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Grade 7 Up—As a young teen, Wade sometimes talked to himself after his mother died. Fast forward three years as Split begins: with two Chapter Ones, two Chapter Twos—and two Wades. They both live in present-day Rivendale with alcoholic fathers (one currently drinking, one not), girlfriends named Denby, and friends named Ant. One Wade is a high school senior and a computer genius, writing code on his rig and living a straight-arrow life. The other Wade is a musician, in debt to violent loan sharks, who doesn't think much of "scien-ticks" and "flashy drives." There is a sinister company (Prometheus) that may or may not be running experiments that could destroy the world. Petrucha's "all or nothing" style ("How can you not take it too seriously if you're the only one who can prove the world might end?") demands a suspension of disbelief, but many readers will eagerly go along to see what happens when the two Wades not only meet, but also switch places. It's frustrating that Petrucha never explains the dual universe, how the split happened, and how the personalities exchanged, but it's clear that Prometheus is the bad guy and that Wade saves the world, so that may be enough. Most of the character development is sacrificed in pursuit of action, but for many readers, a book that reads like it might be made into a movie at any moment is just fine. For a more authentic computer adventure, suggest Cory Doctorow's Little Brother (Tor, 2008).—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX
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At 15, the death of Wade’s mother paralyzes him with indecision about how he wants to live his life: keep to the straight and narrow, or drop out to play music. Three years later, he has done both. Alternating narratives—both by Wade—describe his life after pursuing each of these paths. Neither is depicted as being the “right” one, and each Wade has his own problems. Straitlaced Wade writes a computer program proving that the town’s particle accelerator could end the world, putting him at risk when the company discovers that he is likely correct. Dropout Wade gets in deep with a loan shark and deals with a higher level of criminal. The two Wades begin dreaming of one another and, at their lowest points, meet in the flesh to change places and fix what the other was unable to handle. The shifting action keeps the fast-paced dual plots moving, and teens will be entertained by the two Wades’ embodiment of the tension between being success oriented and following your whims. Grades 7-10. --Heather Booth

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens (March 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080279372X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802793720
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,921,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in the Bronx, Stefan Petrucha spent his formative years moving between the big city and the suburbs, both of which made him prefer escapism.

A fan of comic books, science fiction and horror since learning to read, in high school and college he added a love for all sorts of literary work, eventually learning that the very best fiction always brings you back to reality, so, really, there's no way out.

An obsessive compulsion to create his own stories began at age ten and has since taken many forms, including novels, comics and video productions. At times, the need to pay the bills made him a tech writer, an educational writer, a public relations writer and an editor for trade journals, but fiction, in all its forms, has always been his passion. Every year he's made a living at that, he counts a lucky one. Fortunately, there've been many.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Wade Jackson was a balanced person until his mother died. One part of Wade was artistic, a poor student and somewhat unruly. Another part of Wade was highly organized, an excellent student, especially in mathematics and computer programming, and always followed the rules. When Wade's world became unbalanced, so did Wade.

When most people become unbalanced, one part of their character becomes dominant and the other part fades into the background. In Wade's case, Wade's life was bifurcated and the two different parts of Wade existed in two parallel dimensions. Though each Wade was unaware of the other Wade, they dreamed of each other.

I wondered early on whether Wade was schizophrenic or whether he had some kind of multiple personality disorder. As the story proceeds, Petrucha explains enough about the two Wades that we understand that there are two Wades, though not exactly why there are two Wades.

One Wade lives a carefree life as a musician in a rather seedy restaurant. Wade has no money, no possessions, apparently one friend, and a long-suffering girlfriend. Wade sleeps in the restaurant and eats in the restaurant. With no responsibilities, Wade skates through life as a joker. Wade's lifestyle is threatened when his friend Ant - short for Anthony - runs afoul of some disreputable characters. Suddenly Wade's life is in turmoil and his life and various body parts are at significant risk.

The other Wade is working on getting a scholarship offered by Prometheus, a facility that operates a huge particle collider. Academic Wade's life is highly organized and focused. His room is neat and clean. He owns a hybrid car. Academic Wade has his life planned out for years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Wade Jackson wants a lot from life, and has the talent to get it. He has ability as a musician and songwriter, as well as being a brilliant science student. The problem is that each one takes real dedication to pursue, leaving little time for the other - at least, not in this universe.

But when there are more universes than one, the different Wades can live out their different pursuits. More than just different in where they place their talents, the Wades differ also the kinds of worlds they inhabit, and in the basics of their approaches to life. The science geek works hard, with a deep-set need to do the right thing. Musician Wade lives a feral existence, looking out for number one on the shadowy boundary between society and its underworld. Then, in an unexplained synchrony, each one finds a serious, even life-threatening problem to address, but with a solution just outside of that Wade's abilities ...

This urban fantasy for young adults follows a distinctive course, alternating between the two Wades in their two very different worlds. Tensions build at a good pace. Although we get glimmerings in advance, the resolution comes across with real excitement, of kinds suited to each Wade's personality. A technical flaw having to do with precious metal fabrication niggled, but didn't detract from the essential plot. On the whole, I found it a very enjoyable sample of teen empowerment fantasy. The right reader will get lot of entertainment from this one.

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Wade Jackson just lost his mother. In the chaos that follows the death of a loved one, Wade finds himself being pulled in two different directions with two different ambitions: to do excellent in school or to play his guitar and sing music.

Wade has to decide which ambition to pursue and which will benefit not only himself but humanity, as well.

Petrucha writes an intriguing novel that has an interesting set-up. Every other chapter is told from the different Wade. The first starts with the musician Wade, who doesn't care about school or rules, and the second chapter - with a different font to distinguish between the two Wades - is about the A+ student.

Setting up the book in this interesting way is confusing at first, but it soon sucks the reader in. This interesting novel is sure to please any who are willing to get submerged in an alternate reality-type story with many twists and turns.

Reviewed by: Steph
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By Sara on October 1, 2013
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It was well written and had a very good story. I chose it was okay because it is not my style of book.
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