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.
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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.
The Sundered create food. The Sundered create shelter. They’re also dying out – and when they go extinct, so will humanity.
Faced with dual extinction, Harry searches for a cure, but time is short… and every truth he knows is compromised.
There is no time for salvation. In this broken, flooded world, hope has a price.
5 stars: Things are not what they seem
By Tomasthanes on May 29, 2018
I wasn’t expecting this. THE SUNDERED was one of the best Apocalyptic Sci-Fi novels I’ve read in a long time.
Earth’s water has turned black and flooded everything. [This doesn’t obviously seem to be a “global warming” novel. Not “Cli-Fi”. That’s a good thing.]
If you go into the black water, it pulls you under and you die. There’s very little land to grow food on. There’s very little land period. Cities are built on what little land there is.
In the black water live creatures called “The Sundered”. They provide food, keep things working, heal and repair.
Harry comes from a line of people who maintain a map that provides clues to the Hope of Humanity, something that gives humans control over the Sundered.
Good story and plot. Good characters. This is a book I’ll re-read.
5 stars: A Different kind of Fantasy Novel that’s Worth Reading
By Evelyn Puerto on April 7, 2018
If you’re looking for something really different, The Sundered by Ruthanne Reid is for you. This fantasy does a great job getting away from some of the usual conventions and creates a different kind of world. The ending leaves you with a lot of questions, but the lush and gorgeous writing made it a pleasure to read.
5 stars: Everything builds beautifully without becoming overly complicated
By Leah Goodreau on December 7, 2017
I was promised a dark fantasy alien hot mess, and The Sundered delivered. With compelling character dynamics and fascinating world-building, this story creates a tense and immersive atmosphere. Everything builds beautifully without becoming overly complicated. I like the idea of a protagonist who makes mistakes while also clearly trying his best, whose goals are clear but distressingly separate from his dreams. While Harry struggles to figure out what to do with the strange circumstances and questions presented to him, you can see the heart that makes him capable of his task.
Without spoiling anything, I found the ending very satisfying, and I particularly appreciated the bonus material. The journey could be frustrating at times, as it most definitely was for the characters. It’s interesting to see the relationships develop as Harry and the Sundered danced around the idea of trusting one another, just as much as was necessary. I also appreciate a story that isn’t confusing, but rewards you for paying attention, and I feel like the mythology/world building here accomplished that.
This has definitely piqued my interest in the other books of the Among the Mythos series.