The Split Second (The Seems Series #2)

The Split Second (The Seems Series #2)

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by John Hulme, Michael Wexler, Gideon Kendall
     
 

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WARNING: Anything can happen in a Split Second.

Becker Drane's still got the coolest job in The World, but it's getting harder and harder to live a normal life outside of The Seems. He's definitely feeling the strain of being a teenager (complete with mood swings and a newfound respect for sarcasm) and he can't stop thinking about Jennifer Kaley, the totally

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WARNING: Anything can happen in a Split Second.

Becker Drane's still got the coolest job in The World, but it's getting harder and harder to live a normal life outside of The Seems. He's definitely feeling the strain of being a teenager (complete with mood swings and a newfound respect for sarcasm) and he can't stop thinking about Jennifer Kaley, the totally cool girl he met during his Mission in Sleep. Things don't get any easier when a bomb explodes in the Department of Time and Becker is called in to pick up the pieces after a more senior Fixer couldn't disarm the device. It's his toughest mission yet, and Becker finds himself going places in The Seems he never knew existed, and meeting people long thought dead. Yep, it's just another day in the life of Becker Drane. Let's hope he lives to Fix again . . . .

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Courtney Huse Wika
Becker Drane is back in a new installment of life in the Seems. He is a few years older, and Becker's grades are suffering, his friendships are strained, and he is too often forced to send his Me-2 in his place for family quality time. Furthermore he is in big trouble with his supervisors for keeping watch on Jennifer Kaley, the girl whose dream he crashed in a previous mission. His troubles in The World are put into perspective, though, when rebel group The Tide detonates a bomb in the Department of Time and a Split Second is let loose between the Seems and The World, rapidly aging and turning to ash everything in its path. Becker is called to step in after a Fixer is killed in the blast, and his mission takes him to Seemsian reaches previously unknown, where he meets a legendary Fixer thought long-dead, the original creator of Time, and a friend-turned-enemy who tries to sway Becker to the other side. Again The World depends on Fixer Drane and his quick thinking and courage. Fast-paced, action-packed, and extremely clever, the novel imagines a complex and richly detailed World Behind the World. The weight of his obligations is quite heavy, but Becker is a likeable protagonist who manages to keep his sense of humor in the darkest of times, which keeps the plot line from becoming too intense. The second in The Seems series does not disappoint, and it will charm action-adventure, fantasy, and mystery lovers alike. Reviewer: Courtney Huse Wika
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
It is not an uncommon conceit that our universe is controlled by something that is not us. Is there, then, a Plan? Does this Plan involve ordinary people having some very odd skills and doing some very peculiar things to keep the world running the way we know it? In this book, it means just that. Becker Drane is a thirteen-year-old "Fixer" trained in the ways of the Plan. He's the youngest Fixer, but one of the best. Beside (quite literally beside) the real world there is a separate world called The Seems, where everything any Fixer needs to do his work is stored. In a Fixer's Tool Kit are all kinds of useful devices, each of them Trademarked (with that little TM). The Seems is also home to the Essence of Time, the Time Being, the Powers that Be, the Fabric of Reality, the Point of View—all of them portrayed by people. Everything has been running just fine and according to the Plan, but suddenly things start to go wrong. Becker is told that "a certain ‘underground organization' has been sticking a poison-tipped thorn in our sides for some time now. Jammed-up fans in the Wind Tunnels. Locusts in the Color Fields. A corked and blown-up Rain Tower." This underground organization is known as The Tide, and although its agenda is unclear, Fixer Drane is pretty sure that its main purpose is to sabotage the entire world. When bits of the world begin to fall apart (yes, literally) and certain Frozen Moments begin to melt, the Fixers and their companion Briefers know that they have their work cut out for them. This is the second book in "The Seems" series; it's a fun read in spite of its peculiarities. Reviewer: Judy Silverman
School Library Journal

Gr 4-8

The adventures of Becker Drane, 13, who lives both in the Real World and in the world of The Seems, continues in John Hulme and Michael Wexler's sequel (2008) to The Glitch in Sleep (2007, both Bloomsbury). Becker is a Fixer who is called upon to right any wrongs in The Seems world, where all of normal life is maintained and monitored. In this case, time is "out of whack" because of a time bomb. As Becker's family goes on vacation, he heads off to save mankind, meeting all kinds of characters-from a disillusioned artist to a retired Fixer who sacrifices himself to save others. The plot is complex, with many characters drifting in and out, and there are many varying viewpoints. Listeners unfamiliar with the first book may be confused because little background story is provided. Oliver Wyman's narration does not vary enough to completely differentiate between the characters or emphasize the text's many hilarious wordplays and puns.-Edith Ching, Washington Latin Public Charter School, Washington, DC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599902999
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
Seems Series, #2
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
475,149
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

John Hulme and Michael Wexler are the authors of The Seems: The Glitch in Sleep. They accidentally stumbled upon the existence of The Seems after opening an unlocked Door in Wilmington, North Carolina, during the summer of 1995. From that moment on, they were obsessed with the curious realm they had discovered and sought to pen a book series based on this find. Though the project was held up in administrative Red Tape for nearly eleven years, the Powers That Be finally signed off on its release, resulting in the text you now hold.

Hulme lives with his wife, Jennifer, and son, Jack, in a small New Jersey town with crookety sidewalks and tree-lined streets.

Wexler's whereabouts remain unknown.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read the first and second one and i think jack has a little to much luck to have his first kiss at the age of thirteen. Im only ten and i dont have a chance to be a luck out like him. I love the first book but not as much as i like the the second book. The only reason i like the second book more is because every page you can't wait for the next page. Its like a magnet you put it down then it forces you to pick it back up. I would recamend this book to peaple who love adventures, fantasys, and strate out comedy. Just remember be careful.
Tai Nguyen More than 1 year ago
This book was just as awsome as the first book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like the seems series or cesey lake and jennifer will come after yoou. Casey will hit you wit her surfboard and jennifer wit her kit.THEN THEY WILL SHOVE THER BOOBS IN YOUR FACE!! AHHHHHHH....... oh yum
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I had my first kiss at 7 and ive bees forever alone science then.... im 13 now
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Ive read (sorry about spelling) r them all and i LOVE them all. Read it or else the seem will get you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My name is Rosie and I really liked this book and it's seiries!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story reads like the back of a cerial box.The author dosent explain the people in the book,and you could finish it in two days.Don't waste your money on this book.
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