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The Sundered [Kindle Edition]

Ruthanne Reid
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Harry Iskinder knows the rules.

Don't touch the water, or it will pull you under. Conserve food, because there's no arable land. Use Sundered slaves gently, or they die too quickly to be worthwhile.

With extinction on the horizon and a world lost to deadly flood, Harry searches for a cure: the Hope of Humanity, the mysterious artifact that gave humans control over the Sundered centuries ago. According to legend, the Hope can fix the planet.

But the Hope holds more secrets than Harry knows. Powerful Sundered Ones willingly bow to him just to get near it. Ambitious enemies pursue him, sure that the Hope is a weapon. Friends turn their backs, afraid Harry will choose wrong.

And Harry has a choice to make. The time for sharing the Earth is done. Either the Sundered survive and humanity ends, or humanity lives for a while, but the Sundered are wiped out. He never wanted this choice. He still has to make it. In his broken, flooded world, Hope comes with 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

Ruthanne has lived on both US coasts, owns dust-covered degrees in music and religion, and has a serious thing for popcorn.

Her first stories were all about characters from her favorite books, which was a pretty good way to fuel her love of writing. Then came years of pursuing a "responsible" career, which led to little writing, much madness, and a determination never to do that again.

Ruthanne's love of Middle Earth, vampires, and deep space birthed a strange world populated by both elves and aliens, and she only hopes her universe is as interesting to you as it is to her.

Ruthanne lives in Seattle, shares writing space with a husband, housemate, and two cats, and can often be found at church (yes, for real) or Grumpy D's coffeehouse.

Twitter: twitter.com/ruthannereid || Facebook: facebook.com/thisreidwrites || Tumblr: ruthannereid.tumblr.com || Official Site: ruthannereid.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 2648 KB
  • Print Length: 349 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: 4th Floor Publication (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: #445,343 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 26 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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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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13 of 14 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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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down July 3, 2012
By Darren
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars refreshingly different September 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I won this book in a give away and when the author contacted me asking for my address, I said that since the postage to Australia would be quite a lot of money, I'd be fine with an ebook version, but she said she wanted to send me a paperback. A week or so later, it arrived. I read the blurb, then put the book down, thinking it sounded interesting. I didn't think I'd get around to reading it for ages, but being a paperback, it sat on the coffee table shouting, read me, read me, so after dinner I picked it up to have a quick perusal of the first few pages and I and didn't put it down again until I absolutely had to go to bed. You guessed it--I loved it. It grabbed me from page one and held me until the wonderful end.

The Sundered is fabulously different to anything else I've ever read--the mark of a strong new voice--and a totally unique story that had me completely enthralled.

The story takes place on a world flooded with black water that is deadly to humans. People share this world with the Sundered, magical creatures humans have enslaved. The Sundered are dying out, but since there is no arable land and they are the only ones who can go into the water, they are the ones that produce food. Once the Sundered are all gone, the humans will eventually die out.

Harry Iskinder is a salvager who paddles around in a small skiff looking for the Hope of humanity, a possibly mythical object that he hopes will save humans from extinction. No one knows what exactly it is or what it does, but Harry discovers that finding it will give him a choice; either the Sundered survive and humanity ends, or humanity lives for a while but the Sundered are wiped out.

The story is written in a snappy way that immediately drew this reader in.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!
I loved this book! Picked it up off a recommendation on twitter and could hardly put it down. Ruthanne Reid's writing style is unique and adds a nice touch to the story itself. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tyler RIchter
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for the recommendation
Got 'The Sundered' after recommendations from a couple of friends. (One was offering it as a gift, but I decided to buy it myself. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Star Fortress
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!
I rarely find a story as unique and new and fresh as this one. I love it and I recommend anyone to read it.
Published 4 months ago by tepanna
2.0 out of 5 stars good premise, execution lacking
Very weird , interesting book. Really felt the ending was too quick of a wind up. Left me scratching my head?????? The premise definitely has merit but just left me feeling blah. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars it is not the typical SF book. gives one something to ponder.
This book present many moral issues and presents them well. Much of the issues do not come to the front until the end of the book, which then raises many questions and ideas in the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robert Adelstein
5.0 out of 5 stars What price for hope?
What price are we ready to pay for hope? For survival of our species? What price is too high? Are we willing to enslave others again? We did once...and that price was too high. Read more
Published 6 months ago by karen lary
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Loved the characters and the storytelling I was never bored, each chapter was a great beginning. Love this book....I gave it five stars because of the ongoing action.
Published 6 months ago by ladypoohbear
4.0 out of 5 stars fantasy and sci fi in one
This was a surprise. Well written character based fantasy/ sc fi, with an interesting finish. It's very original and creative
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Published 8 months ago by Dennis Foley
4.0 out of 5 stars a free download turned great discovery
A unique perspective on human existence and perseverance. A new spin on our future as well. This book kept me engaged and made me identify with Harry. Kudos Mrs. Reid.
Published 8 months ago by Adam Zachary
4.0 out of 5 stars Great world-building, characters
Ruthanne Reid's novel The Sundered drew me in from the very beginning, with its compelling characters and innovative world-building. Read more
Published 9 months ago by K.Smith
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More About the Author

Ruthanne has lived on both US coasts, owns dust-covered degrees in music and religion, and has a serious thing for popcorn. Her love of Middle Earth and Star Trek birthed a strange world of elves and aliens in a saga that spans the end of the Earth... and what happened after.

Proudly indie, Ruthanne shares Seattle writing space with a husband and two cats, and can often be found at Grumpy D's coffeehouse.

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ruthannereid
Facebook: http://facebook.com/thisreidwrites
Tumblr: http://ruthannereid.tumblr.com
Official Site: http://ruthannereid.com

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