- Paperback: 370 pages
- Publisher: Breakneck Media (March 2, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781941539354
- ISBN-13: 978-1941539354
- ASIN: 1941539351
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 126 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Divide Paperback – March 2, 2018
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About the Author
Jeremy Robinson is the international bestselling author of sixty novels and novellas, including Apocalypse Machine, Island 731, and SecondWorld, as well as the Jack Sigler thriller series and Project Nemesis, the highest selling, original (non-licensed) kaiju novel of all time. He’s known for mixing elements of science, history and mythology, which has earned him the #1 spot in Science Fiction and Action-Adventure, and secured him as the top creature feature author. Many of his novels have been adapted into comic books, optioned for film and TV, and translated into thirteen languages. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife and three children. Visit him at www.bewareofmonsters.com.
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In this one, the human race has been reduced to almost nothing. It takes place in a future where mankind lives primitively and in hiding. There is a “divide” in the land that separates what’s left of humanity from a monster called the Golyat. Davina is married to the chief elder. Even so, she is unimportant as his eighth wife. She’s left to be a shepherd and spend her days watching over the flocks. One day she must set out to find her son – so she can take his life before her monster of a husband does. Her son has joined the modernist – a group of people who seek the knowledge of the past – and in doing so has broken the prime law and must be killed. On her journey, Davina not only finds the Golyat and its secret, she finds something that might be even more terrifying still……..she finds herself.
This is a great book. The action is well paced and the story moves quickly enough to keep you on the edge of your seat, but not so fast that it becomes a blur. The Golyat is one of the scarier creatures that Robinson has come up with to date and while not totally unexpected, the origin of the creature was well laid out and as plausible as possible for a book like this. What I enjoyed most about this story in particular was that for a horror story, there was some real character development. I enjoyed getting to know this family of people and because of that, their fates were important to me. That’s the mark of a good book. Anybody can write about monsters…..the trick is making the book more about the people than the monster and Robinson succeeds in that with The Divide.
For fans of Robinson’s other novels, you’ll be very pleasantly treated to some Easter Eggs toward the end of the story as Robinson ties in some of his previous works. While part of me thought it might have been a little over the top, the other part of me loved it and I’m glad Jeremy threw it in there the way he did. I also appreciated that this appears to be a standalone novel. I love a series as much as anyone, but sometimes it’s nice to pick up a book and get a complete story, cover to cover, in one book.
One last thing.
For those not paying attention, this is the second time in recent history that Robison has pulled inspiration from the bible for his Kaiju story protagonist. He did it with The Apocalypse Machine and the character of Abraham. In The Divide, he’s used David’s character – (shepherd, least of his brothers, anointed king and kills the giant Goliath). While the aforementioned Apocalypse Machine was a much more direct allegory to the original biblical story, Robinson certainly pulled aspects of David and Goliath for The Divide. I hope he continues that. It’s always cool to see him figure out ways incorporate the rich characters of the bible into modern day novels.
Another well done book by Jeremy. Five out of five.
I found the portrayal of America to be quite chilling. To think that messing with the wrong technology could create such a wasteland and the need for the Divide is terrifying. I was intrigued, and a bit repulsed, by the creatures in the story, The Golyats. What awesome creatures they were. The characters were very well-developed and they felt like family. The relationship between Vee and Salem resonated with me, as I have one child, a son. I was also particularly taken with Dyer and her humor.
There are many Easter eggs in this book, which is absolutely the frosting on the cupcake that is this great story.
The Modernists, who have her son, are trying to reach the other side of the Divide to find others who may know how to defeat the Goylats.
This epic adventure is that struggle to keep humanity alive, and yet find a way to be free and to fight back. Jeremy Robinson is a master story teller and he has out done himself with this amazing tale. He knows how to create monsters and this is one monster I hope never, ever, makes it to reality!
What I love most about Jeremy’s books is that they are primarily about the characters. Even though they may be fighting monsters in a post apocalyptic setting, or kaiju in the modern world, or themselves on a distant spaceship, the characters are everyday people, who fight for survival, for acknowledgement, or for their fellow man.
For fans of his previous works, there’s a few subtle Easter eggs to make you smile. For those new to Jeremy’s works, you’ll come to see why he really is a masterful writer of exciting adventures.