by Britt Holewinski

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"My name is Andrea Christensen. I'm one of the oldest oldest people in the world." The first book in a new YA, dystopian trilogy, SCHISM is a story of survival, of good versus evil, and of constructing a future with only memories of childhood. A virus, created by the smartest minds in the United States government, which is meant to target male adults in times of war, is accidentally released before testing is complete. Within weeks six billion people are eliminated from the world. The only survivors are prepubescent children. Five years after this catastrophic event, a young girl named Andy Christensen and her two friends are forced to leave their home in Bermuda and return to the North American continent. There, they discover that America is wild and chaotic, and people have instituted a “survival of the fittest” mentality. Andy and her friends soon band together with fellow survivors in search for a new place to call home.

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BN ID: 2940152608854
Publisher: Britt Holewinski
Publication date: 03/15/2016
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 462 KB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Born in Boston, Britt Holewinski lived in six different houses across the United States during her childhood, sparking her interest to write about characters who must continually adapt to new situations and locations. Early on, she dreamed of becoming an astronaut; however, shortly after completing her graduate degree, she was offered a job with the CIA. Her years working for the Agency opened her eyes to the world we live in and gave her rare glimpses of what living in a crumbling, post-apocalyptic world might be like. In her spare time, Britt loves to go hiking anywhere with a view, learn French, and visit historical Revolutionary and Civil War sites along the East Coast. After residing in the Washington DC area for fourteen years, she is currently living and writing full-time in Michigan. Schism is her debut novel.

