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The Bridge Hardcover – October 9, 2012
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“War propels a boy from the privileged side of town across the bridge to the enemy, where he learns the real causes of the war and about his own history…. A suspenseful and entertaining debut.”
“This grim first novel, set on a not-so-distant future Earth … packs a significant emotional wallop…. Higgins works hard to expose the religious and racial bigotry lurking behind so many military conflicts, and she is adept at showing that, frequently, neither side is without blame.”
– Publishers Weekly
“…the gritty, painfully tense passages describing the ways in which war affects children – teens in particular – are compelling and deftly written.”
—The Horn Book
“…truly an engrossing and compelling story…. Higgins’ depiction of a world gone mad on war and drunk on power and fear is on par with the best that dystopian literature has to offer…. The Bridge surpasses its contemporaries as it delves into areas rarely explored so convincingly by others in the genre … avid enthusiasts of dystopian literature … should not pass on The Bridge….”
—Highly Recommended, CM Magazine
“. . . Readers will easily see themselves in Nik, a young man unsure of his place and uncertain of who is in the right. The popularity of dystopias will ensure that this story has appeal, and it will also make readers think.”
– School Library Journal
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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.
Nik has lived in Cityside all his life and has worked hard for the chance to be recruited by ISIS (the Internal Security and Intelligence Services), an elite squad in the army. He is the only one who has never had family visit him, and is understandably upset when ISIS refuses to recruit him, and seem to be quite upset when they hear his name. His life turns upside down when the Hostiles bomb the school, killing his best friend and forcing him and a few of the students to flee for their lives. When he gets separated from his friends, he finds himself in Southside.
While there, he finds much of what he’d been about the Hostiles were lies. Unfortunately, they also had their share of stories they’d been told about Cityside people, and Nik has a lot of convincing to do if he expects to be allowed to live. He wants answers to the many questions in his head about his past and the current war, but learns more than he’d bargained.
“The Bridge” has lots of adventures, shootings, murders, escapes, intrigue, spying, and all sorts of mayhem to attract even the most reluctant reader ages 12 and up. Higgins cleverly left the ending wide open, which will lead to a nice sequel if she had it in mind to write one. I hope she does.
The world-building left a lot of gaps for me.
The second problem I had was the ethnic or other way of telling the sides apart. If we have a dark-skinned protagonist who speaks Brekken, Nik, who somehow blends in the enemy side due to this, then how come Fyffe is just let go by the Brekken-speakers when she is blond and blue-eyed? And she picks up Brekken within minutes or days? One can't suspend belief.
There was the immediate change of love interest without so much as a backward glance. The chemistry with both was made inexplicable when the new love interest emerged.
The voice: I admit I am not a fan of an adult trying to use current teen jargon, especially when it sounds jarringly wrong. The explanations and prose were full of non-sentences trying to get us inside a teenager's head. I think it would have been better to tell the story straight. I couldn't connect with Nik due to the voice, and that was the biggest problem for me.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
why did I choose this rating, because the story hooked you in and left you wanting more, also it told enough so that you could understand the world Nik lived in without to much... Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by my reads
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... Read morePublished on October 21, 2013 by Heidi G
Reason for Reading: I love post-apocalyptic novels and this sounded good and also like it would be a stand-alone as I'm tired of trilogies.
I really enjoyed this book. Read more
Mixed feelings. Most of The Bridge seemed to be not very different from all the other recent dystopian-genre novels. Read morePublished on October 28, 2012 by SusieBookworm (Susanna P)
I received this book from Librarything Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review.
The Bridge by Jane Higgins follows Nik, who is an outsider of sorts in... Read more