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The city is at war. Southside, the hostiles live in squalor and ...
The city is at war. Southside, the hostiles live in squalor and desperation. They're hungry to cross the river. Cityside, ISIS is in charge. Its job - keep the hostiles at bay.
ISIS recruits only the best for its elite command. Nik is smart. Very smart.
So why does ISIS reject him?
Before he can find out, his school is bombed. The hostiles take the bridges, and they've kidnapped Fyffe's brother Sol.
Now Nik is on the run.
And Fyffe is going with him.
Across the bridge.
'The Bridge, is brilliant. Every sentence is skillfully crafted, with just enough left unsaid that the reader is always hungry for more...This is a breathtaking first novel.' Junior Bookseller and Publisher
"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
Posted January 6, 2013
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.
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Posted October 21, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 30, 2013
Posted March 19, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 23, 2012
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Posted November 6, 2012
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