The Bridge

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 The City is divided. The bridges gated. In Southside, the hostiles live in squalor and desperation, waiting for a chance to overrun the residents of Cityside.

     Nik is still in high school but is destined for a great career with the Internal Security and Intelligence Services, the brains behind the war. But when ISIS comes recruiting, everyone is shocked when he isn't chosen. There must be an explanation, but no one will talk about it. Then the school is bombed and the hostiles take the bridges. Buildings are

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Overview

 The City is divided. The bridges gated. In Southside, the hostiles live in squalor and desperation, waiting for a chance to overrun the residents of Cityside.

     Nik is still in high school but is destined for a great career with the Internal Security and Intelligence Services, the brains behind the war. But when ISIS comes recruiting, everyone is shocked when he isn't chosen. There must be an explanation, but no one will talk about it. Then the school is bombed and the hostiles take the bridges. Buildings are burning, kids are dead, and the hostiles have kidnapped Sol. Now ISIS is hunting for Nik.

     But Nik is on the run, with Sol's sister Fyffe and ISIS hot on their trail. They cross the bridge in search of Sol, and Nik finds answers to questions he had never dared to ask.

     The Bridge is a gritty adventure set in a future world where fear of outsiders pervades everything. A heart-stopping novel about friendship, identity, and courage from an exciting new voice in young-adult fiction.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This grim first novel, set on a not-so-distant future Earth in a war-torn, divided city that could be Sarajevo, London, or just about any other metropolis, packs a significant emotional wallop. Nikolai Stais, an orphan, has spent most of his life as a scholarship student at Tornmoor Academy, a prestigious military school designed to produce top security officers. But while Nikolai’s senior class peers are snapped up by the Internal Security and Intelligence Services, he is denied cadet status. Soon after, rebels attack the school, and Nikolai is arrested as a traitor, though he quickly escapes. When a younger friend is kidnapped and taken across the river to rebel territory, Nikolai follows, hoping to save him, and instead discovers that the history he’s been taught may not be the entire truth. Higgins works hard to expose the religious and racial bigotry lurking behind so many military conflicts, and she is adept at showing that, frequently, neither side is without blame. Nikolai is well drawn and believable, though the story’s secondary characters, particularly the villains, are comparatively one-dimensional. Ages 12–up. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
Civil war has been raging for years and the City remains divided. On either side of the river stand armed camps determined to destroy their opposition. For Nik, raised as an orphan and attending a government sponsored high school, his future appears clear. A brilliant math student, Nik anticipates being called to serve in the Internal Security and Intelligence Services. When Nik is passed over at selection time it puzzles not only him but also all of his classmates. Then, rebel forces from across the river that splits the City attack. In a bold move the rebels take most of the bridge crossings and launch a devastating attack on Nik's school. In the confusion Sol, the younger brother of one of Nik's closest friends, is taken captive by the rebels. Nik decides to cross the river and rescue Sol; and in doing so sets off a chain of events that reveal many secrets about his own heritage. In the end Nik discovers that not everything he has believed all his life is true and that peace is difficult to achieve not only in the world of politics but also within a troubled soul. The Bridge is Higgins first novel and it gives hope for a promising career. Written with an eye for gritty realism, it is a book that combines strong narrative with believable characters. The confusion of the characters when confronted with ever changing circumstances is plausible and helps readers understand just how complicated geo-political events can be to the people on the ground. While there are some lags in the storyline, these slow spots will do little to deter readers from wanting to know what comes next. The ending of this book leaves room for a second installment and hopefully that will materialize. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
Kirkus Reviews
War propels a boy from the privileged side of town across the bridge to the enemy, where he learns the real causes of the war and about his own history. Seventeen-year-old Nik knows only that his parents were killed in an uprising and that he wants to join ISIS, the government security organization most responsible for his city's defense against their enemies from the poor side of the river. Although he attends on a scholarship, he's the most brilliant student in the posh school from which ISIS gets their recruits. When ISIS doesn't choose him, offering no explanation, he sees no future for himself—until a bomb destroys the school and forces Nik and his wealthy friends directly into the war. The enemy kidnaps Sol, the 8-year-old brother of Nik's wealthy friend, so he and Fyffe, Sol's sister, head over the bridge to rescue him. There, they can't avoid teaming up with the enemy, and Nik learns the real causes of the conflict. When the Southsiders discover Nik's real identity, however, he becomes the target of both sides. Higgins taps into current social and class conflicts as fodder for her future war. Nik remarks, "while I wasn't the only brown face in school, I was the only one without back-up." The Southsiders, it turns out, comprise the underclass that rebelled against their wealthy patrons, contrary to the propaganda that Nik has heard all his life. A suspenseful and entertaining debut. (Dystopian adventure. 12 & up)
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PRAISE FOR The Bridge:

