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The Sundered (Among the Mythos Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ruthanne Reid
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The world I know is flooded. You don't go in the water. You don't touch it. If you do, it will get you, drag you down, and you're gone. 

Four hundred years ago, the water was still blue. 

Four hundred years ago, no one had heard of Sundered Ones or the telepathic "claim" that enslaves them. 

Four hundred years ago, humans ruled the Earth. Now, the Earth drowns in black water that kills if touched, and humanity limps into its final hour. 

In a small boat, Harry searches for the Hope of Humanity, a machine that--according to legend--can save his people. Instead, he finds Aakesh: the most beautiful and terrifying Sundered One he's ever seen. Claiming is Harry's natural response-- 

But mastery of this Sundered One comes at a price.


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"If you like your books entertaining, if you like your books to keep you guessing, if you like a unique, fresh story, then Sundered is the book for you. This is a great debut novel and Ms. Reid's book will surely become one of your favorites and she will certainly become one of your favorite authors."
- Anita, the Kindle Book Review

About the Author

Indie author Ruthanne Reid writes about elves, aliens, vampires, and space-travel with equal abandon.

She has a degree in piano performance she never uses, a second (slightly better used) degree in Biblical Science, and currently lives in Phoenix, where the nights are glorious for the imagination. The author of the series Among the Mythos, she churns out free short stories every couple of months. 

Something of a mad book-gifting fairy, Ruthanne believes good stories should be shared. Subscribe to her free email newsletter for free books and more at amongthemythos.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2462 KB
  • Print Length: 413 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985260068
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: 4th Floor Publication; 2 edition (November 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082D9D3M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,075 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating world, challenging look at humanity July 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
After reading the first chapter of the Sundered I was hooked by the fascinating world created by the author. I proceeded to tear through the book over the course of the weekend, constantly driven by a desire to learn what had led to such a terrible state of events in this broken world. I couldn't put it down until the chilling, yet satisfying conclusion.

The book encourages a lot of philosophical introspection. In almost every sci-fi I've read it's assumed that there is always some goodness in humanity; maybe evil humans are in control, but there's a plucky band of good guys out there that redeem the human race. But in the Sundered, things aren't so cut and dry, thus making the premise of the book all that much more interesting. The book is written from the perspective of it's protagonist, and throughout I found myself wondering who I would trust or how I would act in a given situation.

The only thing that didn't quite work for me was being in the mind of a 19 year old boy, Harry, and having him serve as my narrator for the duration. Harry, like most 19 year olds, is not all that eloquent and I found his view of the world and his thoughts often a bit childish. ("Yeah, he's a douche." etc.) It was like I was in the head of a 19 year old kid, which was the point, but I did find it mildly grating after awhile.

However that minor distraction didn't take away from the well constructed world, and the satisfying way in which the story unfolded and led us deeper and deeper into said world. At the Kindle price, it's a steal.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! November 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved this story right from the start! Not very many novels grab me like this one did, nor keep me intrigued throughout, always wanting to pick it up again and find out what's going to happen next.

Despite what a few other reviewers have said, I LOVED the main character's internal dialog, every bit of it! I didn't find it too childish at all. I mean, have you talked to a 19-year-old lately? The author did a great job of showing both his maturity at trying to be a leader and his insecurity at being so young--a well rounded character! Thank you, RuthAnne, for providing me with some real enjoyment. Oh, and I loved the ending.

The only thing I would have changed is removing all the "adult" material. I would have loved sharing this story with my pre-teens, but because of that, I can't. Everything else about it would have made it a great read for them, and I know they would have loved it.

P.S. I'm a professional editor by trade, and I've done a lot of book reviews and previews. Yes, this book had quite a few typos, especially near the end, but the overall story more than made up for that. RuthAnne, don't let anyone belittle you for self-publishing. I'm glad you did.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I really hate to do this December 15, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I don't enjoy writing a review ranting about how terrible a book is, especially when it's one of these more grassroots writing ventures. I admire all of the work that authors put in etc etc, but the high-rating overall mislead me.

With that in mind, the narrator is an adolescent, I get that, but that only buys you so much leeway in terms of employing a rather juvenile writing style. It gets a little intolerable at most points in the novel. I mean, if we're expected to believe that this kid is capable of running around the globe with his peers and is able to shift through the social strata making the deals he needs to to support his ventures, then his voice shouldn't be or sound so typical. I don't believe that a kid who thinks and talks like this is capable of actually surviving the first leg of this wild goose-chase but apparently he's been to all corners of the globe? I don't buy it.

The main character is an uninteresting exploration of the tired old trope of trying to live up to the family name vs. carving out a different path; so the character just feels like a 2-d cutout. This lack of depth was most aptly revealed in his (supposed to be?) central emotional conflict: are these sundered really that much different from us? How can humans be superior if we treat them so poorly? Maybe WE are the monsters, not they! *tear tear*. But it is approached in such a ham-handed, uncompelling way. What was so special about this boy that he just ended up being more compassionate towards the sundered?
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! Something Altogether Different! June 29, 2012
Format:Paperback
In a world muddied by sameness, this one stands in stark contrast. Captivating, thought-provoking, breathlessly sweeping you along. Ruthanne Reid is most certainly onto something here!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down July 3, 2012
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Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Admittedly, I came to know the author this year. And I bought the book out of support like any friend would do, prepared to pass on the obligatory congratulations. What I didn't expect was that I wouldn't be able to put it down. That I would become so immersed in the story, that I would forget I knew the author, forget that there even was an author. So I read it in one sitting! And now I'm writing a review to tell you it's a worthwhile science fiction read. 300+ pages of suspense and thought-provoking, unpredictable intrigue, and my mind is still spinning about the implications of what I read. My unbiased opinion is that this is a great story, deftly written, flowing naturally and drawing you into the precarious world of Harry and the Sundered. I may even read it again. My only question - how long do I have to wait for the next Ruthanne Reid book? That one I will most surely not be buying only out of courtesy.
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I've got a bad habit ... Before I read a book, I have to look at the first and the very last word in it. If they catch me, the book I'm reading gets all my attention. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Mind Games Batman!
Reid has hit the nail of humanity square on the head. I could readily believe the world that was created for the reader could be real and that humanity (that word is an oxymoron),
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More About the Author

Ruthanne Reid writes about elves, aliens, vampires, and space-travel with equal abandon. She is the author of the series Among the Mythos, and believes good stories should be shared.

Her love of magic, urban environments, and deep space birthed a strange world with undercurrents of faith, magic, villainy, and heroism (along with swords and lasers, on occasion). If she has a theme, it is this: keep fighting and keep pushing toward hope. The struggle is worth the finish-line.

Subscribe to her free email newsletter for free books and more at http://amongthemythos.com. You can connect with her on Twitter (http://twitter.com/ruthannereid), Facebook (http://facebook.com/mythos), or Tumblr (http://ruthannereid.tumblr.com), where she looks at too many kittens and Avengers blogs.

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