The Split Second (The Seems Series #2)

The Split Second (The Seems Series #2)

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by Michael Wexler, John Hulme

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The second exciting adventure in the world of The Seems

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The second exciting adventure in the world of The Seems

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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

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Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
Seems Series , #2
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Age Range:
8 Years

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