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The Undivided by Jennifer Fallon
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There are no spoilers in this review, although I mention my impression of the ending (without saying what the ending is). Over all I thought this book was very readable, however I could not love it 100%, mainly because it felt like it was aiming at a younger audience than myself.

I give it three stars.

The Blurb

This is the first book in Jennifer Fallon's series The Rift Runners.
An exciting contemporary fantasy, spanning different realities and alternate worlds, THE UNDIVIDED takes us into the heart of family, loyalty and the choice between good and evil. The Undivided are divided. The psychic twins, Ronan and Darragh, have been separated by the traitor Druid, Amergin, who has thrown Ronan through a rift into another reality. Now time is running out for Darragh. If Ronan isn't found soon, they will both die. Meanwhile, Ren Kavanagh has no notion of where he comes from and is plagued by mysterious injuries. Then he meets the enticing and mysterious Trasa, and before he can figure out how it happened, he is in serious trouble ... Ren's life is about to become more bizarre and dangerous than he could ever have imagined.

First Impression

I admit that this one didn't grab me completely at the start. Jennifer Fallon has writen a book about alternate relatities, which is the kind of story I really love, but I did have a bit of trouble getting into this one. It is based on celtic mythology, which I am interested in, but for some reason found it all a bit overwhelming. Strangely, I found the parts of the story set in our world more interesting. Usually it would be the other way around, I'm not so interested in Urban Fantasy.

My other impression of it was that it would perhaps be more enjoyable to an older Young Adult audience. I'm not 100% sure, but I think it had something to do with the themes in the story and the way the characters were portrayed, especially Ren. I love young adult books, don't get me wrong, but I guess I feel like I'm not getting swept away by the characters, I'm not identifying with the characters in the way I do with, say, The Hunger Games or the Obernewtyn Chronicles, and I believe it is just the way the main twins are portrayed.


The book was easy to read despite the Gaelic. The ending just reconfirmed my thoughts that this is aimed at a younger audience than myself. I will continue reading this story, but I am not so caught up in the story that I MUST READ NOW, like most books I read.

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Reading Progress

July 11, 2011 – Shelved
May 18, 2012 – Started Reading
May 21, 2012 – Shelved as: fantasy
May 21, 2012 – Shelved as: 2012
May 21, 2012 – Finished Reading

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