The Bridge

The Bridge

by Jane Higgins
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The Bridge 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
The Bridge is the first novel by New Zealand author, Jane Higgins. It is the winner of the Text Prize for YA and Children’s Writing in 2010. Since he was orphaned at the age of five, Nik Stais has lived, learned and excelled at Tornmoor Academy, hoping to be chosen by the Internal Security and Intelligence Service to use his talents in the fight that Cityside wages against the hostiles on Southside. Now seventeen, he and his friends are surprised and indignant when ISIS omits him from their intake. Soon after, Tornmoor is bombed, Nik’s best friend, Lou dies in the attack, and Lou’s eight-year-old brother, Sol is kidnapped by hostiles.  Nik is determined to cross to the Southside, determined to find Sol, and that means going over the bridge. Sol’s sister Fyffe insists on going with him. As they infiltrate the enemy, they learn that not everything they have been taught about these people, the hostiles, the Breken, is true. They find themselves in the middle of a dispute between factions, and Nik discovers some shocking truths about his own past.   Higgins has created a believable dystopia where propaganda, misinformation and indoctrination of youth maintain the status quo. She feeds the information about her world to the reader in manageable doses, not too fast to cause overload, not too slowly to incite boredom. Her characters are multi-faceted and appealing (or repugnant as required by the story), and Higgins is not afraid to kill some of them off if needed. Her plot is original, has quite a few twists, and, without the dissatisfaction of a cliff-hanger ending, allows enough scope for the story to continue. This prize-winning novel is an amazing debut and readers will be pleased to know there is a sequel, Havoc. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Isnt she related to the dude who wrote the enemy?
bdfcanhtho More than 1 year ago
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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