- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 6
- Lexile Measure: 1030L (What's this?)
- Series: The Seems (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1St Edition edition (September 30, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1599901307
- ISBN-13: 978-1599901305
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,204,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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.