"This grim first novel, set on a not-so-distant future Earth ... packs a significant emotional wallop.... Higgins works hard to expose the religious and racial bigotry lurking behind so many military conflicts, and she is adept at showing that, frequently, neither side is without blame." — Publishers Weekly

"War propels a boy from the privileged side of town across the bridge to the enemy, where he learns the real causes of the war and about his own history.... A suspenseful and entertaining debut." — Kirkus Reviews

"...the gritty, painfully tense passages describing the ways in which war affects children - teens in particular - are compelling and deftly written." — The Horn Book

"Readers will easily see themselves in Nik, a young man unsure of his place and uncertain of who is in the right. The popularity of dystopias will ensure that this story has appeal, and it will also make readers think." — School Library Journal

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—In this dystopian novel from New Zealand, Higgins uses her hero's adventures to ponder larger questions. Nik is a mathematical genius at the top of his class in Tornmoor Academy and, as such, he expects to be invited to join the Internal Security and Intelligence Services. ISIS leads the way in protecting the northern part of the city from the Breken invaders who control the city south of the river. ISIS does not choose Nik and even seeks him for questioning when the school is bombed. Nik's young friend Sol is kidnapped by some Breken in the confusion of a major incursion so Nik and Sol's sister, Fyffe, decide to cross the nearest bridge into Southside to rescue him. They soon discover that most of the Breken are quite different from what they were taught. Members of the Campaign for Free Movement would simply like access to the same food and medicines that those north of the river enjoy, preferably through negotiation. The Remnant faction is more interested in conquest. Nik gradually reveals his identity to a few CFM leaders and learns more about himself from them. When he is ultimately called upon to choose a side in the war, he must decide if either one makes sense. Readers will easily see themselves in Nik, a young man unsure of his place and uncertain of who is in the right. The popularity of dystopias will ensure that this story has appeal, and it will also make readers think.—Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770494374
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 10/9/2012
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,039,934
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Higgins was born in New Zealand. She has degrees in mathematics and anthropology and has worked on many human rights campaigns. She is a senior research fellow at Lincoln University and her specialty is youth studies. Jane lives in Christchurch. The Bridge is her first novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Nice book.

    Some points:
    a) the setting was cool and interesting, it was a dystopian society, two acttually that both relied on censoring information and indoctrination to control the people. It was militant on both sides and religious on both sides as well. The city was split by a river and it had bridges to either sides that no one crossed but no one tore down as well. Both the societies seemed equally brutal and responsible for the viloence and i think that was one of the author's points.
    b) the charactors were all very human and down to earth. Nik, the main, was sensible and as the story progressed went from a smart school kid to an adult that refused to buy into the circulating propaganda and lies from both sides. Fyffe was a rich girl, who wasn't terribly interesting, but Nik's dedication to her and her younger brother, Sol, made both of them seem stronger. There was a romantic interest thingamabob between Nik and a girl from the "enemy" and she turned out pretty cool in a way that kinda snuck up on you. Besides these the adults were all well done as well and you felt yourself sympathyzing with both sides because of them.
    c) the plot was nice as well. It wasnt completely rivetting but it didnt follow the stereotype of extremely predictable that the YA section seems to be filled with. I dont want to spoil it,but if you like a book with some twists and not a lot of focus on romance, this is a good one.
    All in all,it was a good read for anyone who was a fan of hungergames or other dystopian/ postapocalytic novels.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2013

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    Nik expects to be one of the top thirty high school students cho

    Nik expects to be one of the top thirty high school students chosen by the Internal Security and Intelligence Services (ISIS) for training in hi-tech operations which will lead to work for the government.  ISIS agents run the war against the rebels of Southside; rooting the rebels out is imperative to saving Cityside in the north.  When the younger brother of Nik's friend Fyffe is kidnapped, the teens cross the bridge to rescue him.  The brutality of war is seen on both sides of the conflict, as is the perseverance to do the right thing while learning horrible secrets that affect family members.  The little bit of longing won't put off readers averse to romance in their reading.  A sequel is in the works.  Readers in grades 7-8 will have not problem with the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    ?..

    Isnt she related to the dude who wrote the enemy?

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

    I liked this book. It is original book about justice being serv

    I liked this book. It is original book about justice being served in a hypothetical setting. I agree with a previous poster that if you liked Hunger Games, this will be a good read for you. I would recommend this book to young or old that likes to escape into a novel. It has split factions on both sides of the bridge and enough intrigue between all groups. The religious factions are generally up to not good. I recommend reading the editorial reviews above for a good idea about the settings and environments. They were helpful to me.

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    Posted October 23, 2012

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