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Schism 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Dmaxtownsend More than 1 year ago
Schism, the terrific first installment of a YA dystopian trilogy, plunges us into the mostly unpopulated world after a deadly man-made virus wipes out everyone over fourteen years of age. We follow Andy and her friends Charlie and Morgan as they are forced to leave Bermuda to escape the escalating violence of this once gentle island. Holewinski credits her reading of The Lord of the Flies for the idea of kids being left to their own devices without adults in the mix. Her setting is not a mere island, but the world. Who to trust? How do we feed ourselves? Where will we be safe? These are all issues faced by the survivors as they make their ways and lives in the newly cleansed world. The teens meet friends and foes along the way and soon come up against a bright, resourceful teen who not only has New York City functioning, but has access to the virus. Good meets evil. Survival under these circumstances is neither a given not easy: our heroes struggle with their fears and doubts while trying to save the world. I look forward to the remaining books and would like to suggest a prequel (I’m a big fan of what-comes-before). As there is a bit of sexual material, I’d recommend this to 14+ year olds. An exceptional read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great dystopian read, Britt Hilewinski has created teenagers you care about in a world that has become a scary place. I enjoyed and all 3 of my teenage boys did as well.
Bookworm_mommy_of_3 More than 1 year ago
The first thing about this book that drew me in was the cover, I was so curious as to why you would but an assault weapon, tattered teddy bear, and flower together. How did these things fit together for this story? Then I read the description and we even more intrigued, I had to find out more.Normally anymore when you read or think about a virus outbreak it usually ends up being about zombies, which in my opinion has been way overdone lately. From start to finish I was hooked, hanging on every last word, and absolutely hating the times I had to put the book down and adult. Britt Holewinski has a way of writing that makes the characters come to life and feel so real. You feel what they feel, you are scared and genuinely concerned for their well being, and you become so engrossed in the story that you care very deeply about what happens to them. Schism is fast paced, had in depth details, and had strong characters with real human qualities you can relate to. Have you ever read a story and thought way there is no way that any real person would act or behave like this? Well in schism it was nothing like that, everything that the characters did, or how they reacted to different situations was exactly how I would have reacted as well or I knew why they made that decision and understood their thought process. The only thing I can think of that I didn't like about this book is that it ended on a cliffhanger! The only reason this bugs me is because I am so impatient and loved the book so much that I NEED to know what happens next!! I would recommend this book to any young adult lovers, or anybody who is young at heart. This was an excellent book and I highly recommend reading it.
NikiMattes More than 1 year ago
When Andy's mother died in a car accident, her father quits his jobs and takes Andy to live on Bermuda, there Andy makes 2 friends. Not knowing that the government released a nasty virus that would kill all adults, and kids fight to survive. Andy, Morgan and Charlie fight to survive, they fish and try to grow food. Then Morgan is attacked and the trio decides to get off Bermuda to America, a dangerous trip, but they make it and meet Ben and his cousin Jim and the five decide to go and look for a safe place, away from all the stealing and murdering gangs, if they make it, find out for yourselves! go buy the book. It is a great nice read, a nice pace and you just can't guess what's on the next corner, love the characters, can't wait for the next book to come out I received a free copy of this book in exchange of a honest Review
skybluepink More than 1 year ago
Everyone jokes (some not so jokingly) about being prepared for a zombie apocalypse. What if what we should be worried about is an airborne virus that kills people almost instantly? The only people that survived this world wide virus outbreak are children, all of the adults have perished. Suddenly children have to worry about how to survive. Not only did the adults perish but things we take for granted are gone: food, medical, housing, clothes, gas, electricity, security..the list goes on. Everyone is worried about survival and it's hard to know who to trust. Andy and her 2 friends meet others along the way and they form their own family. I was totally engrossed in this story. I can't wait for the next book to come out. It will be moved to the top of my to be read list when it does. I received this item for free or a reduced rate in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions in this review are 100% my own.
Holly More than 1 year ago
Schism is the story of how a virus that wipes out all the adults and now it's the teenagers running the world. Andy and her two friends who are brother and sister named Charlie and Morgan, are left to fend for themselves in Bermuda after a virus wipes out anyone above the puberty age. Jim and Ben are two friends who are out to put a stop to a very dangerous man who will do anything to control the world. A vacation to Bermuda will leave Andy, Morgan & Charlie trapped on an island that proves to be too dangerous after an incident with Morgan that sends them to the mainland of America. Once there, they meet up with Jim and Ben who are on the way to New Mexico in which they all go with them. Once there they have to make some hard decisions that will lead them back to New York to face off against a man named Sean who wants to release the virus again to control who lives and doesn't. As secrets come out about who Jim and Ben really are and a mission that goes terribly wrong, it leaves us with a cliffhanger that we can only imagine what is to come for these teenagers. I really enjoyed reading this book and I hate how it left us with a cliffhanger that was so unexpected that it will make waiting for the next book kinda hard to do!! It was a breath of fresh air to read something that isn't like the other dystopian books that gives you an perceptive of what a world run by teenagers can do. I can't imagine what else can happen to this group but I can bet you that it's gonna be good! Thank You to Britt Holewinski for writing a fantastic start to this series that will leave you wanting more! I received this book from the Author in exchange for a honest review.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Andy recently lost her mother to a car accident so her father decides to spend the summer in Bermuda. While there, Andy makes friends with Morgan and Charlie, two kids from England. But then a virus sweeps the world and anyone older than 13 is killed. They make a living on the island until tragedy strikes and they decided to sail to America. When they get to Washington DC they discovery that anything Andy may remember of America is no longer left. The friends then meet Ben and Joe and try to find a place to make a home. But things are not easy nor safe and every time they think they have found a place to start their lives things get thrown to the wind. From a town run by the rich that abuse their power, gladiator like events, trafficking, secrets, and many other perils will keep the group on their toes if they plan on making any kind of life for themselves. I loved this book. You can’t help but feel for the kids trying to figure things out on their own and being thrown into this world. I liked all the characters and cheered and cried with them throughout the book. And just when you think it can’t get any worse, surprise something else comes up. I love dystopian/apocalyptic stories and Schism is now up on my keep shelf. I recommend this to anyone that likes this genera. I will be keeping my eye out for other books from Britt Holewinski. I received Schism for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.