder mystery I’m not sure I buy but overall it wasn’t a bad novel.

“This Splintered Silence” begins at the end of a contagion that took the lives of the first generation of those who made the jump from Earth to space leaving behind a community of children to take the reins when a sudden death of one of their own with eerie similarities to the original plague threatens to unravel an already fragile social order as those in charge are forced
Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)
Nov 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star

I had such high hopes for this book, but sadly I was disappointed. It's got great reviews, too, so looks like I was the black sheep yet again *shrugs*

Mostly I was bored. The mystery of not knowing why people were dying kept me going, but I found the plot and the book overall to be very dull. The prose was choppy and awkward and I had trouble getting into it. We are given ZERO description whatsoever, so I had trouble picturing the setting or any of the characters. They're in space. That's about
Kath (Read Forevermore)
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-arcs, reviews
An arc of this book was sent to me by Harper Collins and Kayla Olson for a book tour. All thoughts and opinions on this book are honest and my own.

Rating: 4.5 / 5

Beautifully written, engaging and character driven book. This book is a perfect mix of science fiction, romance, thriller, and suspense. The prose of this book was just so beautiful and natural, and it brought the development of this story so perfectly! It was perfectly paced, and I found myself devouring this book real quickly.
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: harper, mystery, sci-fi
*4.5 stars*
I really liked this one! The main character was so well developed and the writing/plot was so gripping.
Guessed who the murder was in under 100 pages.
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thrilling, chilling and altogether unputdownable the predictability of the core whodunnit doesn't take away from the overall success of this creepy space opera. Sadly it features a rather dull love triangle but hopefully that will be swiftly resolved in any sequel as the romance feels shoehorned into what is otherwise a tight plot that would have benefited more from exploring the strong friendships involved than any non-platonic relationships. This, however, didn't stop me reading it in one sitt ...more
Laura Holt
"I think most things begin to fracture without anyone realizing it's happening, a sort of splintered silence that gives way all at once."
What's the last book that kept you up at night? For me, it was This Splintered Silence by Kayla Olson! This book was, in a word, phenomenal. It had so many twists and turns that I couldn't tell which way was up and which way was down! Needless to say, the ending completely took me by surprise. Plus, Kayla's writing is stark and fresh, with the kind of perfect p
Stephanie Hatfield
Insert thoughts that make sense. i cannot even wrap my head and formulate thoughts about this book right now 😂😂 better review at a later date !
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put this down! The main character is SO relatable and the story was intense and unpredictable. One of my favorite reads this year!
No one who remembers them, no legacy left behind: those are lies, if I really break them down. Even if I die for this choice- possible self-sacrifice, me for my people- a legacy of integrity is the greatest thing I could offer. It's certainly preferable to a life propped by fear and lies. Sooner or later, that life would collapse.

What another glorious read from Kayla! It was everything I had hoped for and then some.

Think about it, really think about it, if you were 16 and lost every adult you ca
Celia McMahon
Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for a chance to review this title

This book thrusts you into a virus-ridden space station commanded by seventeen-year-old Lindley who is forced into the position after the adults are killed off. This book was fun and exciting and I shall break it down for you.

I really liked the mystery of the story. We've got this virus which may or may not is killing the second generation crew aboard the station. BUUUUUUUT we don't know if it's the virus. It could be murd
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
This Splintered Silence is written in a very specific style, one that leans very heavily on repetition and emdashes. It's a style that heightens drama and can be quite quotable, but it's not a style that I personally enjoy. Here's a sample so you can see if this book might be for you.
"My mother once told me—before she died, before her colleagues died, before everyone who wasn't born here on the station died—that each soul is tied to a star, a trail of stardust the tether. As long as the sky is f
Christen (GoldiloxReads and Whimsify)
This one doesn’t waste anytime jumping right into the story and I absolutely love this author for that. We get into the main plot right off the bat and the story never slows down until the very last page. This one is part sci-fi, part murder mystery and I was trying to figure it out until the shocking reveal of what was really going on. But, the star here is really the writing. Short chapters, straight and to the point writing style, and fantastic descriptions of emotion and loss. Highly recomme ...more
Rebekah Faubion
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED THIS BOOK! I have been in a bummer of a reading slump, and This Splintered Silence totally yanked me out. I was on the edge of my seat.
Kathy Martin
Oct 16, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF - too slow paced and boring for me.
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, this book was so awesome! Go space thrillers! Very quick paced, and I really enjoyed it!
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won an arc of this gorgeous book from Kayla, and I'm so glad that I did! Not only was the plot gripping, but I was also so drawn in to each of the individual characters. Though the story is from Lindley's perspective, I found myself often trying to put myself in the shoes of the other characters as well. Lindley's (and I suspect Kayla's) love and devotion to them immediately made each of them important in their own right.

The story, which was so much more emotional than I was expecting, centers
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
J'ai adoré ma lecture du début à la fin. J'ai rigolé, j'ai eu peur, j'ai pleuré... Tout ça en 359 pages.
Encore une super oeuvre signée Kayla Olson !! UN COUP DE COEUR INTERGALACTICAL (oohh un jeu de mot ! Coïncidence?! Non je ne pense pas !)
Caitlin Lambert
I have never read a thriller in space, let alone one with such mystery and suspense. Put this on your TBR for its November release, because you don't want to miss it!

I received an ARC of TSS, so I will not be quoting any lines at the moment, but there were so many chilling, gorgeous sentences that were 100% worth quoting.

Kayla's writing is atmospheric and beautiful, and her story-telling completely sucks you in. TSS takes place on a space station with the original purpose of performing scientifi
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Illuminae. science fiction or thriller lovers.
Recommended to LiteraryEmpress by: I did.
Review: This Splintered Silence by Kayla Olson

I don’t even know where to begin with this one. I guess the beginning.

I fell in love with Kayla Olson’s writing in The Sandcastle Empire; it’s beautiful and fluid, something that is just a joy to read. This Splintered Silence is no different.

Ironically, I always read books about viruses while I’m sick (please, don’t do that— it will freak you out) But it did allow me to read This Splintered Silence in about 48 hours. As a slow reader, this is huge.

Quick Summary:

Lindley always assumed she would be the captain of the space station one day, but she never thought that day would come so soon. Ever since the first-generation crew member on board were killed by a deadly virus the second-generation kids have been struggling to survive. Learning how to keep the space station running, figuring out how to communicate with Earth, and making sure they don’t run out of food are just some of the issues they've had to deal with, and now crew members from
Myron Brown
Oct 27, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
On a space station in which a virus killed all Earth-born residence, six teens take commend. The discovery of a body makes them wonder if the virus has returned or is there a murderer? Lindley who has taken command takes the brunt of the responsibility while everything goes wrong. I understand that misdirection and red herrings are a staple of the mystery genre but does it need to take about 100 pages before the Lindley and the other characters realize that murder not a virus is responsible for ...more
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Would have liked more science fiction

This story takes place in a distant future aboard the space station Lusca. A mutated virus has killed all the older crew members, leaving teens and younger to run the station.

Lindley follows in her mother's footsteps, taking over as Commander of the station, running it with five close friends of hers. The young people are just starting to rise above the catastrophe of losing their parents and older leaders when young people start dying. It doesn't take Lindle
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