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The Seems: The Split Second Kindle Edition

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Grade 5–8—Fixer Becker Drane, 13, reappears to save The World from a renegade Split Second and a powerful Time Bomb. He leads the life of a normal teenager until his 7th Sense alerts him to danger, and his Blinker goes off with a message from The Seems that gives him his new assignment. The Seems is an organization on the other side of the Fabric of Reality that created the Real World and is responsible for making everything in it (Time, Sleep, Weather, etc.) run smoothly. When there is a problem, a Fixer, with the help of a Briefer, must get to work. Becker's job is to find and fix the Split Second before a rebel group bent on destroying The World sets off the bomb. Hilarious wordplay, capitalized idiomatic expressions, puns, and figures of speech propel the plot along at a manic pace as Becker falls in love, tries to follow the Rules, and narrowly escapes annihilation. A delightful caste of noble and nefarious characters adds to the fun. For those in need of a moral component, there is much philosophizing about why bad things happen if the great Seems Plan for The World is supposed to be so perfect. Readers are encouraged to take the Seems Aptitude Test to become a Fixer. Advise readers to approach this book with a Grain of Salt and with Tongue firmly in Cheek for a wild ride.—Quinby Frank, Green Acres School, Rockville, MD
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This book expands upon the premise of The Glitch in Sleep (2007), in which a mirror world called the Seems constructs and maintains the machinery that governs our own, with a massive bureaucracy charged with everything from keeping the Seconds rolling along smoothly to painting properly glorious sunsets and delivering Little Unplanned Changes of Kismet (L.U.C.K.). When a rebel organization plants a Time Bomb that threatens to destroy the inner workings of our universe, Becker Dran, the talented, teenage “Fixer,” finds himself in desperate need of help to set things right. With increasingly severe time storms wreaking havoc worldwide, it looks like only the elusive Time Being herself has the power to help; can Becker track her down and persuade her to lend a hand? Yes, as it turns out, and no. This sequel continues to develop a truly ingenious setting while proving every bit as much of a nail-biter as the first. Becker and his allies come through in the end, but the close brings signs of impending disaster on an even vaster scale. Stay tuned. Grades 5-8. --John Peters

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  • File Size: 1954 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; Reprint edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047ZFYK0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,358 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By lawyerwhocooks on August 28, 2008
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I cannot recommend this series enough. It's ingenious, wildly inventive, laugh out loud funny, touching and poignant at times. Within the first 50 pages, I laughed out loud dozens of times and actually had tears in my eyes on one occasion.

For you parents out there (and I am one): There are a number of important themes running through the book - the Seemsians, especially our protagonist Becker Drane, have strong ethics, remain true to their goals and doing the right thing, and they understand and buy into doing your part for society and following the rules that accompany life.

For you "kids" out there (I still consider myself one, too) - ignore the parent-ish stuff I said above. Yes, the goal of the Seems is to Fix(tm) problems in the World, and to ensure that people and the planet not only survive but prosper. And yes, this requires a lot of people who work at the Seems to do their jobs with a dedication and love rarely seen in the world today. Regardless, this is NOT a mind-your-manners-and-study book! The Seems is a world beyond our World, an organization dedicated to Fixing(tm) problems that arise in the world you and I think of as "real." The Tools(tm) used by the Fixers and other Seemsians are some of the most inventive and exciting fastasy concepts I've ever encountered, particularly in one book. The witty turns of phrase, the connections between real science and fantasy, make this book unbelieveably fun to read.

As an aside, I am surprised the book is only recommended for eight to twelve year olds, since I feel that (1) adults who enjoy fantasy and science fiction will love this series, and (2) the writing style might be a little complex for an average eight year old to follow, in my opinion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 13, 2008
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THE SEEMS: THE SPLIT SECOND is the sequel to The Seems: The Glitch in Sleep (Seems), by the just-a-bit-deranged co-authors John Hulme and Michael Wexler. And if you can get past the massive infusion of concepts and themes set in puns and tons of Words in Caps (and nearly all of them trademarked), then this could be a massively fun read.

More of the Seems, that fantastic hidden world so much older than ours, where Meanwhile and the Middle of Nowhere are actual places and The Time Being happens to be one of the oldest creatures in Creation. The good folks at the Seems diligently work behind the scenes to ensure that our own world runs smoothly and according to the enigmatic Plan. We catch up with the first book's protagonist Becker Drane, now 13 years old and in the eight grade. Becker still holds down the best gig in the world. He lives out his life as a normal teenager in New Jersey, but when there's a dire crimp in the fabric of reality (oh, excuse me, that's Fabric of Reality), then Becker takes on his other guise, that of the youngest Fixer in the Seems, working for the Institute for Fixing & Repair. This time, the agents of Tide - that messed-up underground organization determined to undermine each of the Seems' good works - have set off a temporal bomb at the Seems, inducing unnatural rapid aging and many fatalities. Fixer #37 (of 38) Becker Drane is tapped to fix things. And, if he doesn't, then our world is next on the list of casualties.

Nowadays I'm fairly used to the premise of our world not being the real, true world, C.S. Lewis being the first writer to expose me to this concept with his classic Narnia series, followed later by Roger Zelazny's incredible Amber novels.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Schrader on December 11, 2008
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My 11 year-old son and I have read this and the other SEEMS book together and while they are interesting and have some great new insights to think about, they are, as my son put it "too full of details". They use Trademarks for certain words and have definitions at the bottom of the page, all making for additional reading and recalling.

This might be fun & unique for older kids, teens and even adults, but I think that the average younger child might agree with my son. It can sometimes feel like the story is bogged down in explanations & details about gadgets, etc., to the point that, like my son, I feel it might be more fun to just "get on with the story".

I do feel it is definitely better geared toward an older audience who might appreciate the humor and the way it is written. They are entertaining stories, just keep in mind that they will be best enjoyed by those who like to be pulled into another world with a language of its own, absorbed by the fantasy of it all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Stevenson VINE VOICE on February 27, 2010
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I had received a copy of THE SPLIT SECOND, book two in THE SEEMS, and I really didn't want to read it until I had finished book one in the series. So I went out, got a copy of THE GLITCH IN SLEEP, read and mildly enjoyed it, and then felt ready to dive in to the Seems again. I was expecting another mildly humorous and entertaining romp, but THE SPLIT SECOND really did blow me away. And now I must say that I am eagerly anticipating anything else from John Hulme and Michael Wexler.

The story begins with Becker as a thirteen-year old, and he's been on duty as a Fixer in the Seems -- saving the world one mission at a time for a couple years now. But the strain is beginning to wear him down, and he knows that he can't take much more without being able to talk to someone in the World about it all. But then the unthinkable happens -- the Tide comes back in, a chief Fixer dies, and Becker Drane is called in to Fix one of the most terrifying dangers that the World will ever see. And if he can't stop it in time -- the entire World will be not much more than a pile of dust floating in space...

I think one of the things that made this second outing into the Seems so much better was that the stakes are so much higher. Things really are a lot worse than in book one, which seemed a lot more like a fun, not-so-threatening adventure. And the plot twists and turns so many times that I kept getting shocked almost every chapter as things just got worse and worse. And... there are some interesting hints as to some overall mystery that I'm sure will be picked up in the next book.

The writing speeds along much faster than GLITCH did, and the only little bumps I hit were one or two plot points I saw coming early on. But readers in the middle grade set will definitely enjoy this second book in THE SEEMS. It's definitely worth reading book one so that things will make more sense, but the series is really now starting to become amazing with THE SPLIT SECOND.
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