New technology, new choices . . . but who gets to choose?
Conjoined twins Gordon and Johnny have never let their condition keep them from living full and fulfilling lives. Gordon looks forward to many years of closeness and cooperation. Johnny, however, faces their future with increasing restlessness, even dread.
When the boys are in their teens, the new technologies of accelerated human cloning and brain transplants are combined into a single medical procedure. Someone whose body has suffered such extensive damage as to make normal life impossible may -- with court approval -- be cloned and then given a brain transplant into the clone body. With Gordon's unwitting assistance, Johnny realizes that this procedure provides the chance he had never dared to hope for -- the chance to live in a "normal," separate body.
But Gordon considers their conjoined life a blessing, rather than a curse. He has no intention of accepting separation -- not without a fight . . . .
Division, like Wyle's earlier novels, uses original settings and situations to explore universal themes: the complexity and intensity of family relationships, the nature of individual identity, and the far-reaching effects of the choices we make.
|Publisher:||Karen A. Wyle|
|File size:||485 KB|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
I am an appellate attorney, photographer, political junkie, and mother of two daughters, living in a county outside a town in Indiana. I am a lifelong reader and sometimes an author. I read science fiction, historical fiction, biography, history, 18th and 19th Century English classics, mysteries, YA, and once in a while a bit of fantasy. I write science fiction and picture books -- so far. I don't read self-help books, except about writing and publishing.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite Karen Wyle takes on a unique topic in her new book, Division. It is the story of two brothers, Gordon and Johnny, who are conjoined twins. The story starts out following their life as they grow from young children to teens and then to adults. It takes place in a future where doctors have advanced medicine in a number of ways, including cloning, which provides a way to separate the twins. This begins a long court battle as the twins argue on who gets to make the choice on the procedure; Johnny who wants to separate or Gordon who is happy being conjoined. This is such a unique and complex topic that I wasn't sure how the author would handle it. Karen Wyle definitely did her research about conjoined twins. The personalities displayed by the characters actually remind me of twins I know. The book is well written and very well thought out; the author really gets into the minds of these two different men. Neither side is pushed as being the best choice, arguments for both are presented so balanced that you don't know which way things will happen until they do. I think of it as a part coming-of-age story, because each twin is struggling to find himself in this world, whether it be conjoined or alone. It will appeal to young and old readers alike. Science fiction, fantasy, young adult, future or realistic; whatever you want to call it, Division by Karen Wyle is good reading for all.
I took a whole day off writing to read this novel; a time I guard jealously. But I’m glad I did. The storyline intrigued me and is one I think we’ll all be hearing more about as the years roll on especially in novel form. Karen has obviously gone to a great deal of time and trouble with this book and it shows. The two main characters, the brothers, are beautifully observed and developed in their differences despite their genetic connection. Their dilemma is one which provoked a lot of thought rather than being something I could just read once and immediately forget. I enjoyed wondering where the book was going and am glad to report that I was wrong about the final ending. My favourite character in the book was the judge. You’ll have to read it to discover why. Just as important in a market flooded with self published books, I was not forced to cringe half a dozen times on every page because of bad editing or painful grammatical mistakes. All in all a great read and one I would recommend to anyone. Well done to the author.